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Pet Fish

I had a large community aquarium

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Many families, at some stage, have an aquarium for the kids to care for and marvel at the fish that live within.

I did, my kids loved watching the fish swimming around their tropical tank. The fish would have been disposed of responsibly on my separation had my ex not flushed them all down the toilet before I could attend to the matter and move the aquariums to my new abode.

People don’t realise the dangers of releasing fish into the wild when the kids grow up and/or get bored with them.

Warning against freeing pet fish

Guppies could establish populations even when no males were present

The release of a single female pet fish into the wild can generate entire new populations, even with no males present, according to new research.

A new study has revealed how the guppy’s ability to keep on reproducing has earned the fish its reputation as one of the world’s most invasive fish.

St Andrews University biologists, who made the discovery, are now warning pet owners against releasing the fish.

“Seemingly harmless activities such as a child freeing a few pet fish or a concerned householder using guppies to control mosquitoes, can ultimately contribute to the reduction of biodiversity in freshwater habitats across the world.”

The popular ornamental guppy, whose native home is Trinidad and the north-eastern fringe of South America, is now present in more than 70 countries worldwide.

Source: BBC News Read more.

So if you have fish, or plan to get an aquarium, think about their disposal seriously, because this is just another way that man has an adverse effect on natural habitats.

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