The only time I see my blue spotted sunfish (5) and Fliers (3) in the 75g is at feeding time. All the sunfish are young and two of the Fliers still have the spot, one is a young adult. are there any dither fish I could use to get them out more often.
Don't see my fish much.
Posted 11 January 2018 - 10:46 AM
Some fish species, fish from some localities, and some individual fish are apparently introverts. They hide at the back of the tank at the bottom or the top, frequently in a corner. Other fish in the tank will sometimes draw them out, but not always. I've had the best luck getting introverts to come out by putting schooling fish, such as minnows, in the tank. Enough minnows to school, usually six or more, will commonly get other fish to come out of hiding.
I've used dither fish, such as zebra danios and angelfish, for young oscars. I discovered decades ago that a single young oscar will deteriorate and die without other fish to chase. However, my experience is that predatory native fish such as largemouth bass, smallmouth bass, green sunfish, and grass pickerel are extroverted enough to be easily seen in an aquarium even though they spend most of their time hanging motionless in the water.
Blue-spotted sunfish seem to vary as individuals, but tend to be a retiring species. I had one for about a decade that always sat near the bottom in the back of the tank. It did this whether it was the only fish in the tank or shared it with other sunfish, minnows, and other fish. It did it in sparse tanks and well-planted tanks. I've had other blue-spotted sunfish that were always out and visible. Over the years, I've found blue-spotted sunfish to generally be hiders in my tanks. I've found the same to be the case with fliers, although I've only kept them a couple of times. There are several species of fish that I no longer keep because they always hide in my tanks.
Some retiring fish will be seen more if they have more cover. in my experience, pygmy sunfish are seen more often in a heavily planted tank.
Posted 11 January 2018 - 08:46 PM
FWIW I have a couple 2 inch juvenile flier housed with larger bantam sunfish, orangespotted sunfish and golden shiners and they aren't shy at all. I think having a higher concentration of fish makes them more comfortable to be honest.
Posted 12 January 2018 - 08:39 AM
Posted 12 January 2018 - 11:15 AM
With Blue Spotted Sunfish it must be the nature of the beast. I've had one in my 125 since it was the size of a dime , it has been in this set up for a couple of years with lots of minnows and darters. It stays in the shadows until feeding time and goes out of sight when it is done feeding.
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