Now im not saying that i am intentionally cruel to fish under my care but i have done things that would get me flammed. For instance, Ive flushed fish with parasites to keep them from spreading to my entire tank. Some people see that as cruel. I just see how i avoided infecting the rest of my fish and saved alot of time, effort, and money. How is that any more acceptable than buying feeder fish or shrimp with the intentions of them dieing for the good of your tank?Now would i shoot my dog if it was sick? No! The dog loves me and shows emotions. The fish is an animal of instinct. If there is a threat it hides, if there is food it comes out. Just because my fish is no longer scared of me doesnt mean it has affection for me. I try my best to keep the inviroment in my aquariums as well suited to my fish as possible so that they will be active, get fat, and live long, not so they will "be happy." If i did buy into the idea of a happy fish then i doubt there are any of them in aquariums.
I can say that i did recently discover that a had developed an emotional attatchment to a pair of clowns that i had for a year. I took two black and white occy clowns to the LFS to trade them in for some different fish i wanted. One of them being a regular occy. I told him they were paired and needed to be housed seperately from his other clowns to avoid fighting so he put them in the smallest tank there i felt bad about it untill i got home and the kids saw "Nemo" then i knew i had made the right decision.
What makes me bring this up is observing how the masses jump on someone and flame for bringing up things like tangs, and mandarin dragonettes in unsuitable tanks. Are we doing this because we love and care about the quality of life for fish? Or are we just flaming at them because we have more experience and want them to know that we are supperior reef keepers?
To me this is a an art/science hobby. Fish are not my friends. The are part of my aquatic ant farm, my sea life shadow box.
I dont expect to change anyones mind about this topic. I just would like to hear from both sides because we never get to hear from the unethical reef keepers.