09-21-2007, 10:51 PM
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What Gump and Lupin say are very wise words. Here in Texas we have seen the effects of this first hand with lakes abundant with non-native plecos and catfish. I personally fish one lake that has huge Tilapia (that's right - Tilapia here in Texas!). They were introduced as bait for the freshwater redfish in the lake (it's a REALLY great fishing lake!!) and have become a menace. There is no limit on the catch - size or amount - year round, and the only rule is they can't leave the grounds without being fileted or processed (to ensure no further infestations).
Back to the point - you don't have to get rid of this cat asap - you just can't keep him for the long term. You have a few months to see if anyone on Aquabid or here would have the proper resources to house him. The important part is that you communicate the needs of the fish when you get rid of him to insure someone else doesn't try to put him in an aquarium. And if all else fails (as was mentioned), try to make a donation to a local public aquarium if you have one, last but not least, take him back to the LFS, and hope no one else makes the same mistake.
If you put him in your parents pond he could very well disrupt the established cats environment, but worse - if the pond flooded he could move to other areas.
Hope this helps,