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Re: NFC: Re: Re: Stunted fish growth and breeding

I agree 100% with you, the fact that they sell them in fish shops is a very
poor argument. In addition to the fish you mentioned there are at least a
dozen or more species that should never be offered for sale. The sad thing
is a lot of these fish will wind up in the local creek, or lake when they
outgrow the ten gallon tank waiting for them at home. While a lot of the
tropical fish won't make it over the winter the channel cats certainly will
and may outcompete native species or introduce diseases.

To: <nfc at actwin_com>
Sent: Thursday, October 25, 2001 12:51 PM
Subject: Re: NFC: Re: Re: Stunted fish growth and breeding

> > Chris
> > with adequate water changes channel cats can live
> > quite well in a 55, bullheads have an extreme
> > 'muddying' effect on their water, just lousy tank
> > inhabitants,
> Jake, here is what I'm having a hard time accepting.  How can a fish that
> tops out at over 3 feet "live quite well" in a tank that is only 4 feet
> long?
> > in case you hadnt heard, albino channel cats are sold
> > by the hundreds of thousands for aquaria,
> So are pacu.  And "irridescent sharks".  All of these are lousy candidates
> for the aquarium at even sub-adult sizes.
> > once into the sexual maturity age/size another habitat
> > may well be in order but for 3 up to 5 yrs of age they
> > do very well in aquaria.
> You don't see a commitment and responsibility though when you buy a fish
> take care of it through its geriatric stages?  To me, it is of the utmost
> importance to consider if I can care for a fish at its maximum size.