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Gareth...

Posted By: Isla <kirk_isla@hotmail.com>
Date: Sunday, 19 May 2002, at 12:53 a.m.

You posted a message before asking if anyone had seen the unusual behaviour that youd seen with your bala sharks rubbing together...

Im reading Fish Behaviour in the Wild and in the Aquarium by Stephan Reebs and in the section on lateral lines, he explains that the behaviour of lining up along side one another, and pushing against each other, has been witnessed amoung cichlids. Its thought to be a test of strength and dominancy as the lateral line is very sensitive to water direction and pressure changes and therefore, by pushing against each other, they are basically gauging the others strength.

Ive seen this with my balas, dwarf gourami's and my stroppy b striata - guess theyre just testing the water...so to speak!
&n