Feed & avoid conditioning fish to respond to human presence

MrMuggles

I’m noticing how quickly my new fish alerted to the fact that I am the one who feeds them, and the ways that I feed them. Anywhere near the tank and I distract them from doing the normal fish stuff that I want to see, they just dance at the window. When I move decor I get bumps and nibbles now because “omg the food hand is here!”

For now I can enjoy them from the couch fine, they do calm down when I’m further back.

using auto feeders is probably the best option and the route I plan to take. but I’m wondering if y’all have any other tips or tricks to reducing this kind of behavior.
 

TClare

I don’t find it that much of an issue, when I want to watch the fish I sit further back, they soon settle down. In fact in our living room where we have the largest tank, we have a pair of binoculars handy on the sofa so can watch the smaller fish close up without affecting their behaviour.
 

BigManAquatics

My fish pretty much ignore me unless i am standing next to the tank. I often sit on a bucket right next to the tank to watch them go about their business. FYI, that doesn't work so well with one of my bettas.
 

ForBettaorForWorse

I don't mind if they stop doing what they're doing for me, lol. Except when one of the new ones hides cause he's scared of me...
 

TClare

I often sit on a bucket right next to the tank to watch them go about their business. FYI, that doesn't work so well with one of my bettas.
Nor with my angelfishes…I agree it does work with most though, if you sit still and wait a few minutes.
 

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