Is it Okay to Tap on the Glass of a Fish Tank?

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Tap, tap, tap, swish — is typically the soundtrack of tapping on the glass of your fish tank, followed by your fish friend swimming around frantically. For ages, fish owners have been under the impression that by tapping on the barrier between themselves and their aquatic friend that they’d be able to get their fish’s attention — but that couldn’t be further from the truth. In fact, why should you never tap on the glass? Here’s why:

Tapping Scares Your Fish

Let’s get the obvious out of the way: tapping on the glass scares your fish more than anything. Even if you gently tap on the glass, your fish will swim far away — and may never come forward again. The reason being is that fish have an incredibly strong sense of hearing, and those tapping sounds are even stronger underwater. That being said, your fish may a tad shyer since tapping initiates a fear that sometimes doesn’t go away.

It Can Potentially Harm Them

Of course, your fish won’t be able to physically feel your finger poking into the glass — but when that initial fear kicks in from the tapping sound, your fish will panic and look for somewhere to hide. If they swim at a faster-than-normal speed, then it’s possible they could swim into tank decor (if present) and can get wounded. Another possibility is that your fish’s organs could endure damage, over time, if the tapping on the glass is quite aggressive and frequent.

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