Destroying The Shy In My Fish

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Hi guys,
I've been away heaps and I've had my friend take care of my fish tank. Before I left for two months I bought a group of Julii corys they were active but when I came back they were skittish and liked to hide like they still do. I came back home about a month ago and bought a school of rummys. They were really active but I've come home for a few days and they're really skittish and starting loosing their colour during a water change. I think that they act like this because there is rarely anyone in my room.

I was thinking of taking out all decor from my tank and setting a smaller tank up for my plants before I leave so when I get back I can rescape and have the fish active. Good idea or not?

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I’d leave the decor in. It would make the fish feel a bit safer.

If you want your fish to be less shy, I would make the fish like you by associating you to feeding.

Like instead of going to the tank once or twice a day for bigger feedings, go up to the tank multiple times a day with smaller feedings.
 

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Yeah. My Betta and rams come to the top of their tanks when I get close hoping for food.
 

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My fish will eat out of my hand, lol. My Black Ram will actually stick her face out of the water when I open the top, it’s hilarious. The color loss may be because the water being added is a different temperature or not dechlorinated. Definitely don’t take the decor out. I’d do what @75g Discus Tank said, make them strongly associate you with only good things...like food
 

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My cories are very shy too. When I first got them they were fairly active and out and about but after a few weeks they started hiding most of the time. I really only see them at night when I feed if I hold still and watch for a few minutes. I don't think there's much you can really do about it, they have small brains and strong instincts and I can't really blame them from hiding from me...
 

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My pepper corie likes to hide but the emerald green cories are all over the place
 
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