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Monster goldfish roam Lake Tahoe

By Leonard Ho - Posted Feb 21, 2013 08:00 AM
Giant goldfish (some growing as big as 18 inches) are now breeding at a brisk pace in Lake Tahoe, California. This is what happens when irresponsible aquarists dump livestock into local waters. The reckless behavior of "aquarium dumping" threatens local ecosystems while giving our hobby a bad reputation.
Monster goldfish roam Lake Tahoe

Monster aquarium fish are found invading non-native waters around the world (this was caught in France).

We've said this many times before, and we'll keep saying it:  Never dispose livestock, substrate, and aquarium water into lakes, ocean, or waterways! It doesn't matter if you think it's "just water" or one little fish or algae.  ABSOLUTELY NO EXCEPTIONS!

Invasive aquarium species can cause catastrophic damage to our local ecosystems.  Look no further than Lionfish in the Atlantic and Caulerpa algae in California, Mediterranean Sea, and Australia for examples of the damage this irresponsible act can inflict.  Recent scientific studies also highlight the threat of "aquarium dumping."

Advanced aquarists should not only be good stewards of their captive ecosystems but also of their local, natural ecosystems.  Educate your aquarist friends and LFS. "Aquarium dumping" is bad PR for our hobby, and more importantly, it's bad for the environment.

[via KCRA-TV]

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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