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post #11 of 14 Old 03-10-2012, 01:22 PM
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Thank you for posting this.

I've too often seen employees at chain stores spreading misinformation, especially selling Plecos. People see them as a 3" little sucker fish that will keep their tank spotless (a misconception), assuming that it'll grow to the size of the tank (another misconception) and never get bigger than a few inches. They're an inexpensive fish and abundant, so they often get tossed into small tanks that are wholly inappropriate for their potential size in the future.

When we adopted a cat at the SPCA, we were given an application form to make sure we had suitable living conditions for the cat, and the ability to properly care for it. There's days I wish that the same requirements were established for buying fish, especially the monster fish.
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post #12 of 14 Old 03-12-2012, 07:06 PM
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I have a problem in my town,which is pretty much a college town, where students return their fish every summer. I just don't understand it. I have only returned a few fish and that was before I found this site. They are living creatures o.O just like every other pet they deserve the best you can give them.
Maybe that is the best they can give them, maybe they cant afford it anymore.
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post #13 of 14 Old 03-13-2012, 02:11 AM
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Or maybe college kids, or young adults in general, often don't have the foresight to do the research and plan ahead for possible hiccups, much less the inevitable hiccups.

I know, because I was once a dumb college kid, too.

"My dither fish need dither fish!"
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post #14 of 14 Old 03-13-2012, 05:23 PM
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true that as well, but all in all they are giving the fish the best they can give it at that point in time
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