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Mr.Todd 05-20-2007 08:20 PM

Your Favorite Fish MYTHS!
I just thought it would be interesting to create a post and ask everyone what the craziest fish myths they have ever heard...

For example, I had a guy a the LFS tell me that I should remove my pleco from the tank if it ever gets bigger than my fish because it will "suck a hole in them"

Those would have to be some patient fish to let a pleco suck a hole in them...

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miagrrl 05-20-2007 09:17 PM

this isn't really a crazy myth- but i think its pretty darn silly that people still insist that a beta is happy in a wee little cup of water and that they don't need a full tank. thats darn goofy! its like saying you would be happier in an efficiency apartment, instead of a house.

squiggles1 05-21-2007 01:52 PM

i don't know if this is myth fitting but ive had a fish store manager tell me the mandarin dragonets were eating flake food :roll: and at another store that fresh water morays really are fresh water, they just like a touch of aquarium salt. not true! they are brackish to marine! i think i may have heard that pleco one too actually...perhaps if the fish was dead all ready... also ive seen this product, cant remember the name, but it seemed to imply that by adding it, you would only have to change your water like once every couple of months!

misplacedsooner 05-22-2007 01:21 AM

Ive always found it funny that alot of people pronounce betta bay-ta as in beta(latin) instead of bet-ta which is correct.
mike c.

willow 05-22-2007 02:27 AM

being told that clown loaches will be
ok on their own. :( or two will keep each other company.
don't know that i would call this a myth...........
but i have come across it a few times.

The-Wolf 05-22-2007 04:54 AM

fish, specifically goldfish have a 3 second memory
fish don't feel pain
fish only grow to their enviroment

fish have a highly evolved memory and will remember things for years, take salmon that remember exactly which river they were born in and from 1000's of miles away remember how to get there.

fish do indeed feel pain; how they interprate those sensations is in debate but they do feel it.

certain cryprinid species can slow their body growth down, to a level that from our perspective looks like the have stopped growing, but they can not stop growing. they can not stop their internal organ from growing at all and this often results in disformed fish and an early death. Stunting as it is called.

NeonJulie 05-22-2007 08:46 AM

You may say that... but every time a software person from just about everywhere (including Asian countries) says "the product is in BETA" they say BAY-TA.

I have two... The most annoying myth to me is that universally, water changes are not only unnecessary but they are HARMFUL! Don't do them! They'll wreck your cycle! (What?!? Ok better to let the poor fish sit in it's old pooh??) Now I understand in certain specialized tanks, care has gone into planting and nutrition or filtration, etc. to allow nature to do it's thing in which case a water change may not be crucial. But the average 10-29g starter is NOT running a specialized natural tank like that.

No. 2. Goldfish fit in a bowl. It's true you see them in streams, ponds and lakes. But it's only an inch big, therefore it fits in a bowl.

misplacedsooner 05-22-2007 10:29 AM

correct, the product in beta is pronounced bay-ta..... our betta with 2 t s is bet-ta :)
mike c.

xingumike 05-22-2007 10:40 AM

and then there is the 3rd way bee-ta.

misconceptions..... wolf covered the stunting one... one that gets me is the good ole common plec, alongside goldfish probably the most misunderstood fish in the hobby.

They don't fit in your average starter tank, in fact forget about one unless you have a 4x18x18 minimum (or are getting one within 6 months of getting the plec). I see so many shoehorned into 20,30 gallon tanks and the owners response is 'well he looks happy, he eats well, therefore he is fine'. Not sure where they studied the facial expressions of fish to reach this conclusion! A lot of the time your starter aquarium filtration cannot handle the bioload of a loricarid either.

Leave them in the shops!!

misplacedsooner 05-22-2007 10:57 AM

havent heard bee-ta before. the origin of the word is from thai dialects(siam) and means water dweller. they name their fish by local and where they live so betta picta which is where the name technically derived was called ikan bettah( betta trifasciata) Im kinda soaking this in too, one of the gentlemen in my state aquarium club that travels and does talks on them gave me this info. oh , also love the myth that the small pacu you see in the tanks at fish stores will fit nicly in all home aquria.
mike c.

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