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Re: Now Never returned to the wild

I agree with you there Peter.  Introduction of diseases that are
extracontinental would be a serious concern.  I think that there are worse
ways, though, of spreading them.  For instance, Ich most likely got into
our waters by being dumped down the drain, not released fish.  I'm not
sure if that was pointed out earlier or not.  Point being, waste water is
a bit more of a threat than a few fishes.  I -=do=- however believe that
fish should not be released if they've gotten ill, or been housed with
fishes from other areas, esp. tropicals, goldenfish, and koi.  I
personally think that this should be put into policy.  I also believe that
these fish SHOULD not be mixed with our natives in tanks.  This is for
this simple reason : They just don't mix right.  Tropicals mostly require
temperatures higher than those of our natives, thats the reasons
goldenfish arenever mixed.  Goldenfish and koi are extremly filthy
animals, putting out vast ammounts of waste, and using a lot of O2.  Our
natives suffer when mixed with either of these, either from foul water
(with GF and Koi) or higher temperatures.  So far, I've only been
successfull at mixing rainbowfish (From Australia and that region) with
some of our natives, simply because they both come from cool, running
water.  Darters and 'Bows mix great, IMO, but, I'm getting off topic. :)  

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On Thu, 9 Jul 1998 peter.unmack at ASU_Edu wrote:

> On Wed, 8 Jul 1998, Josh Wiegert wrote:
> > I have to agree with Moontainman.  Between boats, water being transported
> > (in liveells, ballasts, what have you), and the myriad of other ways that
> > micro and macro organisms get transported, a few fishes being returned to
> > -=the body of water they came from=- with that being a very important
> > emphatic point, really don't seem likley to hurt. 
> As Norm exactly points out many diseases are present in the aquarium hobby
> that are not found in the wild in North America.  Sure, birds, boats,
> fisherpeople etc etc have always potentially spread diseases around.  So, just
> think, once a new one gets out there what's gunna stop it's spread?  Better to
> stop it at the source.  
> Tootles
> Peter Unmack