Trusting your fish
While this post primarily concerns my Black Ghost Knife, I'm asking my question generally, not specifically. My query does not concern the BGK's habits, rather I want to know about your relationships with your fish.
Do you trust some of your fish more than some of the other fish in your aquarium? If so, is there any rational, or irrational, basis?
I don't trust my BGK. If I determine I am unsure he can escape from his hiding spot, I disturb my tank. I bought one a week ago and he died in under 24 hours (got caught in my filter), so I replaced him earlier this week. This new one is none too keen on living in a tube; he hangs out with my driftwood instead. Sometimes he wedges himself into the driftwood, and I just don't trust him to escape his crevice.
My dwarf frogs like to root around in my substrate (no surprise), and all this digging sometimes knocks around part of my aquascaping. This only thing I've noticed them truly displace is my large flagstone.
The fear extends to my butterfly fish, although less and less since I notice during the day he sleeps in my plants at the bottom of my tank, and my pleco.
I'm unsure if I don't trust some of my fish because of their cost (but I trust some of my expensive fish), because of prior experience, or because of the darned frogs!
Anyone else feel the same or have similar feelings?
I know some of Malawi Haps are capable of flipping their aggression on in the 180g tank.
They all get along well but this DOES NOT mean I am not wary of them...I know one in particular darts off when I approach the tank, as if it did something wrong and it knows I am watching it....Usually goes on a little chasing spree shortly after if I sit down and watch it.
That one sounds like he is a bit mischievous and worth your distrust.
I know this is irrelevant but you need to take back your BGK. Your tank is not big enough, and I am not surprised at all that you already killed one. Be responsible, what are you going to do when that fish is over a foot long?
Ahh, I was looking at the ones you have listed on here.
No problem. I haven't updated my tanks here. I have a fully planted tank, too. I'm still working on making a sump for my tank, so the first BGK got his head stuck in the intake for the HOB power filter. I thought I took precautions with the intake tubes by blocking them off to objects larger than a pin head, but the brother somehow wedged his mouth in there anyway.
I've not really had much of an issue of trust with my current stock of fish. I know my Ornate is a wee bit territorial but the gray bichirs are smart enough to get out of the way and not bother the shy beauty. My African Butterfly appears perfectly happy to be the only one that lives at the top and never attempts any type of jumping of any kind (In fact he's likely to swim by and brush my arm when I'm doing any maintenance, and happily greets me when it's his food time).
I generally trust my loaches...although I know they are mischievous rips that like to reshape the bottom of the tank as they see fit(currently they have taken to shifting the substrate around, and digging). As of yet though they have not managed to uproot the java mat again, and as such I get to laugh at their efforts to do so. I"m sure eventually I'll return one day and find that they have yet again found a way to get that mat out from where it's at.
For trusting my fish, I have degrees of trust and distrust for my goldfish. I trust them and they trust me enough to eat from my hands. But I don't trust them with my plants. Everything was fine for a few months, and then they turned on me. I've never seen them uproot a plant but without fail when I wake up in the morning, it's a sea of floating plants. <_< little buggers
I dont consider it a matter of trust or distrust, it's simply a matter of knowing the behavior of your fish. Always believe that all fish can jump if motivated. Keep a proper cover on at all times. Yes it happens sometimes that fish can wedge themselves into a hidey hole but cant get back out. I've seen multiple fish wedge themselves into places I didn't think any of the fish could possibly fit by themselves.
Yes I do have to keep checking to make sure some of my fish haven't followed through on some unwanted behaviors, but it's somewhat expected and I'm prepared for that.
Of course it really sucks when you think you understand a fish and it does something completly unexpected that leads to a negative result.
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