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Old 12-10-2007, 07:12 PM   #1
 
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Stunt Fish Growth

Was wondering how a fishes growth can be stopped? I have a few fish that have seemed to stop growing except my mystery snail...lol

Are there any particular reason on why this happens?

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Old 12-10-2007, 11:23 PM   #2
 
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How often do you change your water and how much? Water parameters?
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Old 12-11-2007, 02:00 AM   #3
 
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Fish excrete growth pheromones, the size of the body of water determines how large the fish is able to grow. The thicker (undiluted) the pheromones are, the less the fish grows. The thinner (diluted) the pheromones are, the larger it will grow.

Water changes dilute the pheromones, simulating a large body of water. This, in turn, allows a fish kept in an enclosed space to grow to its maximum potential. Theoretically the only element limiting its size is the tank size itself (and one's prudence with changing the water). If the pheromones are too thick, it is possible to stunt the growth of the fish, likely killing it.
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