Well, you guys know that because this is kinda our hobby, we have some responsiblility for the future of it.
Its kind of a tough thing. Becuase there isn't a whole lot we can do against places like Petco. A store manager is not going to be able to do anything about employee training when it comes to salt water fishes. Those decisions come from higher up. And I doubt that the "suits" will listen to reason.
What we can do however is exactly what lando did. We can help educate the buyer. There was unfortunatly a false perception inadvertantly put out there by our good friends at Pixar that Salt Water Fishkeeping was easy. and we need to work to counter act this perception. Luckly, kids these days dont hang on anything for more than 5 minutes, and once this movie is a few years old, the "nemo craze" will Die down. I just thank god that most of the Clowns purchased by good intentioned parents were Tank Raised, Unfortunately I doubt any of the regals were.
We can, and must, demand that our suppliers be as environmentally responsible as we want them to be. If we continue to demand more Tank-Raised stock, If we purchase only net caught specimens, and If we purchase only tank-raised frags
, and aqua cultured rock, We can ensure a bright and beautiful future for the hobby, our tanks, and most importantly, our reefs.
Great Job Lando!, and Great Job to everyone who is working to protect our fishy friends!
Hardware: 37 gallon SW
tank and stand by Oceanic Systems, Magnum 350 Pro Canister Filter (half carbon), CPR Bak Pak 2R skimmer, Maxijet 1200 Powerhead, RenaCal 150 W heater, Compact fluorescent lights with moonlights. 40 lbs of liverock, 3" sand bed.
Software:2 Tank-Raised Ocellaris Clowns, 1 Purple Firefish, 1 Electric Orange hermit crab, 18 Blue Legged hermit crabs, 8 or so Nassarius snails, Xenia, Blue, green, and Green Striped Mushrooms.
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