Originally Posted by CatSoup
So true. It makes me feel better about my progress when I see that even some of the long time fish keepers ask questions, too. I always feel confident that I will get good advice here. Especially since I have decided to stop buying from the LFS here. The more I learn about fish keeping, the more disgusted I am in the way they keep they're fish. There are always a few dead in the tanks, and the day before yesterday I took a sickly cory back... the girl just tossed the bag he was in into a dry bucket. It made me wish I had taken the $ loss on him just so that I could have at least given him a comfortable end. Plus, I think I ended up with some parasites from their plants, not to mention that they sold me a few that I found to be non-aquatic. The last straw was seeing that they had just gotten in some jellybean parrot cichlids. The owner acted slightly distressed when I told her how they are dyed, but she should have already known. Maybe she did even, idk. I do know that she will not be getting my business anymore.
Its funny, because what you are saying is kind of similar to a few threads I have posted recently about how fish are treated by the retailers. Although my comments may have seemed like LFS bashing, and I guess they were a little bit, they were more an observation on the change in my own mentality on the whole affair.
The retailers are there to sell stock, they don't necessarily do it out of love, although some do I am sure. they will continue to keep and sell fish in this manner, just as they have been for a very long time before we stumbled across this hobby.
I have come to the conclusion that as you get into this hobby you go from someone that may or may not have really ever thought about fish, and their fishy little requirements for a healthy and happy life. To someone that is borderline obsessed with water parameters, temperature, aquascaping, ph values, water hardness, fish compatibility, over feeding, algae... etc etc the list goes on.
And as you learn a little at first, and then more and more about all the factors involved in fish keeping you start to actually really care about the fish. and thats the most important point of all really, that you care enough to do your very best to responsibly keep these animals in captivity.
I feel the same way about this site, such a source of credible and friendly advice... its now my favourite place to check in on when online. I just wish I had some more space in my house...... because I would definitely fill it with more fish tanks!