Are you a “night owl?” Are you causing your fish to be “night owls” to?
If you keep your fish up late you could be putting your fish at risk of sleep deprivation. In turn affecting their heath and shortening their life span. Fish like people require a certain amount of sleep every night to effectively function. A sleep-deprived fish can show visible signs of wariness. The following are a few of the symptoms that may arise.
The fish doesn’t eat well or doesn’t eat at all.
The fish appears sluggish and discolored or pale.
The fish becomes disfigured.
The fish stays near the bottom of the tank or hidden if possible and doesn’t move much.
The fish appears to have fixed eyes or stare a long time in one direction.
The fish doesn’t interact with other fish in the bowl.
The fish isn’t interactive, doesn’t respond to you.
To insure your fish get a “Good Nights Rest” don’t leave the fish light on. Leaving the fish light on in the day can help the fish to see well. If you left the light on for awhile after it got dark it would still help the fish to see but it can keep them active.
Make sure your fish get plenty to eat in the day and an hour before you turn the fish light out. Try to turn the light out when it gets dark and turn it back on when it gets light or as soon as you get up.
While turning the fish lights out will help to reduce light in the bowl any light on in the room will disturb them. Turn the room lights off and if there is a Television or computer in the room turn it away from the tank or find a place in the room to put the tank where the Television or computer light won’t bother them.
A sheet or a tablecloth could be placed over the tank as a cover instead. If you put a cover over the tank make sure to remove it before you go to bed. The cover can make the tank warmer and could make it too hot for the fish.
As a precaution check every so often if you have a cover over the tank to make sure the fish are all right. Don’t allow the cover to touch the fish bulb or light for risk of fire.