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Posted by MiserMike on February 20, 2003 at 14:58:28:
In Reply to: afraid of fish? posted by karmic1 on February 19, 2003 at 11:41:43:
:I got my Florida Common Snapper(juvenile) a dozen rosy reds(food) and 2 feeder goldfish(to clean his tank of course)3 days and he just sits in the corner of the tank now. I saw him snap at one 3 days when i first put them in but, that's it. I've given him rosy reds before and he ate them but, I've never put some many in at one time. I'm wondering if maybe this is stressing him out or just making him uncomfortable. I'm thinking of taking some out but, was just wondering what everyone thought. Thnaks.
My ally is pretty poor at catching prey that does not go after his tongue lure. If I put a lot of feeder fish in, the first few (stupid?)ones get eaten quickly, but the last few will last forever, even though I know he's hungry -- they must be too smart to get caught. If I kill them, he takes the dead ones right away. My common snapper is a much more active chase-'em-down hunter, and will get any live fish I put in with him. BUT, they aren't babies any more. My ally was very shy as a little 'un, and had to have hiding places and be left alone in a room for hours before he'd eat even ReptoMin, so I'd think you may be right about a snapper small enough to eat rosey reds being frightened. Generally they get much less timid with time, but I don't know if that's a matter of size, or just getting to recognize The Hand That Feeds Them -- most of my turtles beg worse than a dog at the dinner table when they see me coming. Unless it's with the vacuum cleaner. For some reason the vibrations from it terrify them, so I have to take them out of the room to clean.