good fish breeders do a lot of culling. and not the nice culling of seperating them and selling them for cheap. butcher knife--concrete floor--freezer-- sort of culling.
there are even farms where they raise fish just to be killed and eaten.
I like fish. I like them in my belly and I like them in my tank.
But fish are fish. They aren't smart and they aren't dumb. They are just fish and they do what fish do. Does a pleco really care if it is in a tank that is too small? Who decided the tank was too small, I hope the pleco was consulted?
Maybe the pleco is happy to be in a 20 gallon tank as long as it has food to eat and it stays wet. Maybe fish can't be happy because maybe they don't have emotions.
Maybe rather than limiting fish species that can be sold in stores, if we are taking the legal route, we should instead make it illegal to sell any aquarium less than 125gallon. Then having fish that get too big wouldn't be an issue.
Or maybe, if we really care and want to make a difference we as a community and as individuals should stop buying our tetras, our bettas, our ottos,ur loaches and our $1 a gallon aquariums from business that we feel are behaving unethically.
Or maybe, to get back on topic, we make the issue not about BUYING fish but about releasing them. Nail and Hammer approach.
20L My Other Tank: OEBT Shrimp
40B Inlaws Tank: 2 goldfish
75 Main Tank w/ sump: 5 Glossolepis pseudoincisus, 5 Melanotaenia boesemani, 10 Melanotaenia praecox, 5 Melanotaenia lacustris, some cories, a bn pleco and rainbow fish fry