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fshguyktown
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Taming goldfish?
« on: August 15, 2011, 11:35:24 AM »

my goldfish will follow my finger around the glass, but I seen the other day a person who tamed their fish to eat out of your hand and be able to pet them. Anyone know how to get started?
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Re: Taming goldfish?
« Reply #1 on: August 15, 2011, 02:36:50 PM »

You should let them get used to you first, let them know that your voice means food Wink Talk to them every day, when you turn on the light, when you feed them, when you turn off the light, and in between.
Then gradually start dropping the food with your fingers closer and closer to the surface. Eventually you can start holding pieces of veggies or other larger foods and let them nibble it. Soon enough they'll eat from your fingers.
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Re: Taming goldfish?
« Reply #2 on: August 15, 2011, 05:07:28 PM »

Cool! Thanks ;-) I am already excited to learn of all the things I can feed them. I am totally in love with goldfish. Who knew........    : )
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Re: Taming goldfish?
« Reply #3 on: August 16, 2011, 04:45:55 AM »

If your goldfish eat from the surface just put your finger a bit in the water and the fish nibble on it!
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Re: Taming goldfish?
« Reply #4 on: August 16, 2011, 07:14:26 AM »

Yeah they will do that already... I would like to be able to pet them ... I actually met a woman who specialize in ponds.... she had a indoor pond set up as a model and had a goldfish in it that she could reach down and the fish would swim into her hand and she would gently rub it... it was the coolest thing I had ever seen.
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Re: Taming goldfish?
« Reply #5 on: August 16, 2011, 08:22:07 AM »

Don't feel bad if you can't get them to that point, though.  I tried with my favorite fish, but he was just not a cuddly guy.  He likes me at the glass, likes my voice, and even waves to me, but eating from my hand and petting are not his cup of fish flakes.  It's individual personality- some fish are more "snuggly" than others.
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Re: Taming goldfish?
« Reply #6 on: August 16, 2011, 09:22:58 AM »

Well I am starting to see different personalitys in each of them... which I would like to say is very neat... I will try if nothing else I can hand feed them. Smiley hopefully
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Re: Taming goldfish?
« Reply #7 on: August 17, 2011, 01:21:44 PM »

I coming on this forum and reading other people's excitement and love for their goldfish.  I love my goldfish and really enjoy them everyday.  Best of luck taming your little guys! I havent reached that stage with mine yet either Smiley
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Re: Taming goldfish?
« Reply #8 on: August 17, 2011, 08:15:38 PM »

Thanks...they bite my finger all the time and when I am cleaning the tank they nibble on me . I have tried to get them to swim through my fingers in a circle ... but still nothing. :-) I won't give up I just love these little guys.
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Re: Taming goldfish?
« Reply #9 on: August 18, 2011, 07:12:21 PM »

When you get a new goldfish, it can take anywhere from 2 days to a little over a week to have them eat out of your hand. Some clue in right away and figure out that the most grub is between the fingers...they will make little dashes at the food, then chicken out and dart off, only to return a few minutes later and snag the whole clump! You can gradually move the food up between your fingers and closer to your hand. When they adjust to having your whole hand in the tank, they will no longer be afraid but will boldly nibble it to see if they can  find a morsel. At this point it is not hard to pet them, some will slalom through your fingers and you can rub them.

I would add that I've heard you shouldn't pet them too much though. It's not super great for their slime coat.  Smiley

Sometimes when I hold my hand over the water they try to junp out to bite it!  Shocked
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« Reply #10 on: August 18, 2011, 11:53:57 PM »

yeah I have heard similar about the slime coat Goldiegirl (nice answer).. and I think it would be best if you rinse your hands in old tankwater first, just in case you have any soap/detergent residues etc, on your hands/fingers that could irritate your fishies slime coat/skin eyes etc..
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Re: Taming goldfish?
« Reply #11 on: August 22, 2011, 06:51:37 PM »

Ok good to know thanks a ton....I do not want to hurt my little guys.
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Re: Taming goldfish?
« Reply #12 on: August 26, 2011, 06:12:12 PM »

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I coming on this forum and reading other people's excitement and love for their goldfish.  I love my goldfish and really enjoy them everyday.  Best of luck taming your little guys! I havent reached that stage with mine yet either Smiley

It seems like emotions and personality are basic to life down to at least the fishes. And it seems like they express themselves according to how other fish treat them and what is going on in the environment. They are adaptable. I'm convinced they are able to observe and learn and they definitely know the pond. There is more going on in a fishes brain than I would have thought, even though much revolves around eating.

I've noticed that my fish will scatter if they see me come up quickly. But they are not the least concerned if I pick out leaves next to them or if I myself am in the pond. Perhaps they have no fear of anything in the water yet. 4 common and a shubunkin in 500 gallons.

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Re: Taming goldfish?
« Reply #13 on: August 26, 2011, 07:12:58 PM »

...And yet, they say a goldfish's memory is only 5 seconds.  Roll Eyes Mine always gather in a little mob in the corner every evening at dinner time. They know right where the food is and they DO remember.  Wink
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« Reply #14 on: August 29, 2011, 04:29:54 AM »

The 5 second thing is obviously a myth Tongue
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« Reply #15 on: August 29, 2011, 05:19:09 AM »

yeah thats a myth and total **** (you know what), Ive heard that said about all sorts of animals and birds as well...
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« Reply #16 on: August 29, 2011, 03:26:45 PM »

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Don't feel bad if you can't get them to that point, though.  I tried with my favorite fish, but he was just not a cuddly guy.  He likes me at the glass, likes my voice, and even waves to me, but eating from my hand and petting are not his cup of fish flakes.  It's individual personality- some fish are more "snuggly" than others.

