so for my schools Senior prank someone put gold fish in all the water bottles. I’m
The real fault here lies with whatever lfs employee sold all these (probably feeder) fish to some kid, without asking where they were going. In the picture alone, there are ~24 fish visible, and that number is multiplied by each row of bottles. Unless you’re stocking a pond with feeders (no one does that), or you’ve got a separate tank to hold your feeders in until they’re used (what high school kid has a tank system that well planned?), there’s no reason to buy that many at once.
For the day’s time they sat in these tiny bottles, their biological functions did not cease; as they respired, the water became less and less oxygenated (regardless of the fact that carp can survive in relatively poorly oxygenated water), and as they excreted, it became more ammoniated. Some fish care sites suggest a 20 gallon tank for one goldfish, and an additional ten for each subsequent addition, just because of the amount of waste they produce.
I find it funny that at my university, we’re not allowed to conduct any experiments with goldfish (they’re vertebrates and that requires a bunch of red tape for experimentation), but you can buy a goldfish (or a betta) and just stick it in whatever sized anything you think is okay. I’ll put up a video of the betta I care for. He lives in a ten gallon aquarium, and as opposed to the sickly individuals you often see in bowls, he swims actively.
When I was in HS, the seniors took apart a VW Beetle and reassembled it in the main lobby. We didn’t need to put organisms through unnecessary stress for kicks.
Sources: experience fish keeping, biology courses, and numerous fish keeping books. (However, if someone has something to add, or to correct me, please do)