Originally Posted by EvilVOG
I understand some fish need to be culled, but he's talking about culling most of his spawn, probably multiple spawns, several times a year. Fish who's only defect is that this one is a little too red, this one's tail isn't at the perfect angle, this one has some iridescence, ect.
If you were to do that with any other animal in the pet trade you would be imprisoned for animal cruelty.
What do we tell new people asking about breeding in here? Don't do it unless you're prepared to care for/ find homes for 100+ fish.
I noticed that culling really isn't discussed here as much as other forums. Some breeders out there breeding bettas won't sell or give away fish that aren't worthy of being bred and shown. Their way of contributing to higher quality fish overall.
Ideally you are right though, I agree when you go into breeding you should
be prepared to care/ find homes for up to 100 fish. The way people cull their fish varies by person and country...
Culling in the quote you find disturbing might not really mean killing either. Though I don't know offhand. Maybe more background on the breeder would explain better.
Regardless of how someone culls fry in spawns, It is still going to be a touchy subject. Many breeders have large fish and feed the fry to them. I personally find this the least disturbing way of culling. You are responsible for providing food to the large fish. You could go get feeder goldfish, which may or may not be healthy, or feed fish you know are healthy that you raised. It isn't fun feeding live animals to animals but at least you know their life is being given to another so they can live.
I've erased the next paragraph so many times,........ but rats mice, cows chickens, deer, goats, quail etc are often "culled" this way for us to eat, and our pets.... It's why some people go vegan. Even feeding your betta pellets or flakes kills a life so he/she can live......
I don't want this to turn into a fight :( If this turns heated I sure hope a nice mod erases this. I'm not challenging anyone's views..
Good compilation of articles though Mr. V.
VOG- Don't think I forgot about you saving that tailless little female from Meijer either. I'm still in love with that little fish! Still think it was really good of you to bring her up in the forum so MollyJean got her. :D Seriously NOT fighting with you over this, just was bringing up some views on the taboo subject.