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post #31 of 37 (permalink) Old 09-17-2012, 01:08 AM
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I had goldfish as a kid, and they always seemed a lot smarter than people gave them credit for. They definitely seemed to recognize me. I rather like the little guys, and I would love to have a pond someday. :)

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Interesting -- I had looked at a goldfish study that involved inducing lesions on their brains in an attempt to locate which neurological center was responsible for memory.

I guess the reporter and fact checker for that little paper didn't have enough information to write a more accurate account.
It also could have been the memory length studies were done after the brain lesion studies. The studies that I'm referencing are relatively new having been done in the past 10 years.

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Do goldfish always nibble on stuff?

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Yes. Mine love grazing on the algae that coats the back wall and picking through the substrate for left over morsels.

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xD Maestro loves doing that to the sand

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I recently heard that goldfish don't have a stomach and need to constantly graze to stay alive. Good thing our pond has plenty of algae and bits of organic detritus on the substrate. Oh, and the fry are eaten every spring when they spawn, save the occasional one or two.

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the "three second memory" myth was most likely originally concocted to make people feel less guilty about putting them in tiny bowls. i remember hearing as a kid that "their memory only lasts three seconds, so by the time they swim around the bowl they think they're somewhere new!"

So remember, when you're feeling very small and insecure,
How amazingly unlikely is your birth,
And pray that there's intelligent life somewhere up in space,
'Cause there's bugger-all down here on Earth.

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