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compensate
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Username: compensate

Post Number: 153
Registered: 03-2006
Posted on Wednesday, April 05, 2006 - 08:59 am:       

I have read about and seen some comments here and there about specific freshwater fish that excrete much more than others. The goldfish is an obvious one. I've heard that some/all plecos do the same.

Is there some reference that shows the heaviest excreting freshwater fish? Do some fish excrete more "pee" than "poop?" Or vice versa? Or do both tend to run together (e.g., high poop is hand-in-hand with high pee)?

This is kind of humorous a bit, but I am still interested.

Actually, I'd like to avoid the heavy waste producers in my upcoming 40g tank . . .
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flyingfish
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Post Number: 508
Registered: 01-2006
Posted on Wednesday, April 05, 2006 - 02:09 pm:       

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cindy
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Post Number: 9861
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Posted on Wednesday, April 05, 2006 - 02:20 pm:       

The law of conservation of matter tells us that the fish you feed the most excrete the most...

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compensate
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Post Number: 163
Registered: 03-2006
Posted on Wednesday, April 05, 2006 - 02:53 pm:       

Yes, that is true, but there are still those that naturally produce more waste than others. I'm avoiding plecos this time around for that reason (had PLENTY of them when I was younger). Plus I want to try out some new fish species I've never had before . . .
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dan
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Post Number: 6783
Registered: 01-2003


Posted on Wednesday, April 05, 2006 - 03:52 pm:       

vegetarian feeders produce more waste than protein feeders since more food is eaten per a given fish size. why? there's less "nutrition" in forage than animal matter, so more must be eaten in order to make a living. too, the roughage in vegetable matter is less digestable and more is excreted as 'waste'. so for a given size, pleco's and GF are high on the list of big waste loaders.
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flyingfish
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Post Number: 513
Registered: 01-2006
Posted on Wednesday, April 05, 2006 - 04:54 pm:       

LMAO! eat corn and prove Dan right the next day!

Dan this is interesting...my fish are eating a high protien diet and this is makes alot of sense. I never thought of it that way. Come to think of it I havent seen much "waste" at the bottom of the tank.
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Donna
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Post Number: 506
Registered: 02-2003


Posted on Thursday, April 06, 2006 - 09:32 am:       

Hmmmmmmm wonder if thats true about human diets as well. I have to be on a high protein diet. thanks for the fish tip Dan...
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compensate
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Post Number: 169
Registered: 03-2006
Posted on Thursday, April 06, 2006 - 10:04 am:       

Thanks, dan. That seems to sum it up quite well!
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Randy
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Post Number: 282
Registered: 01-2006


Posted on Thursday, April 06, 2006 - 10:27 am:       

Yep! Dan sure does seem to know a thing or two about fish. :-)
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