Fish swap night life for Sea Life

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A group of fish that have spent the last ten years at a Bournemouth night club are having drum and bass music piped into their quarantine tank at Brighton Sea Life Centre, which is to be their new home.

A giant gourami and two catfish – the largest a red-tailed catfish – have been moved to Brighton Sea Life centre after the club – Toko – received a revamp.

Kerry Perkins, a marine expert at the centre in Brighton, told The Sun: "They were at the club for so long that they obviously grew accustomed to the heavy bass and steady beat of dance music.

"They can now look forward to a much quieter life in a 7,000 litre tank, along with other species from the same part of the world but we thought they should be acclimatised gradually."
 
Fish experts believed that the gradual reduction of vibrations would help the fish to settle in and recently conducted research would suggest that fishes 'happiness' may be affected by the sounds they hear and are exposed to.

Practical Fishkeeping has already explored the idea that sounds are important to fish and can have an impact on their breeding and behaviour.

It is hoped the fish will thrive in their new home, though they will be missed by Toko’s staff.

Sea Life boss Max Leviston said: "In one way it’s quite fitting to be accommodating fish from a well known music venue.

"The Sea Life Centre building used to house the famous Florida Rooms; a concert room frequented by the likes of The Who back in the 60s."