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Fish whisperers

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Ramon B Member Since: Jan 11, 2015
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A few months ago I was persuaded by my girlfriend to purchase some large, brightly coloured tropical fish for the seemingly-extortionate price of £5 for 2. Since then I have become fond of their cheerful, calming demeanor and have purchased some more.

 

However, a week ago I decided to have a thorough clean up of the tank; to the shock of the Vivifish (N.b, not formal name). Now my previously playful piscines have turned into scaredy cats, and hide behind the plants at the back (see attachment) and no longer offer me comfort and solace. Does anyone know a means whereby I might entice them back into their former calming state? Food doesn't work, they simply eat it when I'm gone. Man Sad

 

Serious answers only please; this is not a facile topic!!!

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Preston H Member Since: Nov 24, 2014
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Have you tried clearing the cache manually and then rebooting?
Also, make sure you update the tank to the latest firmware.
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Ramon B Member Since: Jan 11, 2015
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I only take them out once a month to clean them with washing up liquid and a toothbrush, anything more would be cruel and irresponsible Man Mad

 

 

 

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Pandora H Member Since: May 11, 2010
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@Ramon B wrote:

However, a week ago I decided to have a thorough clean up of the tank; to the shock of the Vivifish (N.b, not formal name). Now my previously playful piscines have turned into scaredy cats, and hide behind the plants at the back (see attachment) and no longer offer me comfort and solace. Does anyone know a means whereby I might entice them back into their former calming state? Food doesn't work, they simply eat it when I'm gone. Man Sad

 

Serious answers only please; this is not a facile topic!!!


Shock is right. I haven't had fish for a long time, but it took me months to find a routine that didn't push mine over the edge every time.

 

Now, these were not saltwater fish, nore were they fancy fish. But I can say that after several months, this made a difference in the long run:

 

1. Making sure the new water was not super cold (I've read a lot of people do this, duh!). Note: this does not apply to ALL fish.

2. Do the cleaning at night. Sounds weird, but what can I say.

3. Do it on a really quiet night. Don't have the TV blaring, etc.

4. Put everything back where it was initially in the tank.

 

Finally, pray. Not all fish are equal. I'd suggest reading about your particular ah, breed, and see if they have any special needs, scares, etc.  And not to be facile, but Google is your friend Smiley Happy.

 

There are some really good "fish forums" out there. Might want to consider joining one. When I had fish, the internet was a baby and there was no online support for fish care.

 

Good luck, and lets see some fish pics! Heh.

 

 

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Ramon B Member Since: Jan 11, 2015
5 of 15

Sadly, the fish died three days after the post. While I don't hold upwork entirely responsible for the tragedy, the fact that it happened on the day of the name change apprears more than coincidental. Either that or I need to invest in a less intrusive cleaning tool.

 

Spoiler
Probably the name change though.
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Preston H Member Since: Nov 24, 2014
6 of 15

Upwork killed Ramon's fish.

Community Guru
Ramon B Member Since: Jan 11, 2015
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That's going too far, all I'm saying is they probably contributed to its death Cat Mad

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Preston H Member Since: Nov 24, 2014
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It is possible that Upwork may have secret programs responsible for replenishing the world's fish populations.

Community Guru
Ramon B Member Since: Jan 11, 2015
9 of 15

I'm not saying I want compensation, but some form of acknowledgement of complicity may be appropriate Cat Sad

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Lena E Community Manager Member Since: Apr 7, 2015
10 of 15

My sincere condolences for the loss of your fish. Did he have a name? Maybe you could get a virtual fish. Here Its a Guppy fish I named him Uppy for you.

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