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post #1 of 7 Old 04-29-2009, 01:59 PM Thread Starter
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Shy Fish...WTF?

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I have a 46G bowfront, and at the moment it has a Jack Dempsey, 2 Blood Parrots, Gold Gourami, and a baby Green Terror.

When I first got them all they were very active and at least stayed out in the open when I walked in my room.

Now, especially after the weekly water change, they seem to go hide under plants/rocks every single time I walk in my room and only peek out to see if I'm gone yet.

What is their deal? Do I stir too much stuff up during water changes with the siphon? Or is it that I just have a bunch of terrified fish and it's just bad luck?

It's frustrating b/c I enjoy having a big tank in my room, but the whole point is to view the fish, not the plants and rocks haha.

Any explanations/solutions to make them more people-friendly are greatly appreciated

46 Gal. Bow Front
-Blood Red Parrot (orange)
-Green Terror
-Jack Dempsey
-Blood Parrot (yellow)
-Large Gold Gourami

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post #2 of 7 Old 04-29-2009, 05:17 PM
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I don't know what's up, but my 29 gal is just like that. My cories have always been shy, but now my guppies are too because I netted a good number of them out to give away. Now all hide when I touch the tank, and the cories run before I can even enter the room. It is very annoying because I put a good deal of work into that tank :( Hopefully the gouramis that I get will be a little more social.

20 gallon long: 3 adult Neolamprologus similis + about 11 fry of various ages; low light planted tank
20 gallon long:2 freshwater dwarf puffers (Puff Puff and Poofer); medium-light planted tank
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10 gallon: 1 male betta named Dante; low light planted tank
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post #3 of 7 Old 04-30-2009, 11:47 AM
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It will probably just take time to get them comfortable again. Try to make your water changes as regular as possible (e.g. every 7 days exactly) to get them used to what is going on. Pretty soon you will be having to swat them away from your siphon

My wife rolls her eyes when I talk about getting another tank
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post #4 of 7 Old 04-30-2009, 11:54 AM
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This was stated by me once before on this site..........Did you change the lighting anywhere in the room that the tank is in?..........I had this happen to me a few years ago........My JD would freak out everytime i got near his tank, after some deep thoughts, i realized i moved a lamp a few days earlier............What was happening, everytime i approached the tank i was being backlit and my silouette was getting larger as i got closer to the tank......To the fish, i probably looked like a predator getting larger as i got closer.........Just thought i would point that out, in case thats what is happening with your fish...................One other thing, with the fish you have and the tank size, your eventually gonna have to upgrade to a larger tank.......Green terror and a JD might get attitiudes as they grow
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post #5 of 7 Old 05-02-2009, 02:48 PM
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I have a 46G bowfront, and at the moment it has a Jack Dempsey, 2 Blood Parrots, Gold Gourami, and a baby Green Terror.
gourami is gonna be food for the rest of them eventually

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post #6 of 7 Old 05-02-2009, 05:15 PM
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gourami is gonna be food for the rest of them eventually
No, the gold gourami will get too big to be food. I have seen one at 7" before. That doesn't mean that it wont get picked on by the green terror when it's big enough....

My wife rolls her eyes when I talk about getting another tank
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post #7 of 7 Old 05-02-2009, 07:06 PM
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Yeah but you have a 46g not a 300 gallon. That gourami wont get 7" in that tank. maybe 4 Possibly a stretch at 5" but it wont get 7".

Also found this " It is not considered dangerous to humans, but it can be very violent towards fish.
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here
Green terror Cichlids

Ive had aggressive cichlids before in a 90 gallon, even at 2&3 pounds they still tried to kill eachother from time to time. We did have 1 green terror left( well we started with 1) after the other fish turned up dead, fish that were bigger then him with some nasty wounds on them. Id let it be for now and see if it works out for you, if not then do whats best for the fish.

I am not sure why they are shy but maybe they got a reason?

you arent a nudist or anything right?
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