Originally Posted by Delapool
How about does the fish store have a responsibility to sell you the right fish or is it up to the buyer? I guess I'm thinking of obvious stuff like buying a 5 gal
tank with a goldfish or oscar.
This right here is a source of many fish deaths IMO
. Kid sees beautiful Oscar and gets a 10 gallon tank, parents don't know any better and associate wants to make money, not long after you got a dead Oscar.
I go to my LFS
often and I see kids all the time wanting cichlids, Bala Sharks, and other big fish for their little tanks. Some associates care but a lot of times the manager will step in and let the kid have it.
I am willing to bet a majority of fish deaths happen this way.
Another thing is not cycling the tank. I killed 4 goldfish, a gourami, 2 Angels, 2 pictus cats and terrified some tetras before I knew "cycling" existed. It seems to be quite a common thing and we see tons of threads on here about cloudy water and fish deaths that usually results in an uncycled tank.
Outside of disease I would say that is the 2 biggest sources for fish deaths. And it is mainly due to stores selling fish improperly and lack of research on fish keeping.
Information needs to get out about cycling and ethical fish keeping so it can steer away people who realize that this hobby requires lots of work and attention. We would have many less fish deaths if more information on fish care was spread. Like for every fish purchase you get a small packet that explains cycling and it's importance for the health of your fish. There's an idea.
Sorry that's my rant I just hate to see parents buying Bala Sharks for kids because the box of their 30 gallon tank has a picture of 4 Bala's on it.
It's a recipe for disaster.
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