Tuesday, 17 February 2009

classical conditioning...

Four months ago, I bought an aquarium at my home... and since then I have been learning to take care of the fish... At first I used to wonder how would I get to know if its hungry and what makes it scared, etc. As the time passed by there are few things that I have understood about fish... It is more to do with classical conditioning theory... I was instructed by the pet shop owner that I need to drop the food once in a day in the aquarium. I made it a habit and I have been following it every day morning at 10. One thing I noticed that the fish comes to the top of the aquarium around 10 AM everyday…it has got used to this time by repetitive behavior. Even though Gold fish are tiny, I guess they can make out who is near the aquarium and act accordingly. Whenever I pass by the aquarium, I notice that the fish either comes to the top of the aquarium or it freely swims through the water, however if someone else is near the aquarium it tries to hide in the tiny plants. You make a loud noise it gets scared…and yes when you are changing the water it is really scared. Sometimes fishes swim quite fast and they tend to circle around the boundaries of the aquarium and I guess its because either they are very hungry, or they are happy. When the water in the aquarium is changed and the fish is placed in the fresh water, it tends to swim quite fast circling the boundaries of the aquarium…may be its surprised to feel the high levels of oxygen in the fresh water or its just happy to be in the fresh water. Another surprising thing about the fish is… you turn off the lights it goes into the tiny plants and it hardly swims…may be it is resting…when the lights are turned on again, it comes out and starts swimming through the water. I had a pair of Gold Fish and a pair of Dalmatian Fish…Gold Fish gel very well however its not a good thing to have Dalmatian and Gold fish together…its more to do with the speed with which Dalmatians swim and I guess they are aggressive in nature. Couple of times I did see the Dalmatian to hit the Gold fish with its head causing injuries to Gold fish. Gold fish are quite silent and I think they are the best in the breed of fish to have as a pet. The next time I visit the pet shop, I am looking forward to get another pair of Gold fish and have a little bigger aquarium…

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