09-29-2011, 11:33 AM
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Originally Posted by Byron
The fish must be suited to the tank space. Otherwise, the fish will be under stress, and that means not healthy and likely to come down with various ailments [as the ich previously mentioned was solely, and I mean solely, due to stress] and guaranteed a less-than normal lifespan. Plus, it is frankly cruel to the fish, which are living creatures. Compare it to keeping a German Shepherd dog in a 4 by 4 foot cage all its life; it will probably remain alive, but it is not living, it is merely existing.
There are plenty of suitable fish for a 36g bowfront tank. And you are wise to be concerned about the floor supporting a larger tank. Water is very heavy.
I watched that video. The knifefish is under very severe stress; its actions clearly show this, they are completely un-natural and compare to a human who is dazed and confused and dizzy. This fish is nocturnal and should be housed in a very dimly-lit aquarium that is at least 3 times its length and 1.5 times its width--and eventually at 20+ inches it will need a 5-6 foot tank that is 200+ gallons. It needs a dark substrate; the coloured gravel is stressing it. It need a lot of "hiding" spots, like bogwood, caves, PVC pipe. This is a fish that never comes in out light, but it is being forced to exist under such conditions. This will takes its toll.
I am sorry to come across judgmental, but from this thread it is clear to me that you have not thought this through. And other inexperienced members have to understand that this is not a suitable situation. My interest and that of the other members who have posted in this thread is solely directed at the fish. All aquarists have a responsibility to properly care for the fish they acquire. We all make mistakes, but we learn from them and avoid them. Please re-home this fish; another local aquarist who can properly provide for it, or the store.
Thanks for the information you have gave to me but my knifes are doing great they show no signs of stress. I only feed them at night and I never turn the lights on unless to check things out or clean the tank. And I believe that I ask for decorative ideas for my new tank. Posted via Mobile Device