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Old 04-16-2013, 11:37 PM   #16
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I wonder what they did with all those fish?
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Old 04-16-2013, 11:55 PM   #17
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My BF said he would take my "extra" pond snails & release them in the stream behind his house

I told him you NEVER release ANY plant or animal EVER!!

I don't enjoy squishing them - but it's quick, merciful & SAFE.
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I wonder what they did with all those fish?
I woulda et em ifin i coulda skind em
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Old 04-17-2013, 12:18 AM   #19
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My BF said he would take my "extra" pond snails & release them in the stream behind his house

I told him you NEVER release ANY plant or animal EVER!!

I don't enjoy squishing them - but it's quick, merciful & SAFE.
Unfortunately, its things like that that cause huge population explosions like Florida is dealing with right now with the African giant snails
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Old 04-17-2013, 12:25 AM   #20
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Wow what a haul! I'll bet they're a bear to clean. Plants are an even bigger problem. One stem could cause an invasion. Always freeze or microwave them well before disposing.
Microwaving is a great idea! I just bbq'd a ton of hygrophylia I wish I would have thought of microwaving.
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Old 04-17-2013, 12:59 AM   #21
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Unfortunately, its things like that that cause huge population explosions like Florida is dealing with right now with the African giant snails
that snail is awesome looking.
I would keep that as a pet. Is it aquatic?
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Old 04-17-2013, 01:13 AM   #22
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A local photog caught this image recently... in Estes Park, CO at about 7,300 feet in a local pond. A great blue heron has snagged itself... a clearly non-native carp/goldfish. Very alarming as they can wreak havoc with native species and ecosystems. Let's hope the herons and mergansers eat them all.
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Old 04-17-2013, 01:24 AM   #23
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... i am pro government when it comes to protecting the environment from us. the common pleco should be illegal to sell. or at the very least require proof of proper housing....
Good intention VERY DANGEROUS territory allowing a bureaucrat to decide what is proper housing for pets.

Our nation is founded on the pursuit of happiness until it affects other peoples freedoms. I'm all for punishing law breakers. I'm 100% against bans that punish law abiding citizens because a minority of criminals act illegally.
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Old 04-17-2013, 01:59 AM   #24
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As a goldfish lover I got a link to this....

http://m.youtube.com/watch?feature=fvwrel&v=5O8JFYetiqY

I agree with some of the posts. Why cants pet stores at least post the minimum gallons required for the fish someone wants to buy? As a dumb newbie the pet store told me I only needed 3 gallons for a goldfish! Really! Why don't pet stores post 20 gallons for one goldfish? Of course I would not have bought the fish and gotten completely hooked into the hobby.
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Old 04-17-2013, 02:09 AM   #25
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Yeah the reservoir in my hometown has a goldfish in it that's probably a foot and a half long. We were bass fishing once and this giant orange thing came swimming by. Clearly not a native species!
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....Why cants pet stores at least post the minimum gallons required for the fish someone wants to buy? As a dumb newbie the pet store told me I only needed 3 gallons for a goldfish!....Why don't pet stores post 20 gallons for one goldfish? ....
No offence, you just brought up pet peeve, I deal with all the time with newbie dog owners in my business.

The same reason why Baskin-Robbins, McDonalds & Taco Bell don't post signs that say, "Our Junk food will make you fat, clog your arteries and eventually kill you".

We've become a nation that refuses to take personal responsibility for ourselves. We want "Big Brother" to hold our hand and wipe our bottoms for us.

Very candidly, people that won't do any research for themselves on a purchase of anything, pretty much deserve what they get when unrealistic expectations are not meet.
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Old 04-17-2013, 02:22 AM   #27
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Yeah the reservoir in my hometown has a goldfish in it that's probably a foot and a half long. We were bass fishing once and this giant orange thing came swimming by. Clearly not a native species!
I shot one with a .22 rifle at short range. They destroy good bass fishing spots by eating all the eggs and fry! It's pretty disappointing to know that your favorite pond has been infested.

Also, plecos probably taste awful, I definitely wouldn't eat one.
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Old 04-17-2013, 02:27 AM   #28
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No offence, you just brought up pet peeve, I deal with all the time with newbie dog owners in my business.

The same reason why Baskin-Robbins, McDonalds & Taco Bell don't post signs that say, "Our Junk food will make you fat, clog your arteries and eventually kill you".

We've become a nation that refuses to take personal responsibility for ourselves. We want "Big Brother" to hold our hand and wipe our bottoms for us.

Very candidly, people that won't do any research for themselves on a purchase of anything, pretty much deserve what they get when unrealistic expectations are not meet.
I completely agree. Im not into being hand held. My fish purchase was an impulse buy with outdated info on my part and completely wrong info from the pet store. When i bought my goldfish and learned the reality, i took responsibility. Every animal deserves that.

Yet it would be great to have at least some info at the store....say on the price stuck to the tank? I noticed petco describes the fish on the tag but nothing about how many gallons for the fish. Just suggesting a simple way to provide info. Simple education can be incredibly helpful.....sort of like when your car manual tells you to get an oil change every 7,000 miles. Then it's up to you to get an oil change or not.
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Old 04-17-2013, 02:43 AM   #29
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Maybe it's because I'm older & wiser...or...learned the hard way

Any new/1st time purchase should involve personal research vs. blind faith in a salesman.
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Old 04-17-2013, 03:11 AM   #30
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Haha. Didn't mean to start some crazy discussion.

We have some HUGE goldfish in Lake Austin/ Lady Bird Lake.

Yeah. Some people and their dogs. Oh man. Theres a whole "personal responsibility" conversation right there.
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