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  1. I'm not ready to make a purchase, but I'm thinking ahead. The easiest way for me to buy a betta is to go to a big box store. It's by far the cheapest option, and I could pick one whose color I know I like. But we all know how poorly big box stores treat the bettas they sell. Although buying one from a big box store counts as "rescuing" a betta, does it not also encourage the stores to keep doing things the same way? It seems that I/we help the stores to keep mistreating their animals if we give them money to do it. Once I'm ready to buy, I'm really not sure how to go about it. Thoughts?
  2. New to the hobby. Would like to eventually have a few more Bamboo Shrimp. Anybody know of any reputable sellers? Want to ensure that the shrimp comes from a legal/ethical collector or a breeder (I know they are notoriously difficult to breed).
  3. Hello everyone, I am really getting into breeding fish and before I get too deep I want to know how to ethically cull fish from people who actually have experience doing so. The Internet is all over the place on how to cull fish so I am turning to you all, my fellow aquarists. I ask about culling because I know when breeding enough, deformities, weak fish, and other issues will appear and make culling necessary, I just want to cull as ethically as possible.
  4. I searched the forums and to my surprise I didn't find any posts on the ethics of fishkeeping. I've been in the hobby for just over 20 years and it's something that I've struggled with as I got older. I'm now in my mid 40's. I stopped keeping birds a long time ago because birds were born to fly and not to be kept in a cage. Sometimes I feel the same way about fish. We take them from the wild for our pleasure. I'd like to hear you arguments with the hopes of someone saying something to make me feel better about keeping fish in captivity.
  5. I'm going to start this entire thing by saying, I personally can't. I understand how some people can make a good case for keeping certain ones and do justice to the animal but it's really not for me. I have a friend who wants to add denison barbs to their 75g, however they're a species that is endangered due to the aquarium trade and it doesn't sit right with me keeping them in captivity. I guess the bonus question is, how reliably can people get captive-bred specimens? This feels like a really ethical gray area. I'm not trying to receive validation or virtue-signal here, I'm genuinely curious about the opinions of others on the topic. Environmental health is a really complicated subject and like with most things aquarium related, I like to receive as much information as possible and then draw my own conclusions.
  6. First of all, I would like to say that i'll express just my thoughts. I don't think there is an absolute truth to this topic. I would like to hear your opinions about fish that where bred by man to express different characteristics than what you find in the nature. I personally believe that as long as it doesn't affect the fish's it's fair game. Here are the different kinds of modifications that I can think of and my opinions, please share yours! Fish line bred for a different coloration: Perfectly fine! Fish genetically modified to have different colors (Glofish): As far as I know, they don't have any health issues because of that, so fine too. Veil tail fish: Also fine, as long as the tails aren't so large as to really hinder the fish's ability to swim and feed: Also OK (needs some extra care from the owner when choosing tank mates in order to avoid fin nippers. Fish not bred for a specific trait, but that are born with defects (Culls that are not culled). I'm all for that adopting "rants" mentality, as long as you don't actually let those fish breed. Hybrids: There are some which do tend to have a more fragile overall health, like parrot fish and flowerhorns. These i'm against. Otherwise I don't see a problem as long as they are sold as hybrids. Short body/balloon fish: As far as I know those tend to have health issues, due to their bodies being smaller and compressing their internal organs. Also some short body fish have really deformed spines and can't swim properly. I am against those as a general rule. Other various body deformities (i.e.: goldfish): I'm usually skeptical about those, especially in the kinds that are bound to have physical problems (telescope and bubble eye goldfish). Others may or may not have issues throughout their lives, like oranda goldfish when their cap grows over their eyes. In this case, although it might be possible to go to the store and choose some that are less likely to develop those problems, I personally can't help, but feel responsible to being and incentive to breed them in bulk so that I can choose the few that won't have health problems. Fish mechanically modified (i.e.: Love heart parrots): Now those I personally consider animal abuse and think they should be illegal. It's completely immoral to take a fish, cut off its tail, inject dye in its body the water it's in just so that people can have a "heart shaped" fish. I've recently seen love parrots in an online fish store and was horrified when I looked into them, and this is what made me stop and think about all this. What do you guys think? Do you agree/disagree with me? Why?
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