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Why did the fish cross the tank? Objectively measuring the value of enrichment for captive fish

By M. Sullivan, C. Lawrence, D. Blache

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There has been very little research into the enrichment preferences of ornamental fish, even though there are billions of fish kept in captivity as pets and research animals. We used preference and motivational testing to compare the value of real and artificial plants to goldfish ( n=20, Carassius auratus). Motivational testing was conducted using a novel approach, requiring goldfish ( n=19) to swim against increasingly strong water currents to access the plants. Goldfish showed a strong preference for planted areas of the tank, spending 90% of their time there compared to just 10% in bare areas ( P

Publication Title Applied Animal Behaviour Science
Volume 174
Pages 181-188
ISBN/ISSN 0168-1591
DOI 10.1016/j.applanim.2015.10.011
Language English
Author Address School of Animal Biology, The University of Western Australia, 35 Stirling Hwy, Crawley WA 6009, Australia.Miriam.sullivan@uwa.edu.au
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  1. Animal behavior
  2. Animals
  3. Aquacultural and fisheries
  4. Aquatic organisms
  5. Enrichment
  6. Fish
  7. peer-reviewed
  8. Pets and companion animals
  9. Plants
  10. vertebrates
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