After posting the "how to train show fish" video, a great breeder in Hawaii told me that she never cards her fish, and yet the flare very nicely at the shows. I decided to try partially carding my fish, so that they are able to retreat from the gaze of their neighbors, but also engage in when they want to. You can see that the card allows for the top 2-3" of the jar for viewing.
The fish seem to be even happier and more active. They can choose to rest at the bottom, or flare up top. They seem to flare periodically throughout the day, without exhibiting signs of exhaustion to stress. I still get an aggressive flare response when I remove the card, which is ideal for showing. I may still fully card them right before sending them to a show, but for maintenance purposes, this works very nicely!
5/18/2014 03:56:37 am
I am now doing the half carding as well.. just started it this morning. Doing it the half way vertically to see how effective that is.
I tried placing the cards vertically for a few days, but it seemed like the fish didn't see each other as much. I did have the card in the front of the jar rather than the back, and they spend most of their time in the front. I might try it in the back half later, but that would mean cutting some new cards lol. Very lazy fishkeeper :X
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