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Old 08-25-2013, 09:41 PM   #71
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It's the luck of the draw. I have been to some smaller towns that have a fantastic LFS. The best LFS are always owned and staffed by saltwater junkies like us.
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Oh I'd love to have my own store. But it's a hard living
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Oh I'd love to have my own store. But it's a hard living
Not to mention that you are directly responsible for helping to destroy the reefs. It is very hard knowing of everything you sell, only about 2% of it will have some semblance of a natural lifespan. maybe less than that.
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If I had a store I'd figure a way to aquaculture anything I sold. So my own store would never happen
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You'd end up like me, I have trouble selling any hard corals. I guess I'm a coral hoarder.

But in the past few years I have grown a lot of coral, maybe enough to pay back Mother Nature for those I killed.

Among the worst culprits for reefs crashing are global warming, human encroachment and poor fishing practices. For sure our hobby is part of the problem, but in our case we have the opportunity to wean ourselves off of this natural resource and maybe even help give back. I cringe as you do when I see a big head of hard coral that obviously was broken off a reef. I try to stick with aqua cultured frags and go without some of the exotic stuff.
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The thing is, even with aquaculture, drawing any attention/attraction to this hobby is indirectly causing damage. think of the Noob who comes to your house or sees your tank here and wants some nice size pieces for his own new reef. Ultimately, someone who sees a mature colony in an established tank is going to want the same, and will be impatient about it. Why not buy the fist sized colony at the LFS instead of waiting a year for the frag to grow?
I don't know how many people on here have killed corals, fish, and inverts to just say "oh well, it was only 35 bucks, I'll buy another one".
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I hate when any of my livestock dies. I hate taking it slow also. But I know that I have to. I only have 3 fish 3 frags an anemone and my clean up crew. I am way under stocked.
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Finding nemo was probably vey disastrous to the reef
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A lot of people bought clown fish and hippo tangs that weren't set up to allow them to survive. It was a mess. Same thing happens when dogs like Dalmatians show up in a Disney movie. Everyone wants to be part of the movie. Especially little kids.
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That's very true. I wish people would educate themselves before jumping into something like that
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