Fresh­wa­ter con­fu­sion

Practical Fishkeeping (UK) - - Brackish -

This con­fu­sion aris­ing from la­belling G. tile as the ‘Fresh­wa­ter mo­ray’ has led to the un­for­tu­nate prac­tice of sell­ing this species as if it were a true fresh­wa­ter in­hab­i­tant. This, in part, may be due to ju­ve­nile fish be­ing cap­tured in fresh­wa­ter or near­fresh­wa­ter en­vi­ron­ments.

The other part of the story ap­pears to be a sales gim­mick: it’s a lot eas­ier to sell a fish that, al­legedly, can be mixed and matched with other trop­i­cal fresh­wa­ter species, rather than one that is more par­tic­u­lar about its wa­ter chem­istry.

When kept in less-than-suit­able salin­i­ties, how­ever, G. tile give up the idea of eat­ing un­til con­di­tions are rec­ti­fied.

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