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Do fish remember longer than 3 seconds?

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  1. JamieB

    JamieB

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    I’m stuck in the city tonight, as my work requires on occasion. It’s loud, with too much light for me after being out in the country so long. But some folks prefer the city, some prefer small towns, and some like me, prefer to not live in town at all.
    I wonder if fish are like that, do they prefer big ponds or aquariums. I once saw a thing about goldfish having a 3 second memory. But if that’s true, then how do some remember tricks like eating out of their care givers hand? I’ve got about 10 late fry I’m raising inside for the winter, and I’m trying to teach them to come when I call, the whole “ fishy fishy fishy” thing, then sprinkling on their food. What are your thoughts on this? These are just random ramblings from lack of sleep here.
     
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    addy1 water gardener / gold fish and shubunkins Moderator

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    Well they do remember me as a feeder and not as a predator. And that is based on random feeding.
     
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    All mine remember is the same thing as addy the one with the food .I never really realized in NJ I lived in the city until I moved here .Funny for some one raised on a farm in the burbs .We were locked in because it had been a 5 acre farm for over 50 years but they continued to build homes all around us and we had more sales than ever from people all around in the new houses .They loved it fresh fruit and veggies .So if my memory is that short I am guessing my fish could care less as long as they have food and nice water to swim in
     
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    j.w I Love my Goldies

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    Every time I walk by my pond they remember where the food comes from and I don't feed them every day so if it was 3 seconds they would have had plenty of time to forget.
     
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    I believe that fish do think, perhaps not the way we do, but it is clear that they have intelligence activity

    ...but a small tank for them will never be like a small town for us, we can always leave you know
     
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    Pardon the brown water color, it’s from leaves and the bottom looking so dark. If it warms up enough, I’ll top the pool off for winter. Next run to a big town, I’ll see about an air pump for the winter, last year I just broke the ice as it formed, or rather, the boys did. They are both with their mom this winter, so it’s be up to me. And as this may be a colder winter, I’d better do something to improve things for them. Next good paycheck, I’ll see if I can get a good pump for them too. Will just an in pool pump work to keep it circulating do you think? After the leaves finish falling, I’ll finish pulling them all out one last time. So far, I’ve been netting the ones floating as I can.
     
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    Oh fish remember..... This summer Sarah made it her quest to hand feed the Koi...... And with 47 babies she won them over first., and then some of the bigger ones joined in...... When it came time to give all the babies away and the turmoil of catching them the big ones were shy of us...... They would always follow me around because they knew I was the guy with the food but I was also the guy with the net......they remember....
     
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    brokensword Not all those who wander are lost

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    just to note; you shouldn't 'break the ice' as in pound or forcefully open a hole as this causes shock and can kill your fish. Best is to get a cattle trough heater and use that instead.

    Or, use what I and others use; a pond breather. It'll keep a hole open better than the air pump. I used to use an aerator until one winter, the cold pinched the line closed and the ice closed the hole down. That's when it was handy to have the cattle trough heater.
     
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    Good idea. I’ve seen them at tractor supply.
     
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