Are Your Fish Depressed? There Is How To Recognize It!

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If you have ever wondered if your fish could be depressed – some scientists say “Yes”!

No, they don’t lay on the couch all day long with the warm blanket and a pot of ice-cream watching sad movies. Fish depression is not so easy to notice. That’s why sometimes it’s not obvious that your fish has a problem. We in Nexter bet you also haven’t heard about fish antidepressants that were developed by researchers from Troy University in Alabama.

Novel tank test

The easiest way to recognize fish depression is to use the “novel tank test”, recommend a professor at the Department of Biological and Environmental Sciences of Troy University Julian Pittman. You need to drop your fish in a new tank. It’s depressed if after 5 minutes the fish didn’t start swimming up to explore a new environment.

In Dr. Pittman’s lab, researchers induce depression in a fish by keeping it drunk on ethanol for two weeks, then cutting off the supply, forcing it into withdrawal. This here is a depressed fish. Both clips, which represent a small segment of the five minute tank test, were extracted at comparable speeds. Troy University

Give a depressed bottom lurker an effective antidepressant and within two weeks it will swim up top again. Troy University

Dr. Pittman and other scientists have found that the zebrafish may lose interest in just about everything: food, toys, exploration — just like clinically depressed people.

The common reason why domestic fish may become apathetic is lack of stimulation. In other words, your goldfish is probably bored. To help ward off depression, try to introduce new objects to the tank or switch up the location of items.

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