03-24-2007, 04:56 AM
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"many people dont like the wild-caught ones since its not good for our eco-system and they arent as hardy."
Actually, I hear that most blue rams are caught after the flood waters subside and leave small pools and puddles with trapped rams in them. If these fish weren't caught, they'd either die in the pool when it dried up or be eaten by some other critter. They are also a short lived species that reach sexual maturity fast, so capturing the easily caught rams doesn't have a detrimental effect on the natural population, there are plenty more to breed in the larger rivers. It's actually probably closer to the situation with Cardinal Tetras where the aquarium industry is giving the local people a financial incentive to keep their land and waterways in their natural state. Many people just assume that catching wild fish for the hobby is not good for the environment, but that's not always the case. It's actually the exact opposite when it comes to Cardinal Tetras, so don't feel guilty buying wild Cardinals (also another good companion for discus, usually), you're actually supporting efforts to keep their natural environment intact! Please note that this is very species specific and for some species like the bala shark, the aquarium industry has had a very negative impact on its numbers in the wild.