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Old 01-12-2004, 08:43 PM   #1
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Fish are friends, not food

So I ate a nice hunk of salmon steak tonight. As I was walking past the fish tank on the way to the kitchen to dispose of the skin and bones I see my fish's faces pressed up against the glass and my fish are staring at me. I see a teardrop run down the smallest Kenyi's face. The fish all set aside their petty territorial differences for a moment to huddle in a circle and say a prayer. They then all look at me with grim resolve, plotting their revenge at the next water change and tank cleaning.

OK, OK, so it's not ALL true, everybody knows you can't see teardrops on fish!

Anyway, is there anyone else here with an overactive imagination who feels guilty about enjoying their favorite fish dish? Is there anyone here that owns a species they have eaten? 8O Is anyone raising their fish so they CAN be eaten (which would explain the high sales of pacus)?

Anyone wonder how tasty their fish are?
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Erm...I get delivery sushi a coupla times a month. I eat it right in front of the tank; my fish don't cry tho. They beg for a taste

While I don't own a species I've eaten, one of the teachers I work with has a HUGE tilapia in his school tank. Tilapia...mmmmmm. I drool when I look in that tank
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LOL, first of all that was great. I've felt a little guilt here and there too. Then I laugh it off and get more shrimp! I have often thought of raising then to eat. Espescially saltwater stuff like lobsters and tiger shrimp. I think of benifits like controlling thier diet and freshness of the bounty. But then I fear the additives like the artificial saltwater and other stuff I don't know about. *shrug* maybe...
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When I was first getting back into the hobby a few months ago i was google searching for info about oscars. I came across a page that was talking about stocking ponds with oscars for sportfishing. They recommended stocking oscars because they grow fast, eat almost anything, will strike almost anything, put up a great fight and have a nice delicious flaky flesh.
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Lots of the decorative fish we have in our tanks are food fish in other places. Clown loaches are to folks in Sumatra what pan fried trout is to us! Clown knives are supposed to be yummy, as are arrowanas.
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I always thought that perhaps if my catfish ever outgrow the pond they might have to be eaten.
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When I was first getting back into the hobby a few months ago i was google searching for info about oscars. I came across a page that was talking about stocking ponds with oscars for sportfishing. They recommended stocking oscars because they grow fast, eat almost anything, will strike almost anything, put up a great fight and have a nice delicious flaky flesh.
Oh my. What happens if inbreeding happens? Id hate to see a oscar/largemouth bass mix. Both of em are already pretty ugly.
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I sometimes eat salmon too; I like to make a "burger" out of it. I really don't like any other kind of "food" fish, though.

The way I resolve this with my bettas is to tell them that if I don't eat the salmon first, it will eat them!!
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I'm with Alli on the sushi thing. I can't get enough of it. When I am done with my sushi meal, I sit back, completely satisfied ... drinking the last of my tea - and sometimes thoughts of my fish DO cross my mind.

That's generally when I order one more yellowtail for the road.
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Ummm, sushi...salmon...tilapia...lobster...prawns...I'm salivating.

Obviously I've never had any worries about eating fish. But I've also never kept an edible fish for a pet. I think it would be weird if I had a big fat catfish in a tank; after a certain size, I'd be eyeballing it and thinking: breaded in cornmeal and panfried.
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