Originally Posted by Delapool
It's an interesting point on wild caught vs bred fish.
For me, selective breeding doesn't really bother me. We could argue against it however it's not huge on my list.
I like to know if it is sustainable for the environment and if it is good animal care. Dyed fish just doesn't seem right.
Ballon mollies - hmm, tricky. Don't like anything too fancy that is going to be difficult to keep. On the hand I'm keeping fish in a tank so fancy fish don't bother me to keep as I'm keeping them in a tank, not releasing them into the wild. Must be fairly hardy and reasonable life span though.
Personally, neon and cardinal tetras have a much shorter life span - just don't really work. So I could buy them every 6 months but it's not really fair on the fish (plus the hip pocket). Not sure if that is ethical or just plain pragmatic
See? It's a tricky subject.
I am just as guilty because my favorite fish is a man made adaptation of a wild fish. This was pointed out to me when I was very young. I was having an "anti- man made fish" discussion with my Mentor when he reminded me that my fav fish WAS a man made fish. Blew my whole argument right out the window.
As for sustainability in the environment, you have to go deep for that because some fish are no longer found in their natural environments due to habitat destruction NOT over harvesting. Case in point, The Redtail Black Shark and many Rainbowfishes are no longer found in the wild or are extremely scarce. So if there were no breeding programs to save these fish, they would just be gone.
As for needing to buy neons or cardinals every 6 months, that's a bit short of their natural lifespans. According to this: Lifespans of Aquarium Fish
Neons should be lasting 5-10 years and Cardinals 4 years ( not months.) Then you need to consider that most neons in the trade are tank bred but most Cardinals are wild but sustainably harvested according to reports I've seen. But then you need to throw in the fact that captive bred neons tend to not be as hardy as the wild caught cardinals when they are kept in the proper environmental conditions. It just makes you want to go
Originally Posted by J.Mcpeak
. . . Wow!
All I can say for sure, those key rings are unethical!
(Great input Mr Sager, as always, a source of great knowledge)
I'm not a fan of fancy breeds but then I got a betta crowntail, it's absolutely stunning!
Am I guilty?
Either way this thread has shown some pretty nasty things!
Those tattooed fish! I mean really, what is happening?
Thanks for the nod and YES, you are guilty ( welcome to the club.
First, it just makes me want to cry. Second, it makes me wonder about just how sick the human mind can be. Do I blame the creator of these things or the buyers of these things. To me, each has a bit of depravity in them.