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post #11 of 16 Old 08-03-2008, 05:57 PM
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ok so fish dont have human traits. so you dont think fish get lonely when they are the only thing to interact with in the this tiny little box of a world that we provide them? all animals have feelings/emotions.
I would never question that. But they don't have HUMAN emotions. People walking around in the room do not make the fish less lonely. And neither do other fish in most cases. A tetra needs other tetras, a molly needs other mollies. A fish doesn't care how much you love it as long as its living conditions are poor. Period.

(Sorry, OP, I don't mean to jack your thread.)
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Okay, name your fish if you want, they probably don't mind. ;) But unfortunately, this frequently goes hand in hand with assigning human traits to the fish which they definitely don't have. For instance, I very much doubt a molly and a tetra "play" with each other. And a couple of days ago, that college kid asked if his goldfish felt lonely when he (the kid) wasn't in the room.
Don't worry I'm all over the animals don't have human emotions. I tell pet poopsy dog people the same thing. When I say play, it's refering to the same thing I see in my dogs. Interaction with each other. Thats all. "play" may not be the right word, but they do interact. You know swim together, chase each other around, race. Its not aggressive, so I asume it's playing. But regardless, there is "friendly" intereaction. Call it what you will. I call it play.


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Ah, that's where the book rule kicks in...;)
Note: I've taken out several books from the library so I can learn. No, I didn't start on the right foot, I just thought it would be nice to have fish. My sister had an old tank from her kid and I took it and threw a bunch of fish in there. I'm learning. I was just wondering about not actually seeing the Tetra eat thats all.
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post #13 of 16 Old 08-03-2008, 06:58 PM
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Excellent, I'm glad to hear that. And sorry for preaching...;)
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post #14 of 16 Old 08-03-2008, 11:51 PM
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Fish, or any other animal definitely share human emotions, obviously not all of them like love, or hate. But they do feel stress and fear. And thats how a shoaling fish feels without fish of its own kind.

You dog doesn't have human emotions either so why would you name it? Your "human emotions" is really a conscience and its the only thing animals lack.

And just before you laid dead weight upon its shores, I stung you in the face for that's the nature of my core.
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post #15 of 16 Old 08-04-2008, 12:36 AM
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This is going to be my last post on this topic in this thread. I don't want to overwork the moderators. :D We can open a new thread if there is need for further discussion.

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Fish, or any other animal definitely share human emotions, obviously not all of them like love, or hate. But they do feel stress and fear.
These are no human emotions. They are pretty universal.

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And thats how a shoaling fish feels without fish of its own kind.
True.

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You dog doesn't have human emotions either so why would you name it? Your "human emotions" is really a conscience and its the only thing animals lack.
Bah. The genes of my dog have lived in close relationship with human beings for thousands of years. Dogs in their domesticated form would not exist without humans. A dog *needs* humans or dogs around it. Fish need fish of the same species.

Seriously, if I were a betta/goldfish/tetra and someone would put me in a tiny bowl with a plastic plant and pretty much nothing to do, and this person would stand in front of the tank and tell me, "I LOVE you, Sammy!" every day before walking away in freedom; I would tell that person "**** you and your ******* love. Take it and shove it in your ******* ***!" Believe me, it's good that fish don't care a lot about humans. Except the feeding part, that is. ;)
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post #16 of 16 Old 08-05-2008, 07:10 PM
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I did a little googling and it looks like your fish may be a species commonly called a white or goldskirt (also a blackskirt) tetra. So if you want to add to her community when your larger tank is established, you can go look for pictures of that species and see if that's your gal. :)

Here is a link with a number of pictures with a whole spectrum of natural and unnatural colors. http://badmanstropicalfish.com/profiles/profile40.html
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