I want to edit this to add that a new commenter here chimed in on my rant, with some really good information about the breeding and treatment of the Seahorses, if you want to learn, go into my comments and follow her links, there is some very good information, enough for me to retract, and say that now I am not so horrified anymore! Thanks a lot for the links, Tami, and commenting on something you are obviously both knowledgeable and passionate about
Rant alert. Leave now if you don't want to read me ranting about seahorses.
I'm going to sit down and blog this while I am thinking about it. Lets see how that works.
Many of you may want to skip this post.. it will probably be fairly uninteresting.
We are making our "small" tank into a saltwater fish tank. (29 gallon). We have been discussing it for awhile now, and are getting closer to putting our plan into action.
I was doing some interweb research on this matter, about saltwater, specifically how to make it, at home, and if there is any benefit to making it vs purchasing it, and the cost difference? One click leads to another, and I find myself perusing a website that sells fish. And then, the horror
This website was selling seahorses.
I have a problem with this.
Seahorses are not bred in captivity, except at a few of the larger, well prepared aquariums, like the one I just went to in Monterey. That means that people are going out, and capturing them, from the wild, and selling them to this fish supplier.
I know. I know.
I keep an aquarium.... how do I know my fish aren't wild caught?
BECAUSE I KNOW
mine are tank bred in the USA, have not ever known a life except a tank. I purposefully choose tank bred fish. Most freshwater fish in this day and age are tank bred, its actually hard to find any wild caught. Even the saltwater fish are, by and far, tank bred. I won't be buying any wild caught saltwater fish, or anenome, or coral for that matter.
Seahorses, caught in the wild, and sold to any jackass who has the money? Fairly cheap? (price ranged from 30-150.00). I've read articles about how difficult it is to actually keep a seahorse alive, even for the professionals in the large aquariums!! They are fragile, and wild, NOT meant to be kept in an aquarium, where if they are lucky, they will live a week, because WE ARE NOT MEANT TO HAVE THEM IN THE HOME!!
I feel very, very sorry for those seahorses. And frustrated that this is even possible. Its illegal to own a ferret in California, but yet, we can own wild caught Seahorses.
On a much more cheerful note....
Happy Anniversary to my parents, Aunt Tuna and Uncle Heinz! 47 years of putting up with each other!! I am blessed, and impressed!!