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Re: A tale of four goldfish - how tank size and living conditions can affect fish

Subject: Re: A tale of four goldfish - how tank size and living conditions can affect fish
by finnipper on 3/11/2013 12:45:28

"Goldies are a good example of a species where hundreds of thousands have been kept over the years and i'd guess only a tiny percentage have ever made to the life expectancy they should".

It isn't just Goldies, while there is a group of fish keepers who buy books, join clubs, join forums ect they form a minority.
The general standard of fishkeeping hasn't moved on all that much at all. You only have to listen in to the conversations going on in any lfs to realise that little or no research ever goes on other than asking the vendor. Even that advice often gets ignored if it doesn't suit the hobbyist. If my lfs gets a tank full of baby redtailed catfish I guarantee they would all be sold within a couple of days. I've lost count of the number of times I've been told that "I used to keep fish but they kept dying so I packed it in". The good old days may not have been that great in reality but there is a lot of room for improvement even today.