Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Chocolate & Fish

Sisters and Brothers, I'm sure most of you know by now that you shouldn't feed your dogs chocolate.  Cats and other small pets also require your wariness when it comes to chocolate.  No matter how much they may beg, we are told that chocolate is bad, perhaps even deadly, for our pets.

All pets?

I saw a news article a while back about a London aquarium, the Sea Life London Aquarium, where a fish, Gary the gourami, had a serious Kit Kat habit.  The aquarium reported that he was healthy but they slowly weaned him off this diet of candy by hiding the candy inside grapes.  Fruit is the normal diet for gouramis, the plural of gourami by the way, so this was a clever trick similar to hiding carrots in your child's meal by mashing them or liquidifing them.

Was Gary healthy for a gourami?  He weighed 4kg and was 40cm long but is that a good size for a gourami?  What is a gourami?  A gourami  is a tropical, freshwater fish that can and will eat almost anything.  Contrary to what the newspaper articles claimed of a fruit based diet, the Aquatic Community article on gourami said they need a wide range of from including proteins, veggies and fruits to be most healthy.  They also vary greatly in size from the tiny 5cm to the 60 cm which is about two feet!  They can live for 25+ years in captivity, too, if they are taken care of properly.

From: http://www.metro.co.uk/weird/870970-gary-the-greedy-gourami-takes-a-break-from-eating-kitkats
So why would you feed Gary Kit Kats?  There is a type of gourami called a "chocolate gourami" which can breath air above the waterline and is very tiny at only 5cm with a mostly flat body.  That doesn't sound like Gary at all, does it?


From: http://fishindex.blogspot.com/2008/10/chocolate-gourami-sphaerichthys.html
Without an interview form Gary's former owner and chocolate feeder we'll never know what was the deal with the Kit Kats. 

News Articles Consulted for this Essay:
     News.com.au
     Couriermail.com.au
     Aquatic Community
     Aquatic Community Chocolate Gourami
     Metro

4 comments:

Marian Allen said...

Maybe they thought he was a kit-katfish. ~ouch, that hurt! No hitting, O Mighty One!~

Marian Allen
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TheChocolatePriestess said...

hehehe, Marian, you are funny this morning and I like it.

Kristen said...

I would never think to feed candy to a fish. What an interesting thing to ponder.

TheChocolatePriestess said...

Yeah, it has never crossed my mind to feed chocolate to any non-human animal. Thanks for reading and commenting Kristen.