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Fish Behaviour, so interesting

Posted By: Lesley <lesleywimbush@hotmail.com>
Date: Sunday, 10 November 2002, at 1:27 p.m.

Being a relative newcomer to fishkeeping(one year now) it has been a real surprise to discover the fascinating behaviours and individual personalities of fish. I've worked with and kept horses off and on for almost 20 years, and am co-owned by two middle-aged and egocentric siamese - so I've experience the gamut of animal eccentricities. I've seen my clowns exhibit almost doglike behaviour - my largest clown, in response to dominating behaviour from my dwarf gourami, will stop and roll over on his back waving one fin, just like a dog being submissive. The skunk loach will swim alongside other fish, leaning to take control of the direction they are swimming in, until he is forcing the other to turn in tight circles. I've felt a bit of weird discomfort when settling down to observe my fish - had them all line up to stare at ME! All of my fish will beg for food, and I have seen my clowns and striatas attempt to free a newcomer from the plastic bag (much like a horse I had who would let himself out of his stall, then fiddle with the latches of the others, but only the ones that he liked, letting them out too.)
I'm surprised at how much enjoyment I am getting out of having these guys around (one 10 gallon tank has multiplied into 2 10 gals, one 25, one 30 and one 45 gal). I'll definitely never think of fish in the same way again... I think that we humans should familiarize ourselves with all the species that we so cavalierly dismiss as lower classes when polluting their environments.


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