Re: NANFA-- large fish

Thu, 12 Oct 2000 08:30:40 -0500

I think it's also a good idea that if you are in an LFS that does not have
the sizes of fish posted, to talk to the owner. Tell them of your concerns
and make it known that you only patronize responsible dealers. When push
comes to shove money talks. If an LFS can make money selling Pacu and
Red-Tail's and others then that is what they will do. You have to turn the
tables and make it unprofitable for them to sell these fish. He makes a
buck on each fish, but loosing a valued customer will cost him a lot more.


BTW Great Danes make great pets for apartment dwellers. They are very low
key and besides needing daily walks have very low exercise requirements. Of
course you do need to carry a fairly large pooper-scooper! haha By
comparison a Jack Russell Terrier is very small but does not typically do
well in an apartment. These dogs need lots of room to run and exercise
(Frazier withstanding). I like the Iguana analogy. The same thing can be
said for human children. I only wish someone would have warned me about
them before we went off and "got" a couple. haha


I agree with all your comments. I would say the only thing that will work
is more knowledge. Like my horse analogy, those that live in small
apartments generally dont buy rottweilers or great danes, and stick with
poodles. It is pretty common knowledge how large most breeds of dogs
We as clubs, need to get out the information on the fish and there maximum
growth and requirements. I think it is not so much NANFAs job do do this
with tropical fish, but the many tropical fish clubs ( we can help where we
can though). The problem I had with a local tropical fish club is that if
you didnt want to talk about the fish the "knowledgable members" wanted to
talk about, then they were not discussed. The greatness of the inter net
any one who can gain access, can usually find wealths of information on
that strike their fancy, and should be encouraged to do so. Also a good
point is that breeding animals will change their attitudes at this time,
one who has kept sunfish or cichlids realizes this. The same applies to
many other critters. When a cute little male iguana hits "puberty", you
in for a surprise, but with knowing this and be able to compensate, you
have a wonderful animal once it matures properly, and is treated as a
developing animal, and not a monster who went nuts.

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