Join Date: Aug 2011
Location: Kingston, Ontario
Oh lord no. People are much more careful breeding salt water fish. Reefs are poisoned to flush out reef fish. I would never buy wild caught salt water fish. It does sound hypocritical, but we've damaged out oceans way too much.
There ARE cases of bad practice with catching fresh water fish. Otos are often considered sensitive, because they are most often caught with cyanide put in the water to flush em out (what they do to reef fish). Pretty sure it's cyanide, anyways bad. Makes the fish swim up gasping for air. Yea, that's totally what I want in my tanks.
However we are changing our methods. Especially with new fish being found, like celestial pearl danios. We did take a few too many at first, but hobbyists do jump to trying captive breeding. Which again returns to the inbreeding problem (you really can't keep track of who's who if they all look identical).
It's an endless loop going back and forth. Really, I think fish should be tank bred, but it's important for people, especially breeders, to keep bringing in wild fish to help the gene pool. Wild adult fish are sturdy guys, after all they survived the perils of the wild pretty well.
But a lot of amazon and Asian systems are starting to get some benefit from hobbyists as we change our ways. It'd be sad if we ended up trying to replicate ecosystems in our tanks that no longer exist in the wild.
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