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Re: NFC: Re: Re: Stunted fish growth and breeding

In my experience, fish kept in too small a space don't end up stunted, they 
simply die before they reach their full adult size...they may grow a little 
more slowly b/c of poor water quality, stress, etc but the old yarn about 
fish only growing as large as their tank is one of the most misleading 
statement in the beginning fish keeping world..."Sure Missy, you can keep 
that XYX fish in you little 5 gallon desktop, it won't outgrow it (it'll be 

Sorry, pet peeve (right along people buying 6" iguanas or 2' burmese pythons 
with no clue...but that's a whole 'nother list)


>From: "nickel55" <nickel55 at worldnet_att.net>
>Reply-To: nfc at actwin_com
>To: <nfc at actwin_com>
>Subject: NFC: Re: Re: Stunted fish growth and breeding
>Date: Tue, 23 Oct 2001 21:05:05 -0400
>That didn't really answer my question Wally, but you do give a good point,
>that maybe a stunted fish is not a healthy fish, I'm not sure I agree with
>that only because I haven't read enough about it.  In my thinking if a fish
>eats, swims, and not to sound stupid here, but does fish things and looks
>and acts healthy, stunted or not, it should be ok.
>                                                                      Terry
>----- Original Message -----
>From: "Wally Billingham" <wallybillingham at wallybillingham_com>
>To: <nfc at actwin_com>
>Sent: Tuesday, October 23, 2001 9:07 PM
>Subject: NFC: Re: Stunted fish growth and breeding
> > IMHO a stunted fish is a very unhealthy fish. If you can't provide a big
> > enough tank for a fish than you should not keep that fish. I would love 
> > keep a largemouth bass but since they can get  24-30 inches long I won't
> > soce I don't have the space for a 500+ gallon tank. I just don't think
> > it is a very good conservation prospect. If you want small catfish than
> > Madtoms, they are native,very cool and stay small.
> >
> > Wally
> >
> > ----- Original Message -----
> > From: nickel55 <nickel55 at worldnet_att.net>
> > To: <nfc at actwin_com>
> > Sent: Tuesday, October 23, 2001 8:40 PM
> > Subject: NFC: Stunted fish growth and breeding
> >
> >
> > >                                    I have a question, I have read that
> > some fish like bullhead catfish for instance, will have their growth
> > when kept in an aquarium. Which for my tank is a good thing. My question
> > if a fish's growth is stunted will it still be able to mate and lay 
> > Let say in the case of a bullhead, if you had a male and female but they
> > only grew to 4 or 5 inches could they mate. I just thought it was an
> > interesting question.
> > >
> > >
> > Terry
> > >
> > >
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