Who needs a snuggly fish when you can get one to do tricks like: fetch, limbo,slalom and of course soccer.

Wikipedia: Goldfish

Intelligence

Goldfish have a memory-span of at least three months and can distinguish between different shapes, colors and sounds.[15][16] By using positive reinforcement, goldfish can be trained to recognize and to react to light signals of different colors[17] or to perform tricks, such as the limbo, slalom, fetch, and soccer.[18]

Now, a fish that can fetch, that's a fish!

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Re: Taming goldfish?
« Reply #17 on: August 30, 2011, 06:55:51 PM »

My fish are pretty special, but they can't limbo... Tongue

Goldfish can also distinguish between different people...they go crazy when I walk in the room (as I am Food Provider) but don't react with as much enthusiasm when a family member or a friend comes near the tank.  Smiley
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« Reply #18 on: August 30, 2011, 11:16:44 PM »

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My fish are pretty special, but they can't limbo... Tongue

Goldfish can also distinguish between different people...they go crazy when I walk in the room (as I am Food Provider) but don't react with as much enthusiasm when a family member or a friend comes near the tank.  Smiley

Cool!

I've read recently that they can tell voices apart.

I find them to be curious and with a complex social structure that depends on what the group is doing at the moment.  When there is a great prize of food waiting on the floor, I see some of them push the other fish away through turning matches. But when they aren't being competitive they enjoy the company. They behave not much differently than elementary kids during recess.

I would not have expected this from a creature with such a small brain but the goldfish is a clever adaptable fish.

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« Reply #19 on: August 30, 2011, 11:33:46 PM »

Their different personalities are cool.  My fish get excited with any attention from anyone even people they haven't seen before, even tho I'm the only one who feeds them. 

It amazes me that they don't care what color I'm wearing, or if my hair is down or in a pony tail, they still love to see me.

I'm glad for this thread.  I'm going to try some hand feeding.  They definitely know the food comes from my hand, 'cuz when I'm putting food in and if it sticks to my fingers, they can't wait and are practically jumping at my hand to get the food, and I'm telling them to hold on a minute...  This sounds like a perfect opportunity for training them.

I don't want to pet them, but to have them swim thru my hand or fingers would be great.
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« Reply #20 on: August 31, 2011, 07:00:54 AM »

I have found Bowie and especially Snowie to be the same, Snowie heads for one corner and waves her pectoral fins and wobbles her head about if I walk into the room, and both have quickly learnt to take food from at first, a match and now my finger... sometimes if I open their feeder hole all you can hear is smacky mouth gobble gobble noises, they sound more like savage little pirahnas than ryukins... cheers all
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« Reply #21 on: August 31, 2011, 11:30:58 AM »

Goldfish deffinately have a begging ritual...the classic wriggling back and forth in one spot of the tank while pumping the mouth open and close. Sometimes they will swim back and forth at top speed from one side of the tank to the other as well. It's funny how they all try to push each other out of the way to get to the food! Waggle your fingers in front of them, and they will immediately go absolutely bonkers!  Cheesy

Wish I knew how to teach mine some tricks; it would be fun. Anyone have experience with this?
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« Reply #22 on: September 01, 2011, 03:01:54 AM »

Oh, them hungry goldfish... mine are like food machines xD Really nothing else on their minds... Wink

Summertime: I think they recognize you on the sound and vibrations from your steps mostly Smiley That way they know it's you even before they see you Wink
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« Reply #23 on: September 01, 2011, 10:11:24 AM »

Smart little buggers!  Shocked

I know what you mean about the food, Nossie. Would hate to be the size of a pellet in a tank full of hungry goldies!
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« Reply #24 on: September 03, 2011, 07:55:09 PM »

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Summertime: I think they recognize you on the sound and vibrations from your steps mostly Smiley That way they know it's you even before they see you Wink

That explains why when I get home at night and it's dark, I don't want to wake them up so I don't turn on the light near them, I just peek at them from the side, and they're usually looking back at me.
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« Reply #25 on: September 04, 2011, 03:04:22 AM »

Aww! Smiley Mine do that too Wink
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« Reply #26 on: September 04, 2011, 07:43:42 AM »

They tested the 5 second thing on Mythbusters Smiley. It was busted because when they came with the food container the goldfish immedietly went to the other side of the maze where they fed them Cheesy.
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Re: Taming goldfish?
« Reply #27 on: September 04, 2011, 10:38:17 AM »

I saw that one fantailer! Lol  Grin

I think if they had kept at it even longer they could have found out how sweet each one could be.  Wink
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« Reply #28 on: September 05, 2011, 12:39:57 PM »

If I feed my fish with an automatic food dispenser while I'm working out of town, will it make them less receptive to me?  I have aquarium plants for them to nibble on if they get hungry.

I don't want to lose their cute excitement when they see me, I still want them to associate me with food... has anyone noticed if their fish lost interest in them when they started using an automatic fish feeder?  Thanks
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« Reply #29 on: September 05, 2011, 12:50:54 PM »

I haven't ever used an automatic fish-feeder actually... But then again, I don't go away for longer than a week, max! (Especially now that I finally have a car available so I can go home and take care of my babies <3)
So I actually don't know... however, my sister and mother etc, haven't ever fed them but they still come to the glass to have a look for potential treats Wink
Besides, they're probably so used to you anyway that they love you too much to forget Smiley

It'd be interesting if someone who actually uses those would have some experience and make a little input, it's an interesting question Smiley
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