“Noyer le poisson”*

*(thelocal.fr): “To avoid the real issue. Literally, “to drown the fish.” Some say it means to skirt around the issue, while others say the best explanation would be to bury, divert or hide the subject so it becomes less significant and not noticeable.”

From: The Proverb Hunter:

Don’t cry stinking fish

Here the verb ‘to cry’ means ‘to offer for sale in the street’. Barrow-boys cry fruit: ‘Fine ripe strawberries!’ Flower-girls cry flowers: ‘Lovely violets!’ Fishmongers cry fish: ‘Fresh-caught mackerel!’ But they and others of their kind would not find many customers if they condemned their own wares – ‘Overripe strawberries!’ and so on.

By extension, to cry stinking fish is to belittle one’s own efforts; to speak unfavourably of what one has to offer to others. For example, a young author sent his first novel to a firm of publishers with a covering letter admitting that the grammar was faulty, the construction weak and the plot unoriginal, but he hoped they would accept it for publications. We wonder if they did! Of course, to go to the opposite extreme can be even worse.

All’s fish that comes to the net

A professional fisherman can find some use for all the fish he pulls out of he sea, he cannot afford to be too particular. The proverb advises us to follow his example by taking advantage of everything that comes our way. If a dealer in second hand furniture seems to make a profit out of everything he buys and resells, however useless it may appear to us, we can say of him:

All’s fish that comes to the net

The best fish swim near the bottom

The best fish swim near the bottom and they are therefore the most difficult to catch. Nothing is really worth having if it can be got without any trouble. The best things are hard to come by.”

From apifishcare.com:

“A popular fish type that many people stock their aquariums with are Bottom Feeder — or bottom-dwelling — fish, which include loaches, Plecostomus (or Plecos), Cory catfish (Cory cats), Otocinclus catfish, crayfish, freshwater shrimp, and snails. Aside from being easy to care for, Bottom Feeders are also natural aquarium cleaners, consuming waste as one of their primary forms of sustenance.

Bottom feeders are compatible with both freshwater and saltwater aquariums depending on type, so you can always incorporate a few bottom feeding fish into your tank no matter what type of aquarium you’ve established. A few great saltwater options include Blue Sapphire Damsels, Zebra Hermit Crabs, and Nassarius snails for cleaning most types of aquarium substrate. Freshwater bottom feeders include Cory cats, Otocinclus, and Plecos (as listed above). Keeping any type of bottom feeder will greatly aid in aquarium maintenance over time, helping to keep your underwater world free of waste, algae, and other unsightly aquatic build-up.

To ensure proper nutrition for your bottom feeder fish, select a high-quality fish food to keep your fish healthy and satisfied. With any fish food, be sure to feed only as many pellets as your fish can eat within 2-3 minutes. When fish food goes uneaten, it dissolves into waste in your tank, spiking ammonia levels so that a water change is necessary. If overfeeding is avoided,you will spend far less time cleaning your tank.

Bottom feeders typically thrive in warmer water temperatures ranging between 72 and 84 degrees Fahrenheit, but it is always essential that you research the proper temperature requirements prior to starting a bottom feeder aquarium. Water temperature is essential for ensuring your fish remain well and don’t become susceptible to disease.

If you’re taking the proper steps to keep your water clean and your fish well-fed, your bottom feeders will make happy, healthy additions to your fresh or saltwater aquarium, and will assist greatly in aquarium maintenance over time.”

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