Originally Posted by Molson_28
The problem is that people buy these stupid small tanks and fish bowls. If nobody bought them them the company wouldn't make them. Shame on the fish stores for selling them. Try living in a closet the rest of your life and see how you like it. Just because a fish can survive in one gallon of water doesn't make it right.
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And this is a perfect example of opinion vs fact.
Yes, most fish will not do well in 1 gallon of water but that does not apply to all fish. In nature, there are fish that stay in probably less than a gallon's worth of water their entire lives so if that gallon bowl or tank can be kept clean, why is that bowl or small tank a bad thing?
The real problem is people put the wrong things in the wrong places. Would you put water in the gas tank of your car? How about cooking oil in the radiator? Obviously not.
But now let's look at real situations: People let pet birds fly loose in rooms with operating ceiling fans or windows that are open without any thought of the consequences of doing these things.
I don't see many people calling the bird police on that one. The family dog or cat is allowed to sleep outside, unguarded from predators, yet nobody complains when they are attacked and killed. ( RIP fido or mr. whiskers
) Isn't this animal cruelty when the pet had no defenses because we trained them not to bark or declawed them so they won't ruin the furniture? Do we not allow these people to buy or obtain replacement pets after this? What about handling the pet turtle when the tank's water hasn't been changed in a month and the turtle has a good case of salmonella in or on it? Does it matter that it was in 30 gallons of water? Do we cheer that the person got sick because of that? Fish are no different.
It's all about proper education. That's on YOU! ( The general you not the specific you.
) The same way you don't buy one of everything you see in the grocery store just because they have it for sale, you don't buy the wrong container for the wrong pet. So is the problem REALLY the small tanks and bowls or is it something else?