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Old 06-16-2011, 02:21 AM   #1
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If Aiptasia Anenomes are animals

then why is it okay to murder them...

when you wouldn't murder a healthy fish?
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Old 06-16-2011, 02:38 AM   #2
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murder is a strong word, it's a legal definition that isn't applicable to fishkeeping.

I don't know much about SW stuff but it's not unusual for creatures that are considered pests to get the axe. Roaches are animals and they get sprayed with poison. The list goes on and on. And what about live foods?
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Yeah, you're totally right, I'm just curious what people have to say. I know I've squished snails from a snail infestation, but why is this considered okay and not for fish? What's the difference? =] Opinions welcome!
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for me it's a bonding thing. I've put a hook through fish larger than most of what I keep and tossed them out as live bait without a second thought, yet I couldn't imagine doing that to a fish that I keep as a pet.
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The difference is they are not furry and cute. There is no such things as equal rights for animals.
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To me, it's pretty simple. They take over your tank (much like various snails in fw) and pose a nasty threat to coral and other inverts, sometimes even the fish. If you don't take care of them, they will spread like wildfire until the point where you have a tank full of useless rock that isn't exactly cheap. I hope this answers your question, or at least helps you understand why they aren't wanted.
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To me, it's pretty simple. They take over your tank (much like various snails in fw) and pose a nasty threat to coral and other inverts, sometimes even the fish. If you don't take care of them, they will spread like wildfire until the point where you have a tank full of useless rock that isn't exactly cheap. I hope this answers your question, or at least helps you understand why they aren't wanted.
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To me, it's pretty simple. They take over your tank (much like various snails in fw) and pose a nasty threat to coral and other inverts, sometimes even the fish. If you don't take care of them, they will spread like wildfire until the point where you have a tank full of useless rock that isn't exactly cheap. I hope this answers your question, or at least helps you understand why they aren't wanted.
That's a good point, at it applies to freshwater parasites too. It's interesting how we prioritize forms of life. =] But I guess that's the way the world is, and I'm definitely not going to put my fish in an environment where they're susceptible to ich,let's say, just for the sake of the parasite's life cycle, animal or not!
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I think this is an intriguing philosophical question... we advocate against inhumane treatment of fish all the time (fishless cycling, responsible euthanasia, water changes)... but then we advocate smushing snails with tweezers, injecting aptasia with lemon juice, etc. The live food thing is a little different... at least that is a natural thing. But you are right. It makes me think.
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very interesting indeed
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