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Re: Hiding fish/lights?


Just curious what species of fish you were dealing with. Cavan and I are
having trouble with tetras. I don't really know if there's much out there on
fish studies and intelligence, but I have concluded that schooling fish are
generally pretty dumb. I don't imagine that they are too trainable. I can't
even get them to come out while I'm at the tank! Most of my other fish show
some signs of intelligence, and I figure by now they know what's going on.
The tetras just don't get it.

Thanks for the story. Makes you think. Pavlov should have worked with fish.
Maybe people wouldn't be so cavalier about flushing them down the toilet.


Beverly Shutes wrote:

> Several years ago I got a cat (GREY) that loved to
> watch the fish.  He'd sit right in front of the tank
> or climb on top of it and hang his front paws down on
> the glass and look at the fish upside down.  Needless
> to say, the fish were panicked and hid every time they
> saw him within 10 feet of the tank, even passing by.
> I decided to train them by sitting my cat on my lap
> every time I fed the fish.  It worked - he can now
> hang over and paw at the tank as much as he wants and
> they couldn't care less.  Sometimes they even gather
> around where he is.
> Then I got a BLACK cat and did nothing because I
> figured the fish were no longer afraid of cats and she
> never seemed to go near the tank anyway.  Mistake.
> She apparently scared them when I wasn't looking.  To
> this day, if I go to feed my fish and I am wearing
> black, they all panic and swim and hide.  If I am
> wearing any other color there is no problem. I have
> been trying to retrain them for some time and they
> have improved a little but I think I'd have been much
> more successful if I had nipped it in the bud!