Originally Posted by EdgySatsuma
Using fish to cycle a tank is still inherently cruel as it subjects them to high levels of toxins. Imagine being made to suffocate in your own filth.
Just to be clear here. Fish in cycle isnt cruel if done properly, the fish wont be subject to high levels of toxins and wont suffocate in their own filth. I have no issues with anyone cycling using fish if done properly.
My issue was that using feeder goldfish to cycle a tank is commonly done by simply putting goldfish in a tank, when they die add some more, when they stop dying your tank is cycled and any surviving goldfish is then surplus to requirements. My issue is using fish that you dont intend to keep.
The guy (or girl) who i responded to answered my concern and has a plan for the fish in question, so as long as the fish in cycle is done properly and the fish in turn are looked after properly long term, then there is very minimal risk to the fishes health and wellbeing.