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post #11 of 12 Old 02-16-2013, 01:02 AM
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Think about that for a second, and show him this post.

Fish cannot "think" and force their bodies to grow a certain way, to a certain size. They will always grow as nature intended them to, they cannot rationalize that "oh hey, if I grow anymore, I won't have enough room. I'm just gonna stop growing". Fish can no more do that than people.

Think of it like this - you could take an infant child and place them in a glass box 3ftx3ftx3ft. As an infant, this is 'enough' space, TECHNICALLY speaking. But as they grow, they will grow cramped and crooked and deformed, not to mention severely psychologically/physiologically damaged. The same goes for fish. They cannot force their bodies to stop growing. They cannot sense that they have too little room to grow.

You could put a great white shark baby in a 55 gallon tank. For a few weeks the baby may have "enough" room, although will be hampered by insufficient space to exercise. Will the shark stop growing to fit this space? No. He's going to grow, and grow, and grow, until eventually his physical body can grow no more. However his internal organs will, and eventually he will die from this.
That isn't even mentioning the fact that the water volume will be insufficient to dilute his waste, and he would poison himself with his own excrement.

Fish however will get stressed from the lack of room, and will often turn very aggressive and frustrated. It's like being confined to one room in your house. It will drive you crazy. They will release chemicals that will affect everyone else in the tank and make them miserable.

Sorry to be graphic, but that particular sentiment upsets me a great deal.
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post #12 of 12 Old 02-16-2013, 10:48 PM
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Originally Posted by trudymae View Post
It is in bad shape I let people steer me wrong on the fish and we are thinning them out out as I type. My husband is telling me I am spazing over nothing. Everyone has told him the bala will only grow to the size of the environment. I don't believe that I have a ton of money invested in our fish. He has only had Gourami and he was younger he has never had a tank as an adult so he so no problems not the way I do.
I agree with Jentralala. To a certain point it is true that some fish grow to the size of their environment, but it is detrimental to their health.. On the outside they may look fine, but internally, their little organs are struggling. It kinda reminds me of Chinese foot binding and the like.. It can be done, but it isn't natural or healthy if that makes sense?

Try not to panic Trudy, hopefully you have taken the advice given here and that is helping?
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