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post #1 of 4 Old 03-04-2011, 11:26 AM Thread Starter
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Do fish get bored and can they remember?

When I bought my 4 F8 puffers I didn't realise they'd been caught in the wild in Indonesia and flown to the UK, the stress of it all for them makes me shudder and I prob wouldn't have bought them if I'd known because it doesn't sit well with me (I've since found out this how many pet fish get to aquariums and am trying to get my head round it)

But now they're here I am determined to give them as good a life as possible. They have a lovely tank, and will get bigger ones as they get bigger, it's well planted with real and fake plants, caves to hide in, rocks to hide behind, bubbles from an air pump that they seem to enjoy swimming through, I give them a varied diet of appropriate food and am meticulous in water changes and water parameters.

Despite this I worry they may get bored as they can remember swimming free in their river and now they only have a tank. They're not showing signs of bordom and seem inquizative and interested in what happens outside their tank.

Am I just being OTT about this or does it bother other fish keepers! I'd love to know your thoughts on this
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post #2 of 4 Old 03-04-2011, 12:16 PM
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Hi yes this bothers me too. I think, where did they come from? and now they are stuck in some 1, 2, 3, 5, or even 10 gal and can no longer swim free. No they don't all live in little puddles. It's like a bird all caged and no toys, not allowed to fly. Ever seen a horse locked in a stall due to an injury. They go stir crazy and pace, weave and walk round and round.
You have given them a 60 gal for 4 fish and that is pretty darn good! You did not do a 20Gal. Mine is a 75G and many race back and forth. The goal is to make their home now as real as possible, stay on our water changes and do our best!!

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post #3 of 4 Old 03-04-2011, 12:25 PM
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I like to freshen up the tank every so often to change it up a little. Small changes keep the interest piqued. Move a plant. Change the layout slightly. Not only will it keep the fish interested and happy but to the viewer it keeps it fresh and new.
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post #4 of 4 Old 04-24-2011, 08:43 AM
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I wouldn't worry about it too much. Yeah, they're in a tank now, but now they don't have to worry about predators, and they get fed on a schedule. Just switch out their toys every so often, and they'll be happy. :)

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