02-15-2013, 01:20 PM
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Oddly, my tanks started out as amazon biotopes that sort of got overgrown so as someone commented, i will see the odd fish come out once.
You have to factor the individual behavior and temperment of the individual species to truly appreciate them. for example, all the tetras, cpds and endlers come out for each feeding, the SAE will do their sharkey patrol of the grounds once they sense the food and the plecos will sort of stirr a bit but dont really do much until after dark. The hillstream loaches also do most of their activites at night. The cory's come running in like kids after recess bell so this is really part of the adventure in the hobby.
In my shrimp tank with h.formosas (lesser Kilis), micro rasboras (chilis, phoenix, sparrow), panda cory juvies and 50 Crystal red, 20 crystal black and various cherry and fire red shrimp, no one really comes out regardless of how much food is dropped. it isnt until 20 minutes later that you see everyone group feed.
I stopped keeping tabs on individual counts but only watch for newly added tank members for the first week ...
I love feeding everyone and keeping jungle tanks. they are what i love in this hobby. I recently took out dozens of stems to sell and found a pair of scarlet badis (dario dario) that i had forgotten were in the large fish tank. talk about a sight for sore eyes :)