Fish And Quips

Short quips, quotes, tips or unusual things I have heard or read about aquarium fish and fishkeeping. I have no references for some of them so take them as they are, believe it or don’t.
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Years ago I saw a test area at the Shedd aquarium where they were evaluating different types of tank filtration. The test was in 10 or 20 gallon tanks and they were evaluating under gravel, canister, box and outside power filters. I was told that the under gravel filtration beat the rest hands down.
Nekton R Beta, which is a bird dietary supplement that is high in the carotenoid, beta-carotene will greatly increase any red coloration in fish if added to their food.
Scientist have developed glow in the dark zebra danios – using jellyfish DNA.
Presoaking brine shrimp eggs in RO or very soft water will greatly improve the hatch rate.
It is reported that feeding any newborn fry “green water” will greatly improve their color, vigor and health for life. Green water is easily produced by adding a tiny bit of plant food to a quart of aquarium water and leaving it in sunlight a few days.
Discus fish are nuts for salmon, fresh, frozen or even salmon flakes.
White Cloud Mountain Minnows are repotedly extinct in the wild. But as an aquarium fish it is available worldwide.
Some species of Carp are said to live 400 hundred years. A 15th century monk caught a carp with a metal tag dated 1092.

The following were submitted by AJB:
1 in 5,000 north Atlantic lobsters are born bright blue.
If you keep a Goldfish in the dark room, it will eventually turn white.
A snail can sleep for 3 years.
Starfish don’t have brains
A jellyfish is 95% water.
A blue whales heart only beats nine times per minute.
A starfish can turn its stomach inside out.
More than 20,000,000 seahorses are harvested each year for folk medicinal purposes. The world seahorse population has dropped 70% in the past 10 years.
Sailfish can leap out of the water and into the air at a speed of 50 miles (81 km) per hour.
To reach rivers and lakes where they spend most of their lives, many newborn eels swim for up to 3,000 miles (4,827 k) nonstop.
It’s against the law to have a pet in Iceland.
Dolphins don’t automatically breath; they have to tell themselves to do it.
Tuna swim at a steady rate of 9 miles (14 km) per hour until they die and they never stop moving. Some Scientists estimate that a 15-year-old tuna must have traveled 1,000,000 miles (1,609,000 km).

And the following were submitted by veadra:
All shrimp are born male, but slowly grow into females as they mature.
Humans have three color receptors in their eyes, while goldfish have four, and mantis shrimp have ten.
The giant Pacific octopus can squeeze its entire body through a hole the size of its beak.
More types of fish live in one Amazon River tributary than in all the rivers in North America combined.
Penguins generally mate once and produce one egg per year.
The mako shark and great white shark are two of the few species of shark that are warm blooded.
The giant tortoise can live longer in captivity than any other animal.
The oyster is usually ambisexual. Through its life it will change from male to female and back again numerous times.
It takes seven years for a lobster to grow 1 pound.
To a human, one giant octopus looks virtually the same as any other of the same size and species. This explains why divers claim to have seen the same octopus occupy a den for ten or more years. But an octopus seldom lives longer than four years.
The giant crab of Japan can be as large as 12 feet across.
The snapping turtle eats carrion and is used by police to find dead bodies in lakes, ponds and swamps.
Most tropical marine fish could survive in a tank filled with human blood.
Sharks never stop moving, even when they sleep or rest.
The first known contraceptive was crocodile dung, used by Egyptians in 2000 B.C.
A top freestyle swimmer achieves a speed of only 4 miles per hour. Fish, in contrast, have been clocked at 68 mph.
Minnows have teeth in their throat.
There are 1,600 known species of starfishes in the world.
Penguins can jump as high as 6 feet in the air.
The pupil of an octopus’ eye is rectangular.
The beluga whale is often referred to as the “sea canary” because of the birdlike chirping sounds it makes.
Shock treatment for epilepsy was once administered by electric catfish.
A baby eel is called an elver, a baby oyster is called a spat.
A trout swims at about 4 miles per hour which is faster than you or me.
Lobsters can move up to 25 feet per second underwater.
A winkle is an edible sea snail.”

Hey! Look Mom! Hack, hack, patooey. A Baby Oyster!