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post #11 of 12 Old 05-26-2012, 04:53 PM
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I read this posting on PFK - I love Nathan Hill's blog posts. It is an interesting topic, and one that I find myself wondering about often. Unfortunately. . . there is no 'right' answer as to which is better, anyway. I'd say the best route would be to get fish that were home-bred locally in the tank of a trusted acquaintance, though even then there is the question of the parent fish's origins. The pros and cons to each side are valid. I'm finding that I often have no way of finding out at the shop level (depending on the shop, of course) where, exactly, my fish originally came from. . .I get very odd looks when I ask! For the most part, I have to assume that they're farm-raised. . . and having seen some of these farms - it makes me sad!

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I guess we need to add economist, environmentalist, and moral philosopher to the list of disciplines that an aquarist needs to learn.
LOL! So much to learn in this hobby!

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I read this posting on PFK - I love Nathan Hill's blog posts. It is an interesting topic, and one that I find myself wondering about often. Unfortunately. . . there is no 'right' answer as to which is better, anyway. I'd say the best route would be to get fish that were home-bred locally in the tank of a trusted acquaintance, though even then there is the question of the parent fish's origins. The pros and cons to each side are valid. I'm finding that I often have no way of finding out at the shop level (depending on the shop, of course) where, exactly, my fish originally came from. . .I get very odd looks when I ask! For the most part, I have to assume that they're farm-raised. . . and having seen some of these farms - it makes me sad!


LOL! So much to learn in this hobby!
There really seems to be no answer to this subject. You can't even drop out of the hobby without having a negative impact. Look at the situation with dogs and cats ! This topic has opened my eyes. I've decided to just be as responsible as I can toward these dependent creatures and hope for the best. Hope this doesn't appear to be a cop out.

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