Originally Posted by JackisLost
i may sound dumb when i say this, but people that keep fish and have it die on them it's what makes our hobby live on (they will buy more than the average good keeper). if everybody had fish that stayed around for years, nobody will buy the stock, the business will be low, and eventually it would be rare to get fish. i'm playing devils advocate, i know fish care is essential.
You don't sound dumb at all. What you say is the truth of things, the "disposable fish mentality" keeps the aquarium business running, unfortunately. A good fish keeper has high initial expenses (heater, water conditioner, test kit, quality food, etc), but as time goes on, he/she will not need to buy much at all compared to a person who kills a fish with neglect every six months or so.