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Katarine
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introducing new fishies
« on: February 21, 2010, 07:17:26 PM »

Alright, so most of you guys know by now about my fishes Sonorus and Tiger. Well, I have this 20 gallon tank that I'm putting them in. its all cycled and Ive tested everything (ammonia, pH.. etc). My question is: after putting the fish in, im supposed to leave them in for a good 24 hours to adjust. Do I turn the light on once they are both in or leave it off for this period of time?
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Re: introducing new fishies
« Reply #1 on: February 21, 2010, 07:25:47 PM »

I would leave the light off for now and when you go to feed them, then turn the light on.
I think it would be less stressful right now while they adjusting to their new home to have the light off.
For about a week, whenever I put the light on for my new baby orandas they would get so scared and go ZOOM
under the power filter in the tank and hide up there.  Finally now they have the idea that good things happen when the light comes on...like "time to eat"! Grin
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Re: introducing new fishies
« Reply #2 on: February 21, 2010, 07:27:18 PM »

thats a good idea actually. But I dont want them to get in the habit of looking for food every time the light comes on...  or will that be a problem?
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Re: introducing new fishies
« Reply #3 on: February 21, 2010, 07:39:20 PM »

Well, light is good for the fish and plants of course if you plan to have those.
I turn the light on in the am when I wake up and then turn it off before I go to bed.
So I guess the light is already on when I feed them their second feeding.
I guess they are conditioned to see me walk towards the tank and expect a treat.  I don't feed oranges and peas as a meal but rather as a treat so sometimes I feed 2 meals and a snack? LOL! 
Who can resist a begging goldfish? Cheesy
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Re: introducing new fishies
« Reply #4 on: February 21, 2010, 07:55:21 PM »

haa.. so theyre all in.. i think i need to get a couple of castles for my fish.. Sonorus is more territorial than i thought... shes being a bully and chasing Tiger 'round..
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Re: introducing new fishies
« Reply #5 on: February 21, 2010, 08:04:02 PM »

Probably just flexing her fins! Grin
I once rescued a goldfish from school and put him in my pond and he went crazy and acted like he was spawning chasing the other fish in the pond around! Cheesy
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Re: introducing new fishies
« Reply #6 on: February 21, 2010, 08:09:23 PM »

I juss hope that it subsides soon.. .I want both of them to live long and happy
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Re: introducing new fishies
« Reply #7 on: February 22, 2010, 04:53:41 AM »

I would say that it's rather a good thing that your fish realize that it's time for food when the light turns on. That's how my fishies work (: I turn it on around 9 in the morning and feed them. After this, I leave the light on for about 12 hours, and feed them some peas or blood worms in the middle of the day, and finally, about half an hour before the light goes out, I give them their supper (:
Get them used to a light cycle that resembles nature! Fish and plants need both light and dark (:
But if I'm not too late, you should keep the light off and avoid feeding your fish for a few hours after they moved to their new tank.

Did you put both goldfish in at the same time? And is Sonorus a lot bigger than Tiger?
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Katarine
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Re: introducing new fishies
« Reply #8 on: February 22, 2010, 09:00:39 PM »

Sonorus is about an inch and a half bigger.. but they seem to be doing fine now.. Smiley I even got Tiger to recognise who "mommy" is hahaha he came up to say hi hahaha Smiley And Sonorus enjoys eating the bubbles... Tongue

^^ Thanks for all your help! Smiley
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Re: introducing new fishies
« Reply #9 on: February 23, 2010, 08:40:16 AM »

Ah, okay (: Good to hear! Wink
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