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Old 06-29-2010, 12:04 PM   #11
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Oh ok. Lol I am going to think he says hi to me because i like to think that instead lol

But if they can't think, they don't have emotions, therefore I don't see how they could get depressed. Even though unfortunately when I see pics of fish that are poorly kept they do look unhappy.
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Old 06-29-2010, 12:07 PM   #12
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Oh ok. Lol I am going to think he says hi to me because i like to think that instead lol

But if they can't think, they don't have emotions, therefore I don't see how they could get depressed. Even though unfortunately when I see pics of fish that are poorly kept they do look unhappy.
Well, I don't know the details about this, All I know is that it is scientifically proven that fish have a short-memory of 2 seconds.

I also like to think that fish say "hi" instead :p
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Old 06-29-2010, 12:18 PM   #13
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That is not true rusilja. Unless you provide a link to scientific data, I am not believing it.

Oscars recognize their owners. That is complex facial recognition, not possible with a 2 second memory. In fact it's something humans aren't even born able to do (although facial recognition does occur very soon after birth).
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Also, don't some fish "learn" to stay away from some things? How about clowns? If they only had 2 seconds of memory, how would they find their way back to their anemones? What about when fish have "territories"? How would they know where they ended? Or how would other fish know to stay out of a bigger fish's territory? They remember...
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I have heard that fish' memories reset, and I also heard that they shut half their brain off when they sleep or soemthing like that... It's cool to watch Alejandro sleep even though it freaks me out sometimes because he looks dead. He is all pale and he just sits on a plant and bobs around in the current lol
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I would like to think the territorial thing is instinct, but not sure if that has anything to do with memory or not
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I would also think that dissmissing all the odd things fish do that suggest memory as "muscle memory" is very ignorant. My fish also seem to recognize me, as they flee from new people and rush over when its me. (No food on my hand either).

Muscles cannot reason, only train for a type of movement. And even then, movement requires action from the brain.

Now, its fine to believe they have a 2 sec memory if that is what YOU have observed, but telling the rest of us it is FACT is no better than both religious people and atheist insisting their BELIEFS are fact!

Id say there is more to suggest they DO have a memory rather than that they dont. I used to have this large mouth bass that lived in a pond where I used to live. I caught him one day and boy was he pissed! He fought hard and then I released him. NEVER did that fish bite ANY of my hooks again! And I DID watch him come to see what it was, and then reject it over and over...Thats not proof, but it presents a basis to disagree on.

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i say fish remember stuff. when me or my husband approach the tank, the cardinals will come up the glass and wait to see if we're gonna feed them. but when my daughter approaches the tank they run and hide lol they don't like her... she's a glass smacker.... all i can think of is "twinkle twinkle little star!!" or "whhyyyy are you sleeeeepinnggg??"
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My fish know who I am. They don't do anything different when my wife or kids come around. But when they see me, they get excited.

But if you want to spice things up, send them to fish school.
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fish have no thoughts, just reactions. They know you are the source of food. that's about it. The bigger the brain the more thinking that goes on. fish brains are just not big enough. I dont understand this two second rule, what are they remembering and forgetting?
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