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Author Topic: The cause of Stunted fish?  (Read 23702 times)
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« Reply #25 on: October 20, 2010, 04:36:05 PM »

  Karen, I don't quite understand Knifegill's argument.  Is he trying to say that poor water quality is the only cause of stunting?
  If so, I beg to differ.  A fish confined like that and unable to move about naturally would not develop normally in my opinion.  For physical as well as psychological reasons.
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« Reply #26 on: October 20, 2010, 06:46:00 PM »

A curious spin on that. Cats and dogs confined in small quarters, even humans for the sake of comparison can suffer extremely pschologically, like going mad. Can a fish do the same? Just go mad?

I know they can't reason like humans. Would they adapt or go mad?
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« Reply #27 on: October 21, 2010, 12:04:58 AM »

My answer is still that they would die.

All living things need to be provided with the proper environment, nutrients and care or they eventually die.
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« Reply #28 on: October 21, 2010, 09:16:23 AM »

  Karen, I don't quite understand Knifegill's argument.  Is he trying to say that poor water quality is the only cause of stunting?
  If so, I beg to differ.  A fish confined like that and unable to move about naturally would not develop normally in my opinion.  For physical as well as psychological reasons.

I believe something about food was mentioned. However, Knifegill's analogy is so flawed, but seems to always pop up somewhere because on the 'surface' it seems plausible and almost logical. Dang has a correct assumption. There is a big difference between a fish having to 'learn' something and having acquired it's behavioral characteristics through evolution adaptation. I've been there, done that and have had too many T-shirts with a picture of a stressed out Discus on the front.


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