I am looking for some new fish for my 60 gallon octagonal that would be interesting to watch behaviorally but also peaceful towards tankmates.
So I have been reading about all sorts of fish. The rainbows really caught my eye and they sound really social (a bit like the tiger barbs which I would like to get rid of).
I was thinking of the dwarf/neon rainbowfish.
Problem is they are listed on the IUCN redlist as rare.
I am a biologist & don't want to support exploitation of endangered species or ecosystems. I did read that they breed like crazy in captivity but buying them does create more demand which increases fishing pressure. . .
What do you all think?? Does anyone have more specific info on this species?? If I bought ones that where farm raised is it still unethical??
I sell the snakes I breed in the pet trade because I figure that reduces pressure on natural populations but . . . I am torn . . .