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Old 06-10-2005, 07:27 PM   #11
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I have wondered about that too. From what I have experienced, I have seen certain fish only grow to a short max adult length but live a long life.(Growth Stunting due to environment?)
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so stunted growth doesn't necessarily mean a short life...
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but I`ve heard that fish really grow to their enviornment.
Fish do not really grow to their environment as much as they are stunted by it. Being in a tank that is too small is stressful on fish and this can lead to disease or parasitic infestation. A small tang may be okay for a period of time in a standard 55gal tank. There will come a day where it will need to be moved to a bigger tank.
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I`ve heard that fish really grow to their enviornment. That for example, A tang would not grow as big in a 55 as he would in a 210. Just a rumor I`ve seen before and would like to know the answer. Thanks
Sort of but not in the sense you mean. Captive fish will not usually get near the full adult size reached in the wild. More commonly ¬ĺ of the actual size, tank/species depending. As the fish matures no matter the tank size, the growth rate of the fish slows. The size of the tank also being dependant on actual usuable swimming room, not just water volume.

In a larger "roomy" tank, the growth rate being slowed as they age gives the appearance of the fish reaching a max size when in fact it has not, you just do not realize the growth. In a smaller tank the fish actually stunts it's growth which leads to irreversable heath problems primarily in skelatal developement and internal organ damage. The effects on the fish are not typically overtly visible but do start becoming easily stressed and highly susceptible to otherwise easily defended bacterial problems. HLLE is also a good example of a unhealthy environment.

A fish kept in that kind of restricting environment will commonly have a much shorter life span as well.
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Nice explanation. Makes sense to me! ;0)
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