This first post is dedicated to Sauce_Packet, because it was her frustrated venting post that inspired it.
Thanks also go to Essabee and helenf for their ideas. Myth:
"Because my small tank came with pictures of goldfish on the box, it must be suitable for goldfish."Truth:
Goldfish, even the least demanding space-wise, require a minimum 10 gallons each
, filtered and cycled
. A smaller tank is a deathtrap for goldfish. Goldfish have very primitive digestive systems and produce comparatively huge amounts of waste.Myth:
"Stunting kills because the guts keep growing"Truth:
Stunting generally leads to death mostly because of the conditions that led to the stunting; stress, malnourishment, lack of space, poisons from inadequate filtration/water changes...Myth:
"Fish only grow to the size of the aquarium"Truth:
With adequate filtration and food, fish will grow to near normal adult size unless stunting and stress from stunting kills them. This is where the term "tankbuster"(a fish whose adult size is much too large for a given aquarium) comes from.
Several tankbuster species are(but not limited to): Pacus, clown knife, clown loach, common plecos(actually several different species are called "common plecos", but most, if not all, are tankbusters), red tailed catfish(5 feet!
), shovelnose catfish, arrowanas, oscars, jack dempseys.