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Old 03-20-2013, 07:45 PM   #731 
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Doesn't take much electricity to kill a fish in water.

My first guess would be that since synos come from a land filled with mormyrids, this would be a defense for them.. Even though a mormyrid can't shock fish, they use weak electricity to see their prey, and I'm guessing if a syno is insulated, the signal gets absorbed and doesn't bounce back? ? That's the only thought I would have.
Maybe in the wild they follow electric catfish for protection.

I'm guessing Electric cats also use their electricity to communicate, and if so, I was reading that elephant noses and knives and such can't breed in captivity because the signals bouncing off the tank walls are too hard for the other fish to read, so they can't tell each other they are ready to mate.
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Old 03-20-2013, 08:03 PM   #732 
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That makes total sense, actually. The synos must have evolved to protect themselves.

Also makes sense that there have never been reports of knives and mormyrids spawning in captivity. Total mixed signals.

I wonder what would happen if someone did put in a titanium grounding rod? Like this one,

Aquarium Safety: Ultra-Ground Titanium Probe

My uneducated guess is they'd no longer be able to communicate at all and their navigation might be a bit spotty.
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Old 03-20-2013, 08:06 PM   #733 
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I think you are right, all the charge would be pulled towards the rod. o.O
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Old 03-20-2013, 08:33 PM   #734 
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THIS conversation is getting dangerous. . . and interesting! I always KNEW that chub was worth it's weight in gold. Lightning-repellent armor, eh? Love it.
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Old 03-20-2013, 08:36 PM   #735 
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Think about the potential for scientific research! :D

Although, Sparky might not be so thrilled about that.

EDIT: Since Sparky has very poor eyesight, I wonder if he would no longer be able to navigate very well if I used the grounding rod.
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Old 03-20-2013, 08:38 PM   #736 
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If all of the theorizing today holds true, then yes. He'd be a disaster. . . though it *might* just make him more entertaining to have around ;)
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Old 03-20-2013, 08:38 PM   #737 
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*builds electric catfish moat* You totally should look in to if two can be kept together. Baby sausages! Now how would you sex them?
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Old 03-20-2013, 08:39 PM   #738 
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With................ a probe.
Have fun with that Meg.
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Old 03-20-2013, 08:40 PM   #739 
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Matt, I actually think Sparky might be a she because he's so round. I've read that female sausages are rounder. But for fun, we call him a he. :D So if I find a slimmer sausage, there might be a good chance it's a he. Then let the fun begin.

Baby sausages would be so fun. Lil Smokies.

EDIT: Olympia, LOL!

Now that would NOT be a happy Sparky.
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Old 03-20-2013, 08:42 PM   #740 
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Wait.........................

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SPARKLES?!
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