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Vandals poison LFS coral tanks with copper

By Leonard Ho - Posted May 31, 2012 08:00 AM
Vandals who are clearly knowledgeable about coral biology have reportedly poisoned the holding tanks at Saltwater Fanta-seas (a LFS in Portland, Oregon) by pouring a copper solution into their system.

The local newscast reports the destroyed livestock was valued up to $40,000, although I suspect this value is inflated for sensationalism.  Whatever their value, this is yet another senseless and despicable act perpetrated on innocent animals.  Unconfirmed reports suggest similar vandalism have occurred multiple times in the Pacific Northwest and elsewhere across the country.  LFS are cautioned to remain vigilant and use security cameras.

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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