Can Fish Learn The Behavior Of Other Fish?

Blaze

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Just curious if anyone has witnessed or heard anything about fish learning the behavior of another fish species and mimic that fish's behavior, perhaps they do so for survival?

I only ask because I have a river chub who has been living with my African Cichlids for about 4 months and has now begun swimming with my African Cichlids and displaying the same behaviors of them.
 

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Paradise fish and Bettas . But they are pretty similar in how they act and in the same family. Took a risk with my soriority tank and put in a few female paradise fish . Besides being bigger and less aggressive . They still flare and chase a little at first and actually really get along with Bettas . It’s so weird how well my Bettas and them got along .
 

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Blaze said:
Just curious if anyone has witnessed or heard anything about fish learning the behavior of another fish species and mimic that fish's behavior, perhaps they do so for survival?

I only ask because I have a river chub who has been living with my African Cichlids for about 4 months and has now begun swimming with my African Cichlids and displaying the same behaviors of them.
My female betta seems to think she's an endler every once and a while. But the endler never make the mistake of thinking she's one of them
 

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