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SinCrisis 05-29-2009 01:08 PM

Feeder Fish Opinions
 
Not sure where to put this since it does relate to fish but is an opinion based thread, not a help thread or anything.

I was wondering what people on this forum, who love fish and fish keeping, think about feeder fish. Is it not cruel to breed fish for the purpose of killing them? Of course there are tons of benefits to feeding live food to fish also.

Every time i walk into a petstore that has feeder fish, I see this big tank, full of fish and i think to myself, wow, it must suck to live in that environment all your life and then get put into another tank with a huge fish that chases you and then kills you.

I just feel like its an ironic situation and wanted to know what others think about it. Like if anyone agrees that it is a cruel practice or can present arguments for the other side so people like me can understand this practice better.

Twistersmom 05-29-2009 01:18 PM

Well, sometimes I do feel guilty about feeding my fish live foods.
My puffer fish gets snails, some of my fish get crickets, blackworm, mollies in my brackish tank (their fry is food).
I just try to think of it as the cycle of life.
If you think about it, the fish flakes and pellet food you buy are made from fish and other once live animals. Its just a little ground up.

SinCrisis 05-29-2009 01:34 PM

I understand the cycle of life, to kill or be killed, one must be sacrificed to allow the other to survive. However, isnt feeder fish a bit unnatural? I have a friend who introduced a puffer into a tank infested with snails and, on that particular occasion, i thought, well evolution gave the puffer the one up on you snails. however with feeders, i just feel uncomfortable because, well they were born to die, no choice, fate was decided for them, nowhere to run. I know this thinking is a bit philosophical and probably a lot of people reading this think i'm way wierd. >.<

Twistersmom 05-29-2009 03:23 PM

I understand how you feel.
I eat pigs, chickens, and cows, but if I was actually able to see them alive first, I don't think I would be able to eat it.
I guess its a good thing I am not a farmer.

SinCrisis 05-29-2009 03:42 PM

hahaha, yea I'm the same. That's why i try to go for things like free-range chicken and such when my budget allows it. Again, i want to explore people's opinions on this subject.

dramaqueen 05-29-2009 08:51 PM

I don't think its weird at all. I think I would have a problem too, with raising one kind of fish for the sole purpose of feeding it to another kind of fish. But on the other hand, it IS natural for fish to eat other fish in the wild.

Lupin 05-29-2009 09:30 PM

It just comes down to the line between feeding it to your pet fish for nutrition purposes or entertainment purposes.

SinCrisis 05-30-2009 02:37 AM

it is natural for fish to eat fish, I'm trying to grasp the concept of eliminating natural variables, and if that's necessarily a natural or unnatural action. Like in the wild a large fish will prey on small fish, its common, it happens. however, the prey would have lived a natural life, where it had options of moving from one environment to another, a healthier environment. And for fish in a feeder tank, its just dismal, crowded, run from the net so you get to live another day. It just seems slightly like.. genocide... which is unnatural.

However, i do agree with lupin it is largely on perception and reasoning when a feeder is being fed.

Fusion MK 05-30-2009 06:50 PM

I think that if you consider something a pest (like snails) and you get a puffer to eat it, you do not feel that bad. The thing is, if you feel bad for something, you will likely be more hesitant to let something to eat something else. For example, you have a feeder goldfish. You have to feed it to your Oscar. You feel bad. The thing is, when you feed Oscar pellets to your oscar, you do not feel as bad because the pellets look nothing like the fish that had to die.

Another personal example. I lost my Stanford hoodie and I cannot find it (it's been a few weeks now). I loved that hoodie. I did (almost) everything with it. Skiing, biking, you get the idea. I would happily lose my Notre Dame hoodie to get my Stanford hoodie back (I am not... collegist... it is just the Notre Dame hoodie is WAY TOO TIGHT!!).

You see how feeling bad works?

SinCrisis 05-30-2009 09:22 PM

not really... but your stanford hoodie wasnt designed to be lost, you just happen to lose it. I'm taking about an animal that was bred to be killed by another. I guess its also an individual eprception fo death and purpose.


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