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Q: Is it mean to have fish in fish tanks?

November 3, 2008 | By Sarah S. | 10 answers | Expired: 2223 days ago

Sarah S.

How do people feel about this?

I have always said that birds should not be pets - that they belong in the wild. However, I have 2 large fish tanks and I feel that I might be somewhat of a hypocrite...

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Tina B.
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Nov 09, 2008

I don't think it is but differnt people may have differnt feeling on the matter it looks as though you got alot of good answers. As long as they have plenty of room and clean water and fresh food I think they are happy.

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Jessica P.
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Nov 03, 2008

As long as you have big tank with plenty of filtration, then your fish are probably happy..(if fish have emotions). I do feel sorry for fish that are in improper tanks for their size or are crowded...The general rule is one gallon of water per every inch of fish..this means a ten gallon tank could hold about 10 neon tetras comfortably...and maybe 8 or so mollies. Bettas though even in the wild live in the small pockets of air in rice fields, that is why they can be kept in the very small bowls (though for my own conscious I always kept them in bigger tanks). Get the largest tank you can afford and put the highest quality filer and bubbler in as well. I had a 35 gallon tank for one goldfish, he had started out as a prize in a bingo game with a tiny fish bowl..and I just kept upgrading his tank, he was the healthiest goldfish I have ever owned! I also had live plants and real plain rocks (not painted), NOTHING else.
I think the ethics of keeping any animal and whether is right or not depends on the resources available.

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Erin W.
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Nov 03, 2008

Most birds are really intelligent and long-lived, so there is a lot of potential for them to suffer in a home that can't meet their needs. However, some people argue that fish aren't really even "conscious", and you can interpret that however you want. I don't buy it, but this might account for you feeling that it is okay to keep fish but not okay to keep birds.

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Didka
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Nov 03, 2008

I've had fish for years and years, and always felt guilty too... Now I have a cat in an apartment and am trying to convince myself that not letting her out is the better option. After giving it some thought, here's what I've concluded. Animals like fish don't care how much you love them, so loving them doesn't justify keeping them in a tiny tank. What they do need is very simple - food, clean water, and enough space to feel comfortable. The latter is the trickiest - what's comfortable to a fish? This depends on the species and size of the fish, as well as the living arrangements in the tank. Usually, the people at the store (or fish experts on internet forums) can tell you how many gallons of water per fish you need in your tank, how many fish of each species, etc. So, there is sort of a formula to it. Species: some species are schooling fish, so you need a bunch of them together, or they'll freak out alone in a big tank. Others are loners and don't like company, so a big empty tank would be better for them. Size: bigger fish produce more waste, so they need bigger tanks. This may seem obvious, but I've seen SO many big fat goldfish in the "classic" little bowl, that it's not even funny. Living arrangements: usually there's an estimate of gallons of water per fish for each species, to avoid overcrowding, so look yours up.

I know this ended up long and sciency, but my point is, as long as the fish has the recommended space, food, tank setup and companions (details which have been worked out by experts for the sake of the fish's comfort), then you don't need to worry too much. Not all fish roam around vast amounts of space in the wild either. They just need to eat and "stretch their fins" and they'll be fine :-)

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KR69
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Nov 03, 2008

No way, atleast their not out there be easy prey for a larger fish.

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Tali K.
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Nov 03, 2008

It's always been something that I wondered about. I mean, I think it would be mean if they had originally lived in a large pond or ocean and were then taken from their habitat and put into an enclosed glass case. But, if your large fish tank was all they ever knew aside from being in a smaller tank in a fish store and they were fed and taken care of properly then I think they're ok.
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Wpras
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Nov 03, 2008

I know how you feel, i have wondered that too. I think it would be wrong if you had a very small tank. But, it sounds like you have a nice place for them to just be Fish! I think they are happy!

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Moriah7
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Nov 03, 2008

I know that the fish are getting fed and taken care of-no it is not wrong

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Juanita C.
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Nov 03, 2008

No, I do not think it is mean, as long as you take care of them and feed them and give them plenty of room to swim.

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Nicole M.
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Nov 03, 2008

I've always wondered about that myself...The way I sorta looked at it though is that if it were not for you taking care of the fish in a tank and loving them and paying attention to them they would just be sitting in a pet store. At least this way they are being loved and cared for...I'm sort of a sucker and always find myself buying a sick beta so that it would die in a big tank instead of a tiny container in a pet store...try not to feel guilty

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