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Re: Aquatic Plants Digest V3 #79

>Karen, my LFS offered me 14% for some fish.  I flushed them rather than
>give them away.  This store has a rep for very high retail prices too.
>Often twice what the mail order places charge.

OK, this may be a troll but I'm biting...

Give me a break.  You don't like your LFS's prices so you take it out on
the fish?  Shoot, I'd be happy to get 14% back on my fish or plants either
one.  Think about it--fishes have hundreds of fry per brood; if only about
15 survived the first batch you'd pay for the parents right off.  And
plants, under the right condition, can double ever month or so.  If you
don't like the deal you're LFS is giving you can almost certainly do better
with hobbyists in your area.

And don't even get me started on flushing live, healthy fish.  What are you
in this hobby for anyway?  Most of us are in it for the joy of caring for
beautiful, LIVING specimens.  When we take in a pet--be it fish, dog, cat,
whatever--we assume certain responsibilities toward it.  One of those
responsibilities is doing our best to keep it alive, and certainly not
going our of our way to kill it.  Find it another home, give it to the LFS
for free, or something, these are reasonable discharges of your
responsibility.  But don't just flush it because YOU don't want to bother.

Chetlen Crossnoe
Baylor College of Medicine
Structural and Computational Biology and Molecular Biophysics
cc691077 at bcm_tmc.edu
"The gods themselves are not for ever glad.  The ineffaceable, sad
birthmark in the brow of man, is but the stamp of sorrow in the signers."