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A contender for this year's "Lousy Idea" Award

By Leonard Ho - Posted May 27, 2015 09:00 AM
Many of us have won goldfish at carnivals, and we've all played arcade claw/crane games (AKA UFO Catcher in Japan). Well, the Japanese have combined the two concepts with an arcade claw game where the prize is - get this - a live green spotted pufferfish.

So yeah ... this exists.

Juvenile Midori pufferfish (Tetraodon nigroviridis) are housed in small, sealed cups waiting for players to "catch" them. We can only hope that, at the very least, the fish are fed and given fresh water changes every day.

Why anyone would gamble money hoping to win cheap fish you can purchase at just about any LFS is beyond us.  Why anyone would think it's a good idea to make an arcade game that doubles as a public fish torture device is even more puzzling.  Yet, according to RocketNews24, this game is the next arcade fad in Japan.

It makes matters worse that Midori pufferfish aren't exactly ideal community fish for novices.  At least goldfish are dummy proof.

This is why we can't have nice things. Undecided

Author: Leonard Ho
Location: Southern California

I'm a passionate aquarist of over 30 years, a coral reef lover, and the blog editor for Advanced Aquarist. While aquarium gadgets interest me, it's really livestock (especially fish), artistry of aquariums, and "method behind the madness" processes that captivate my attention.


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