carp in a tank
Posted 13 January 2003 - 01:18 AM
Posted 13 January 2003 - 02:20 AM
I have a Pacu. A south American fish from the amazon region, which in its natural enviroment is capable of growing to 80lb plus. It has been housed in a six-foot tank for the last three years, and has not grown any bigger. Restricted space = restricted fish.
It seems a shame to keep your carp, which is quite a large-growing fish, in such a confined space. The best place for it is in a large garden pond. I would certainly consider rehousing the fish to another tank. The larger the better.
Besides .. bigger fish are far more impressive than smaller ones.
[ 12. January 2003, 08:21 PM: Message edited by: MrWiggly ]
Posted 13 January 2003 - 03:48 PM
Posted 14 January 2003 - 05:07 AM
If you have it on floor boards put something under the legs of the stand to reinforce the boards.
I had a tank set up once and worked out the total weight and I couldn't beleive it, just over half a ton.
You don't want to wake up one morning and find you set up all over the floor do you?
Posted 14 January 2003 - 11:48 PM
Posted 15 January 2003 - 04:16 AM
yes, water is heavy . . .
I got two stunted carp around 11" earlier this year from a tank owner. Put them in my pond and they have started growing again, the largest carp has grown another inch or so in length and both have put on weight . . .
They seem much happier in the pond, they can now turn around
The original keeper then decked the tank out with tropicals . . it looks much better
Posted 15 January 2003 - 04:47 PM
Posted 16 January 2003 - 01:47 AM
[ 15. January 2003, 07:54 PM: Message edited by: chesters1 ]
Believe NOTHING anyones says or writes unless you witness it yourself and even then your eyes can deceive you
There is only one opinion i listen to ,its mine and its ALWAYS right even when its wrong
Its far easier to curse the darkness than light one candle
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Posted 16 January 2003 - 06:03 PM
I remember reading a report on stunted fish, which suggested that there was a natural automatic chemical control that was provided by the fish themselves.
What they felt happened, was that a certain amount of fish in a given body of water would produce an overall level of chemicals through bodily functions. When the number of fish increased in the lake to a point where it was unsustainable, these now high chemical levels slowed or halted the growth of the fish.
To be honest I've seen lots of fish outgrow their tank,& if the above theory has any merit, then it could be explained by regular water changes, filtration etc all take chemicals out of the water.
Chesters, nice to see you back on the forum.
Incidentally Goldfish can live - in good conditions - up to 25 years!
The loose lines gone..STRIKE.
Posted 16 January 2003 - 11:55 PM