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Old 01-01-2019, 11:34 AM
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So, I have had a group of Kitumbas for over 4 years and in general they don't like the lights on. I had a standard florescent light on for a bit; they hated it and would hide most of the time. I bought a LED with more subdued light, and they still hide and don't show normal behavior.

When light go off or indirect light is on, they are active and display wonderfully. Anyone have similar experience? Any recommendations on how to acclimate these guys?

In general I know they are deeper water fish and naturally like the darkness, but selfishly I want to enjoy their brilliant colors with the lights on.
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Old 01-01-2019, 08:46 PM
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I have the same problem with mine. Same issues as described. They would look aooooo awesome if they swim around with the lights on! Someone help!

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Old 01-02-2019, 11:42 AM
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How much time do you spend with them? The more time you spend with them the more "friendly" they become and will usually come out more.
How many rocks, ect do you have in the tank? The more area they have to hide in the more they seem to hide.
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I usually spend about 30 minutes per day watching them, more on the weekends, during water changes. The tank is lightly decorated, flower pot and a few large bolders.
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How much time do you spend with them? The more time you spend with them the more "friendly" they become and will usually come out more.
How many rocks, ect do you have in the tank? The more area they have to hide in the more they seem to hide.
This is my experience also.

Mine aren't especially light shy but I don't use especially bright lighting. Their main tank has a 36" fixture, 24" aquarium bulb, on a 72" tank, light is off most of the day, the room is naturally well lit on sunny days, not as much on gloomy days. I do think they'd prefer moderate to subdued lighting overall.
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