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post #21 of 24 Old 12-03-2010, 12:33 AM
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Wow those are nice fish. Huge too. What size are they exactly? I didn't see it mentioned.

Staying up til 1:00 in the morning working on a project due tomorrow and bored waitin on the glue to dry... i probably wont be able to stay awake tomorrow... I hate Latin homework.....

RIP fire eel
why did you think it was a good idea to keep going over the top of the tank
when you realized you couldn't breathe outside water?
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post #22 of 24 Old 12-05-2010, 01:14 PM
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I want to take us back to the initial issue in this thread, as that video is a clear example of what I write time and time again: fish absolutely must be in a suitable environment or they should never be acquired.

You will note the three knifefish are darting around, up and down behind that filter. That is an extremely stressful reaction to having no place to hide from the light and each other. A fish that is by nature used to darkness and hiding places will always be highly stressed in a bare or brightly lit tank. The fish does not know it is "safe" from predators; it only knows what nature has programmed into it, that in such an environment it is highly vulnerable and likely to be attacked and killed. It will spend its hours fighting to get out of those conditions. Unfortunately, it has no escape. The health damage done to these fish from their time in such a tank cannot be measured, and will almost certainly cause trouble down the road and probably early demise, or it may bring out excessive aggression once the fish is in a more suitable surroundings.

And as auntkymmie pointed out, the poor clown loach is similarly highly stressed out, darting around due again to lack of cover and lack of companions; social fish like the loach must be in groups, 5+, there is no excuse. And understand, my comments are intended to bring this to light with the obvious video proof, as showing what will occur when these fish are subjected to inadequate housing. I am less concerned with temporary store conditions than I am over aquarists who think this is how they can "care" for these fish at home.

We as aquarists all have the responsibility to know our fish thoroughly, and be able to provide what they require before any consideration is given to acquiring them.


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Vancouver, BC, Canada

The aquarist is one who must learn the ways of the biologist, the chemist, and the veterinarian. [unknown source]

Something we all need to remember: The fish you've acquired was quite happy not being owned by you, minding its own business. If you’re going to take it under your wing then you’re responsible for it. Every aspect of its life is under your control, from water quality and temperature to swimming space. [Nathan Hill in PFK]

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post #23 of 24 Old 12-05-2010, 04:20 PM
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Originally Posted by Byron View Post
We as aquarists all have the responsibility to know our fish thoroughly, and be able to provide what they require before any consideration is given to acquiring them.

Amen to that.

If you don't stand up for something you'll fall for anything...
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post #24 of 24 Old 01-12-2011, 10:01 AM
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I was going to let this go but feel someone should say something....

The person that posted the video and made this initial post at NO STAGE brought up standards of treatment of ANY thing other than the fish and how they were kept from where he is from, which happens to be Kuwait City.

I was quite shocked as I read along further to see that the treatment of women was mentioned. I am Australian, and here in Oz we are very multicultural, I know people that have originated from Kuwait and/or neighbouring areas and their wives, sisters, aunts, etc get treated with respect.

I find the comment very stereotypical and wrong. Every country has men who treat women badly...also women who treat men badly!

This site is about fish. Was it really required to make such a comment?
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