My fish is panicky of me?
ok this morning in one of my tanks i found that one of the fish i had bought be aggressive (a fin nipper) so i had to remove him to put him in another tank. the point is i mistaked one of my other fish for him and kinda accidentally moved an ornament and hit him on the side pretty hard. He is ok no scratches etc. i hold seen his whole body no harm done but whenever i grasp near the tank he will go into the underground cave that i accidentally shoved him into. i fed him but he was reluctant. Could i somehow gain the fishes trust back. I know this sounds chance but i don't want my prized severum to be scared of me.
I don't think he will stay panicky of you. Spend lots of time around the tank and feed some treats, my gold severum loves teatime worms. Soon he will forget all about it and be fine, once he's realized you're not going to hurt him again. Good luck!
Just avoid touching him and leave him be for a couple of days, if not weaks. He is rather bit tramautized at the moment, but after healing up he should be fine. All fish gets over it, unless it's brain damage.
You actually wouldn't want them to get too pleased with comming out looking for food, in my opinion. It's much similar to say you take a wolf out of the wild and you cultivate it. That wolf would never survive being released back into the wild because the flight/fear trigger response and the faculty to defend itself is going to go away. By the time an animal close to this would re-gain that, it would most likely be too late. While I'm not trying to send my Africans put a bet on to it's lake of origin to survive, I still consider this within the bigger picture so if my fish retreat to cover when I approach the tank, I just chalk that up to voice a river fish certainly doesn't stick around to see if it's being nurture when a bear happens to go fishing whether you follow me here.