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Hello, I am a 15 year old sophmore in highschool, and I hope to enter a local science fair. I'm really intrested in fish and I want to learn more about how the vibrations in their water cause them to react, using music. This isn't a very popular topic and I haven't found much about it online so I'm wondering if you could use your expertise to help me with this. I mostly want to know if their reactions are noticable enough to record and study. I will be using african chchild fish if I get enough information to do this expieriment so, any information will be greatly appreciated! thanks for your time(:

Hi Aubrey,
  What kind of reactions were you expecting to see?  (Making predictions is an important part of the experimental process).

  Also, how were you planning on getting the vibrations into the water? Just playing music in the room will not really do that -- recall that if you go swimming and someone is talking above the water, you cannot generally hear them.  The music would have to be VERY loud out of the water for the sound waves to penetrate into the water.  I'm not sure I recommend doing that...

-- Ron C.
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I am an expert on cichlid fishes, particularly New World cichlids. My broader expertise includes the behavior, ecology and reproduction of fishes in general. (I am NOT an expert on Goldfish). Please do not use abbreviations, such as "my GT has a swollen eye" because I don't know what a "GT" is. The more clearly you can explain your question, the better chance I have of understanding what it is that you seek. I keep fishes both as a scientist and as a hobbyist and I currently maintain about 140 aquariums.


I am an Associate Professor at the California State University, Sacramento in the Department of Biological Sciences, and I run a website, called the Cichlid Research Home Page . I also write for many popular aquarist magazines, and I was editor of Cichlid News magazine for several years. I am a scientist and I spend my time teaching fish biology, ecology, behavior and evolution and doing research on the reproductive biology of fishes, particularly cichlids. I do research in the laboratory and in Costa Rica, Nicaragua and Mexico. My main interest is understanding the evolution of parental care in fishes. I am interested in encouraging greater public awareness, understanding and participation in science.

Cichlid News, Tropical Fish Hobbyist, Freshwater and Marine Aquarium, Science, Behavioural Ecology and Sociobiology, Copeia, Canadian Journal of Zoology, Trends in Ecology and Evolution, AUK, Environmental Biology of Fishes

PhD (Toronto, 1993) MSc (Simon Fraser, 1986) BSc (British Columbia, 1983)

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