Conversation with my cousin
This past Friday my lovely cousin who now resides in San Francisco, called me to say hello. I don’t know how y’all are with your cousins, but I could say I only have about 5 cousins that I actually talk to. My cousin Raymond is one of them. Among the many topics we talked about, my complaint of my brother’s axoltl was the most interesting. I complained how his tank is brown and gross, and my cousin told me how to clean it. I complained how the fishes kept dying and how I wasted my money on them, he laughed. Then, I said to him how I loved how my brother actually went and did some research to increase the life of the fishes.
My brother started putting the fishes outside instead of inside. He said that when the fishes were inside, it died faster because of the temperature. When it was outside, they lived much longer. My cousin, being the smart fish guy he is, told me that it’s probably because the fishes pee more in the inside tank because it’s warmer and the body is moving faster. (By the way, I’m still surprised that we swim in the ocean of fish pee, but I’m sure the salt and ecosystem have a way of cleaning it, but still…) The high amount of ammonia that the fish released out probably had some effect on them.
But wait, we did the same thing to the outside tank, the only difference is that it’s OUTSIDE. My cousin, again, being the smart fish guy he is, mentioned something about how the fishes metabolism is probably a lot faster inside than outside because of the temperature. Lightbulb. It’s just like humans right!? Our body is pumping a lot faster when it’s warmer. He then said that when you catch a fish, you put it in cold water/on top of ice to keep it fresh by the time you get home. They’re still alive but they’re body functions are moving slower.
SO yes, cold water is kinda “normal” temperature for fishes so their pulse is moving ‘normally.’ Interesting how we apply the physiology of animals to the way we keep them fresh/and in cooking.
Sorry if this was lengthy. I like to tell the whole story with every little detail. :]