Go Back   Aquarium Advice - Aquarium Forum Community > Freshwater > Cichlid Discussion
Click Here to Login

Join Aquarium Advice Today
Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
Please support our sponsors and let them know you heard about them on AquariumAdvice.com
 
Old 10-22-2012, 09:33 PM   #1
Aquarium Advice FINatic
 
Jesselav1233's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2012
Location: Bordentown,NJ
Posts: 508
Ok so I know this sounds stupid but I really think my fish can tell the difference between me and other people that come to visit. When I come to the tank they come right over and expect food obviously I prefer to believe its because they love me so let's just go with that. they do act more timid with other people though. Does anyone feel the same about their fish?

__________________
Jesselav1233 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-22-2012, 09:36 PM   #2
Aquarium Advice Activist
 
Burgo345's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2012
Location: Sugar Grove, Illinois
Posts: 113
Yep happens to me as well they come up for food when im there if its someone they dont normally see they go hide sometimes haha
__________________
Burgo345 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-22-2012, 09:42 PM   #3
Aquarium Advice FINatic
 
Jesselav1233's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2012
Location: Bordentown,NJ
Posts: 508
What kind of fish do u have that act like that? ....... Sorry about the random ..... But this app on my phone is not working well ever since I upgraded to iOS 6 and now it won't post unless I make it a certain length so I have to put it in.
__________________
Jesselav1233 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-22-2012, 09:46 PM   #4
Aquarium Advice Activist
 
Burgo345's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2012
Location: Sugar Grove, Illinois
Posts: 113
My African Cichlids all do it, its pretty awesome
__________________
Burgo345 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-22-2012, 09:51 PM   #5
Aquarium Advice FINatic
 
hcourts's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2012
Location: huntington, wv
Posts: 654
My guys do it too...all of them some come up to my husband and most hide from my kids mine are all over my hands and arms when I'm cleaning tanks as well...I think it's pretty neat
__________________
hcourts is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-22-2012, 09:58 PM   #6
Aquarium Advice FINatic
 
Jesselav1233's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2012
Location: Bordentown,NJ
Posts: 508
So do u guys think they actually can tell the difference between people just from sight? I think mine can I think people underestimate these guys intelligence.
__________________
Jesselav1233 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-22-2012, 10:01 PM   #7
Aquarium Advice Freak
 
kdklovesfish's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2012
Location: North Texas
Posts: 249
My Platys don't seem to care if it's me or my husband, but my two dwarf gouramis will swim to the other side of the tank if my husband is near it. For me they come to the top and "click". Plus they will take food out of my hands and seem to cuddle my hands while I'm cleaning. lol it's almost like they are cats rubbing on my hands and arms.
__________________
My fish and I don't skinny dip; we chunky dunk!
kdklovesfish is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-22-2012, 10:47 PM   #8
Aquarium Advice Addict
 
gman42's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2011
Posts: 1,017
my africans act the same. they love me, but are timid around others.
__________________
gman42 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-22-2012, 11:22 PM   #9
member

POTM Champion
Tank of the Month Award
 
Join Date: Dec 2009
Location: 42.2411°N/88.3161°W
Posts: 6,932
I've had some large new world cichlids react adversely to certain colors, for instance I had a male Parachromis managuensis that would bang the glass if I wore red, didn't matter if was a hat or t-shirt he'd go postal. Now these are larger more intelligent fish, I don't think you'll see that level of interaction with smaller cichlids. Another reason some of these fish are refered as "wet pets". But yes some fish can recognize who feeds them, rather than simple movement outside the tank.
__________________
HUKIT is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-23-2012, 12:26 AM   #10
Aquarium Advice Addict
 
Cichlid-dude's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2011
Posts: 1,565
Im the only one who feeds my africans so when i go to the tank they all crowd at the top. If my wife goes to the tank they act as if she isnt even there lol.
__________________
Cichlid-dude is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-23-2012, 02:17 PM   #11
Aquarium Advice FINatic
 
Fishkeeper88's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2011
Location: Illinois, United states of America
Posts: 633
My Taiwan reef cichlid and I play eye contact games and he flares to alert the rest of fish when something happens in the tank. I also noticed that when the filter shuts off to clear bubbles from the filter unit the guy flags to tell me somethings going on. He literally flags me down by swimming back and forth against the glass fast. I also play a game with him. I take my face and put it an inch away from the glass and open and close my mouth in different patterns and he tries to repeat them. I am thinking of tieing a small ball to a string and teaching him to pull shrimp into the tank. I think after a few hours of isolated teaching when he taps the ball I then treat him. he might respond and remember it.
__________________
Remember Aquascaping is not just moving stuff around, it is an art. Happy aquascaping.
Fishkeeper88 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-23-2012, 02:40 PM   #12
Aquarium Advice Freak
 
Dean jones's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2012
Location: Liverpool,UK
Posts: 209
Great stories guys we are all officially Insane lol
__________________
Dean jones is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-23-2012, 03:05 PM   #13
Aquarium Advice Freak
 
Dean jones's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2012
Location: Liverpool,UK
Posts: 209
Listen I was that bored this afternoon I went on eBay & Amazon and ordered 9 Malawi cichlid books Crazy or what lmao,all books from 70's & 80's
__________________
Dean jones is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-23-2012, 03:05 PM   #14
Aquarium Advice FINatic
 
oscarchic11's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2011
Location: maine
Posts: 906
i have a large Oscar who vibrates her tail @ me, and a small angel, in 2 tanks of course, who comes to the surface and goes nuts when i go in the room. but are trained to hand feed as well. and my Oscar lets me pet her! she is mt water puppy... and my angel gives kisses... lol
__________________
oscarchic11 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-23-2012, 03:55 PM   #15
Aquarium Advice FINatic
 
abrinn23's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2012
Location: Virginia
Posts: 521
I have a black ghost knife that rubs up against my hand when I put it in the tank even if I don't have any food in my hand...pretty cool
__________________
abrinn23 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-23-2012, 05:04 PM   #16
Aquarium Advice Freak
 
Crawdaddy's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2012
Location: Montgomery, TX
Posts: 423
Quote:
Originally Posted by Jesselav1233
What kind of fish do u have that act like that? ....... Sorry about the random ..... But this app on my phone is not working well ever since I upgraded to iOS 6 and now it won't post unless I make it a certain length so I have to put it in.
I found the same thing ios6, but if you just hit return and go to the next line, you can then hit send.
__________________
12, 37, 55
Crawdaddy is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-23-2012, 08:16 PM   #17
Aquarium Advice FINatic
 
hcourts's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2012
Location: huntington, wv
Posts: 654
Well that answered my problem...I just thought is was user error on my part
__________________
hcourts is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-23-2012, 09:28 PM   #18
Aquarium Advice Activist
 
BozziniINC's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2012
Posts: 134
My oscar also goes crazy when im in the room. Even a pike i got a week ago greets me when i come up to the tank
__________________
BozziniINC is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-23-2012, 10:02 PM   #19
Aquarium Advice Activist
 
MikeWidd's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2012
Location: Phila, Pa.
Posts: 112
Quote:
Originally Posted by Cichlid-dude View Post
Im the only one who feeds my africans so when i go to the tank they all crowd at the top. If my wife goes to the tank they act as if she isnt even there lol.
Mine do the exact same thing!

She can play with the cats.
__________________
55 Gallon Cichlid tank
55 Gallon Community tank
40 Gallon Breeder..Convict Fry
MikeWidd is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Please support our sponsors and let them know you heard about them on AquariumAdvice.com

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off








» Photo Contest Winners







All times are GMT -4. The time now is 10:08 AM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2022, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.