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Aggressive Tropical Fish vs Curious Cat


Many pet owners have the problem of disappearing tropical fish from their aquarium.  Sometimes this is mysterious, the fish simply are there one day and gone the next. This is the best reason to keep a complete cover on the aquarium, the fish can jump, whether just from moving too fast, or being suddenly frightened form some sound or swift movement that startles them.  Sometime an aquarist is lucky and finds the dried remains somewhere around the aquarium as they clean.

Astronotus ocellatus - Oscar

South American Cichlid – Astronotus ocellatus – The Oscar

Those with curious other pets, such as cats often may lose fish from the predatory instincts that have not been bred out of the domesticated cats.  More often than not, a cat will get to the fish and then it is easy to add some protein to their diet.  The problem is that often the tank will be much the worse for wear.  A properly located aquarium would make accessing the tank difficult, but there are many times I can remember a canopy requiring replacement after the cat has landed on it looking for an easy fishing trip.

It was with a sense of amusement that I ran across this video recently.  It is nice that the fish do have occasionally have the better defenses and survive to provide an object lesson for the fisher.

The Oscar (Astronotus ocellatus) is a South American cichlid that is quite a popular home aquarium fish. It is quite lovely wen it is young, but often grows up and loses its colours as it gains size. These fish can often reach larger than 8″ in a well fed aquarium setting.  Obviously, in this contest between cat and fish, neither is a juvenile.

Oscar, an aggressive tropical fish versus a curious Cat

The video was posted by YouTube user tzmann5308

Even aggressive tropical fish must be protected as much as possible from the external environment.  This one just happened to be lucky enough to seriously surprise and shock its hunter.  It may never be bothered by the cat again, but I wouldn’t bet on it.

The biggest problem is that there is still the opportunity for fishing.  There is a lot of open space for a paw to enter and grab into the tropical fish tank.  A full canopy should be placed over the tank to prevent wandering paws, but in addition it would also prevent a lot of dust to fall into the aquarium and reduce the amount of evaporation.  It is nice to see the fish win, but unless it gets protected, it may not last a lot longer when stalked by a wiser cat that learns what to expect.

 

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Steve Pond, of Tropical Fish Aquarist, has kept fish both personally and professionally for over 50 years.  He writes regularly on the wide range of current topics that are important to people who keep tropical fish tanks as a passion and a hobby.

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Steve Pond, of Tropical Fish Aquarist, has kept fish both personally and professionally for over 50 years.  He writes regularly on the wide range of current topics that are important to people who keep tropical fish tanks as a passion and a hobby.

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