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Channel Catfish
Photo by Tony Weachock 2012

One of the things that people often forget when looking at the juvenile fish in a pet shop is just how big that fish will eventually get - and what that means for their tank, feeding, and other care considerations. These two channel catfish are in a cooler as temporary housing to get them to a more suitable home than the ten gallon fish tank they had outgrown.

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May 10, 2013
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"My 3 year old daughter desperately wanted a fish so the family troops off to the pet store and buys - you guessed it - painted glass fish. I thought, "Wow, pretty fish." [It] never occurred to me the terrible things that are done to make them look like that. Now after [an] awful heart-wrenching morning explaining to my daughter her fish is in heaven with God, after only a week, I decided to look up these fish and see what I did wrong. Well I figured it out, my mistake was not researching what fish I was buying. A hard lesson learned at the expense of my daughter. I will never understand how people can justify hurting another creature solely for profit. Thanks for all the info on these lovely but mistreated little fish."
March 22, 2003
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