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fantailer
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Re: Taming goldfish?
« Reply #120 on: October 12, 2011, 04:05:10 AM »

My cousin has a boxer that will rest his head on your leg for every single meal.
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Re: Taming goldfish?
« Reply #121 on: October 14, 2011, 10:23:49 AM »

When my Ryukin are hungry they stare at me, when they have got my attention they then look up to the feeding hatch, and then back at me. They repeat this behaviour until I feed them.

They have me well trained. Smiley
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Re: Taming goldfish?
« Reply #122 on: October 16, 2011, 06:33:11 AM »

hahaha!! Cheesy
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Re: Taming goldfish?
« Reply #123 on: October 19, 2011, 05:39:22 AM »

If I miss a feed, I find my ryukins sitting on the bottom at the front of the tank, all very indignant as if to say "were not being fish until you feed us" they really are training me well...
I recently read a book (the Botany of Desire) that looked at four main plants that we have cultivated over the centuries, it asked the question did we really instigate this cultivation? or did the plants somehow get us to develop them further... it's an interesting question, maybe our fish too cause some sort of endorphins to unlock in our brains and infuence us in ways... ok I will stop raving on now... cheers all
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Re: Taming goldfish?
« Reply #124 on: October 19, 2011, 01:37:18 PM »

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If I miss a feed, I find my ryukins sitting on the bottom at the front of the tank, all very indignant as if to say "were not being fish until you feed us" they really are training me well...
I recently read a book (the Botany of Desire) that looked at four main plants that we have cultivated over the centuries, it asked the question did we really instigate this cultivation? or did the plants somehow get us to develop them further... it's an interesting question, maybe our fish too cause some sort of endorphins to unlock in our brains and infuence us in ways... ok I will stop raving on now... cheers all

I don't know about the plants, but all manner of critters adapt to domestication. Cats and dogs expect us to follow the same routines, that we ourselves have set. I see no reason why goldfish shouldn't have also adapted to having high expectations. Being fed a certain diet and at a certain time is what they expect and when that doesn't happen, it isn't their fault, but ours. I think the biological time clock is inherent in all manner of critters: my cats still come in looking at 6:30 AM, even though day break and when I want to get up, is now much later.

Note that all social creatures take it for granted when we "spoil" them. My fish no longer nibble on the Parrots Feather,  they wait instead for the store bought food. The same is true of cats and dogs, sometimes to such an extant that the owners keep ratcheting up the ante, note the price of many of those gourmet pet foods.

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Re: Taming goldfish?
« Reply #125 on: October 19, 2011, 05:24:31 PM »

cheers Fishy Jeff, it's like, who's leading who here... and I agree they do like to stick to routines... and its the same in the dairy industry, the cows show up at the same time to be milked, day or night, daylight saving does not change a thing for them... and I think its the vet I go to that ratchets up the ante here. lol... those specialist pet foods are quite expensive.
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Re: Taming goldfish?
« Reply #126 on: October 20, 2011, 05:15:06 AM »

Good points guys! I woke up this morning to see Lucky swimming around the front of the tank, I'm beginning to wonder perhaps she was telling me, it was feeding time Wink

Although at the moment her feeding time varies, due to things that I have going on. She swims up very happily the moment she see's brocolli on the veg clip or my fingers with a flake for her Cheesy
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Re: Taming goldfish?
« Reply #127 on: October 22, 2011, 12:23:20 AM »

 Smiley I think they are always telling us its feeding time  Cheesy  Cheesy cheers
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Re: Taming goldfish?
« Reply #128 on: October 22, 2011, 11:03:05 AM »

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Smiley I think they are always telling us its feeding time  Cheesy  Cheesy cheers

It looks that way to me too!

For those that don't know, goldfish are natural grazers. Since they don't have stomachs, they can't get full. What happens instead if they eat too much at a time, is that the food that is pushed through is not fully digested. That, of course, leads to dirty water. You can tell if you are overfeeding by looking at the poop.

All of which I didn't know until I Googled it up!

With colder water in my pond, they are slower, but I haven't noticed them not looking for food yet. It seems that they are growing every week, much of that must be what they find.

I think that like us, they find dining to be entertaining and enjoyable. The highlight of my fishes day seems to be when they go look at the cats when they are drinking, it fascinates them. I think they like to see what is going on, I know my cats do. When I was rewiring my breaker box a couple of them were watching.

For those of you with tanks not so brightly lit that the fish can see out, does it seem like the fish are watching?

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« Reply #129 on: October 23, 2011, 05:12:05 AM »

oh yeah Fishy Jeff, they are watching, they see me whenever I enter the room and they go to the nearest corner. They see when I bring in my 25 ltr water changing buckets... they especially see me when I am preparing their food next to the tank... I have been minding my brother's staffy while he was away and they were checking out the dog every time it came into their view... I have a cat from across the road that visits me (a big male British Blue) he likes the fish and he goes down into their room to watch them, and sometimes he sleeps there all day on my chair, they check him right out as well. cheers
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Re: Taming goldfish?
« Reply #130 on: October 23, 2011, 06:14:22 AM »

Lucky loves to look about!

She has a habit of swimming up and down near the sides of the tank or the front, she's simply looking around, what I find interesting is for a while she spent a lot of time on the left hand side of the tank, just looking at the blue wall paper, but recently she's switched and now she spends more time on the right hand side in stead XD (on the right hand side of the tank is a towel and some fishy things like my water test kit/food etc).

It'll be interesting to see if she still acts like this when I move her to the bigger tank, as everything then will be kept in the stand.

What I also find is that sometimes when I talk to her, she will stop, swim over and look right at me Smiley
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« Reply #131 on: October 23, 2011, 06:53:52 PM »

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What I also find is that sometimes when I talk to her, she will stop, swim over and look right at me Smiley

oh yeah Skwishee, sounds like Lucky is giving you the "are you talking to me" cheers
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Re: Taming goldfish?
« Reply #132 on: October 24, 2011, 05:38:48 AM »

SkwisheeI wish my goldfish did that they just keep swarming side to side at me!
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« Reply #133 on: November 01, 2011, 07:35:43 PM »

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What I also find is that sometimes when I talk to her, she will stop, swim over and look right at me Smiley
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SkwisheeI wish my goldfish did that they just keep swarming side to side at me!
my eva usually looks at me and swims back and forth and stares at me while wiggling her little "feed me, mommy" dance when i walk into the room (: she's such a happy little feesh<3
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Re: Taming goldfish?
« Reply #134 on: November 02, 2011, 01:11:16 PM »

That's so cute!! Cheesy

It's a sign that she's really healthy and happy Smiley A goldfish should always greet you with a hungry and open mouth Wink
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Re: Taming goldfish?
« Reply #135 on: December 18, 2011, 06:19:39 PM »

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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

I have been using an automatic feeder at times, and my goldfish still love me and go crazy whenever I say 'hi' to them!   Grin
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