New Study on Fish Aggression links it to the tank size and aquascaping
The findings of this new study come (or should come) as no surprise. This is now the second scientific study (that I am aware of) that directly links aggression to the size of the aquarium. But here it goes further into the aquascape itself, with results that should be seriously borne in mind when selecting fish for an aquarium.
Aquarium fishes are more aggressive in reduced environments, new study finds
Excellent article Byron! Everyone who joins this hobby should take some time to read it
Great article.... but it's late and I'm getting silly. SOOOO when I read this part:
"In the future, Oldfield said, "This study might help us to better understand how human behavior changes when people are placed in different social environments." Violence in prisons might be linked in part to the smaller space and reduced stimuli."
I immediately thought of the elaborate carpet and twine play structure I built for my cats (for much the same reasons the article suggests) except in human sizes for prisoners. Imagine prisoners having to use ladders and scuttles to get around, not to mention swinging ropes and hammocks. Swiss family Robinson with cement and armed guards.
Sorry, I just thought I'd share my giggle of the night. I do think I'll take this into consideration when I stock the 16G tanks again. Might halve the fish and double the decor.
No giant surprise like humans and other animals they don't like others violating their personal space, and they don't like being backed into a corner (small tank in this case).
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