galaxy rasbora always hiding

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    My sister 10 galaxy rasbora always hide under a piece of spider wood since she bought them 2 months ago. its a 38 liter jebo tank with no other fish in it. What could be the problem?
     
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    There are no other fish in it... They are very skittish fish. They need dither fish in the tank before they grow brave enough to swim normally in the tank, and even then, you'll rarely see them.
     
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    I have mine in a tank in my tv room.
    The swim freely and I get to see them.

    But if you walk into the room,they are hide.
     
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    next time try maculatus (sp?), they follow you about the room and come to your hand.. great little buggers !
     
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    Or, Ember Tetras.
     
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    yeah Embers, also great characters, can't wait to get my shoal into the big tank.
     
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    I've heard that Galaxies are very shy. Oddly enough mine aren't at all, they're all over the place in the tank, they don't hide at all! It is a heavily planted Walstad type setup, and there are also two male endlers that I had in there to test the water before putting the Galaxies in. So, try adding LOTS more plants for cover - I've often heard it said that shy fish will hide less the more hiding places you provide. You think if you give them more hiding places you'll never see them again, but actually they end up coming out a lot more. Also (or instead if you have a scape you don't want to disrupt), add some dither fish to give them more confidence. Endlers work for me, because they're both small and confident. Oh, and my galaxies are locally bred, maybe that makes a difference? But before you give up and swap them for embers or something (not that embers aren't nice!!) try more cover plus dither fish!
     
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    thank for all the reply's. will try to add more plants and if that fails i will try some small tetras. I will also install a background so they will see less of the movement in the room .
     
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    try if you want some norman lampeye killifish or green neon tetras both available from Loolilocks they both grow 4 cm and under
     
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    Is the tank in a particulalry busy area (kitchen, passgaeway, etc)? This can make fish more likley to hide, if they're not a "brave" species.
     
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    yes the thank is between the kitchen and tv
     
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    Mine also did that, but now that they are a little bit bigger they are all over my tank chasing each other about, nibbling on algae etc.

    It was definitely worth the wait.

    Don't know how big hers is yet but mine are becoming happy campers now that they are a little bigger!
     
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    Moved the tank to a to the conner of the tv room and they seem to be a little bit more brave than before. I'm still trying to convince her to get a bigger tank so she can add more fish.
     

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