4 years ago #1
fish_finatic
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can fish - HEAR MUSIC? - I often play "spirit" music in my lounge & wonder if my fishies can hear it? Because they seem to thrive when i play those cd's ..... Experts please comment

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4 years ago #2
fish_finatic
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Oh just to add my Betta is super chilled and does not "attack" the school of CHILLIDS anymore. The CHILLIDS also calm down faster after feeding time ? Not sure if this is just a coincidence?

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4 years ago #3
Sayanta
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sound wave is a longitudinal wave which travels by the movement of particle of the medium. so it travels faster in denser medium(faster in water than air). so the amount of intensity is much higher in water. if you play loud music near your aquarium your fishes will be undoubtedly harassed. please dont try this with those little fishes.

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4 years ago #4
Jase
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not sure about hearing as such, but would have thought that the fish 'may' feel some mild vibration through the water perhaps.. but only perhaps I guess. I think fish respond better to company than anything else. I try to keep any of my audio and TV equipment as far away from my tanks as possible though and even then don't really play my sound loud. My fish never seem bothered with the volumes i play at.

I've seen folk who've tried various music types from classical to rock music, and a number of folk 'say' their fish behave differently. I'm not sure, I guess i would have to have quaffed a few extra glasses of wine on a friday before experimenting, however i would be sorely tempted to try John Williams Jaws theme at feeding time if i had piranha... well you would wouldn't you

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4 years ago #5
fish_finatic
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haha !!! thats so funny!
Thanks for the advice will take it all into consideration.
Wonder what Mr.Arthur thinks?

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4 years ago #6
Jase
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I found this article interesting though..
http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2003/02/ 030210075908.htm

Fish do tend to panic from sudden noises near the aquarium so I'd not really experiment with any close sources of sound, especially those containing much bass.

If i'm honest i'd say if you are putting music on, put it on for your own enjoyment and if the fish are not worried by it then fine.. if they look stressed in any way though, think about the fish as they can be affected.

I don't put any music on loud at all, if i want really loud i put headphones on mostly anyway.. but thats mostly due to having a 3-4 year old daughter sleeping upstairs in the evenings when i usually listen to music anyway.

If i was going to put music on for fish though, bizarre as it seems, i would think the music that is used for tai-chi and relaxation would be the least intrusive.

Hehe i bet theres a few folk reading this thread with amusement, but as i've never really thought about this topic much before i saw this thread, figured i'd reply anyway as its fun

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4 years ago #7
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Yes fish do hear sounds. They have internal ear, as they do not need to have external as they live in water and they can also 'feel' vibrations through lateral line. Fish also get stressed by loud sounds and it is a big problem nowadays in seas where there's lots of sounds and noises related to human activities.

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4 years ago #8
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Sound is always a worry of mine as my daughter (3-4 year year old) just always seems to walk with heavy feet.. loves the sound of her own footsteps especially in new shoes hehe.

ohhh how many times have i told her to walk less noisily lol... does she listen? no. but i keep trying.

Fish don't seem to bothered, but one can but try to minimise noise

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2 years ago #9
snow
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it's fine but not to loud y fish is by my bed i have a tv but i keep it low and even if it loud he just parties and he goes to the corner closest to the tv but still not loud enough to hurt my little fishy

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1 month ago #10
Fal$etto
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She's Right, However I'v been playing music through a surround sound system every day (Hip-Hop & Rap even R&B and Pop) extremely loud sometimes and I do notice the fish tend to panic however they've all been alive for 4 years so if it's been a living hell for them they would of been dead a long time ago. My guess from experience is, if they do it hear it, It probably just gets annoying more then life threating but they seem to be doing fine. I wouldn't advise doing it, but that doesn't mean stop your life from doing it, or just don't own fish? Idk, But I'm a musician and musical productions manager so I can't stop my daily job, if it's animal cruelty let me know.... but if its as little as my parents getting annoyed or my cats or dogs, then maybe they can deal with it I mean its only certain times of the day. Life sucks.

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1 month ago #11
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Hmm i havent looked at my fish but i play clarinet in my school band and i practice at home. I wonder if notes over the break effecr fish more or less than really low notes. Of course my gecko can hear it but it doesnt seem to bother her.

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