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Old 06-02-2005, 03:03 PM   #1
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buying fish that you know eventually get too big for tank

this really annoys me. when people buy fish knowing that they will eventualy get too big for their tank. am I right in saying any solution when the fish gets too big will stress the fish? Please don't do this, it is the same situation with cats and dogs when people buy one and then decide that they can't look after them, thousands of cats and dogs are in rescue centers- for cats and dogs it gets to the point were some have to be put down to make room for others, It may be different for fish but im sure that in some places unwanted fish get the odd smak against the table. Please ask your LFS owner if the fish will get too big, and research a fish if it is rare. btw I am verry aware that some people may dislike what I am saying here, but before you say anything think. anyone agree with me?
I wasnt really sure if this was the right place to post this so if its not plz move it.
If you didnt know thats ok but if you did know imo thats wrong.
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some people are planning to upgrade, and are willing to buy a bigger tank when they get too big
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Yes, i plan on upgrading to a bigger tank eventually, i want to get a HUGE one when i buy my house.
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yes, i mean when they have no plans for upgrading, all they wan't to do is get one untill it gets too big then send it back
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some people do that, and alot of fish stores dont mind them doing that. They can make some big bucks... think about it, they buy a little fish for 1$ and then sell it for 7$, wait 6 months to 1 year and it gets returned... they have no time or money invested in this fish... now they can sell it for 30-40 bucks or even more... thats free money in their pocket. I cant fathom doing it because I get attached to my fish. There are a few exceptions.... a pacu... that fish is going to require more room then practical for a hobbiest, but some people are going to get it just because its about as close as you can get (looks & attitude-wise) to a pirana without spending the cash for the little chompers... its "cool" whatever.
I dont like the fact either that people will get these fish, and the attitude of "well, its just a fish" I am agreeing with you 100%. But I can also see the pet stores side of it too.... at least people are returning them, I overheard a conversation at the bank just the other day... the pacu kept killing all the other fish, so they just tossed it out on the wood pile, the cats will eat it... 8O HOW HORRIBLE!!! So I guess returning the fish once its too big is better then that poor fishs fate to get eaten by the cats...
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yes, the fish wil keep getting stressed over multiple journeys though, and that cat thing is mean.
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Buying a fish from the LFS and having it for one year then taking it back should not have a great impact on the fish.

My LFS offered me a flying fox for my ten gallon, but when I told them it would get too big, they said they would take it back once it got too big. I could never keep a fish for a certain amount of time only having to take it back again. Its just like a fish rental service.
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I know Its just wrong if you know your going to send it back, theyre not a toy theyre real animals living things and thats what worries me
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I don't think taking fish back to the lfs is a bad thing to do. The move may cause be stressfull, but if you 'accidentaly' bought a fish that got too big (didn't do your research), then I see no other options! Better that then to throw them on the woodpile for cats to eat them, right?

Allot of people don't know how big the fish they buy will eventually get. And yes, they should research everything about these fish before they buy them, but I think there are many people out there that aren't 'responsible' fishkeepers, simply because of a lack of information. And they don't think they need that information, since it's only fish.
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The problem is twofold. If anyone has seen "Finding Nemo" you saw an overstocked FW tank with SW fish displayed in a Dentist's office. That movie alone spurred a lot of people into thinking they could set up the same type of tank in their home. Off to the LFS they went and were shocked to find out that the movie was inaccurate. I can't imagine how many fish suffered due to this one movie and a lack of knowledge.
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