What do fish think of us?

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So a question I often ponder is what my fish think of of me when they see me outside the tank. Do they understand I'm a being? Could they possibly comprehend the entire world outside of water? Are we as humans in "water" and don't know of an entire world outside of "water" same as the fish? Interesting fishlosophy going on here. Any thoughts are welcome, keep it friendly. ;)
 
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I honestly think they view you as a source of food and that's about it. Even though some fish do seem to have personalities i feel like it's more of an innate instinct to act that way. (And it serves them well since we pay them extra attention and make sure to keep them happy when we feel a fish is attached to us.)
 

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Well in my mind my fish consider me a magical God who takes care of them.

The nice thing is even if you can scientifically explain to me that's not right i probably won't understand anyway so as far as I am concerned will always be Fish God in their eyes.
 

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Well in my mind my fish consider me a magical God who takes care of them.

The nice thing is even if you can scientifically explain to me that's not right i probably won't understand anyway so as far as I am concerned will always be Fish God in their eyes.
I like to think of myself as reef god Bob, bringer of brine shrimp.
 

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Fish can't think, same fish will try to eat another worm on a hook because first time fish slipped away. Fish will go after food and run away from predators,
Fish does memorise the safe spots and food source spots. It's just naturally build into them.
.....maybe I'm right, maybe I'm wrong...
One thing for sure, no one have ever asked the fish, and got the answer.
 

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Fish can't think, same fish will try to eat another worm on a hook because first time fish slipped away. Fish will go after food and run away from predators,
Fish does memorise the safe spots and food source spots. It's just naturally build into them.
.....maybe I'm right, maybe I'm wrong...
One thing for sure, no one have ever asked the fish, and got the answer.

To be fair maybe some fish just smarter than others. I mean they could chatting on their forums now about "humans can't think they keep eating tide pods"
 
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My clownfish think of me as a little punk beotch, their chew toy, a punching bag. Hateful little guys.

Pink streaked and possum wrasses look at me kind of curiously, like they know that “whatever that thing is, he’s as weird as me.”

The fairy wrasses seem the most charismatic and inquisitive. They follow me along the glass, will swim up face to face if I put my nose on the glass. So maybe they see me as a… friend? :grinning-face-with-sweat:
 
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I always had that "God complex" as well. They have to see us in some sort of megalithic way as the almighty bringer of everything. Our hands come in and disrupt their habitat but at the same time bring them food. Must be very confused little creatures at some points.

My hawkfish tho.. there's thought behind those deep, black eyes.
 

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I always had that "God complex" as well. They have to see us in some sort of megalithic way as the almighty bringer of everything. Our hands come in and disrupt their habitat but at the same time bring them food. Must be very confused little creatures at some points.

My hawkfish tho.. there's thought behind those deep, black eyes.

Had a hawk fish for many years. He spent his long, happy life staring at me in a way that I couldn’t explain. Perched in weird positions, just watching me, staring into the deepest corners of my soul, uncovering my ethereal nature. Never judgingly, but deeply.

Now I miss my hawk fish lol
 
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In my first freshwater community tank a long time ago, along with the usual neons and guppies etc. I had three angelfish. Whenever I moved close to the tank to look in, those three angelfish would be on the other side, watching me. What did they think of me? I dunno, but to this day I'm convinced I was being studied.
 
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