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I’ve seen warnings with many fish and plants that are packaged and sold for the home aquarium. They warn about not releasing these plants or fish into the wild. Now, I can see why some people might release a certain fish into a pond because it had a good appetite for mosquitos for instance. But, wouldn’t you think you should check and see if that kind of fish is already native to your area?


I can’t help but think about the ecological problems we as a species tend to cause when we try to set about solving an ecological problem. Kudzu was brought into our country to fight erosion. Somewhere I suspect there are several counties that have been lost to the growth of the vine. In our area there’s a certain type of rose which is now a noxious weed that was used as fencing for cattle. It roots so easily though that it easily overruns many places if left wild.

But what if you don’t want your fish or plants anymore? Well, for one many fish stores will buy back fish or plants although they may not give you a great rate, you’ll just need to ask around and see. In addition to that there’s the classifieds (online as well as print.) I recently knew of someone posting a free item on craigslist and he got probably a couple dozen inquiries within the day.

Why should it matter? Well, in some states there are strict laws governing the collection and sale of certain items (fish and plant) due to the fact that it’s become such a problem. If and when things are more of a problem, lawmakers will probably pass more restrictions to try and solve it. (Although in truth that rarely solves the problems.) But it does curtail our choices and I guess the point I’m trying to make is that if everyone were responsible in not tossing out unwanted fish or plants into the local streams or lakes, then we wouldn’t have to have the restrictions on sale that some places see.

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March 7, 2010 - 10:44 PM
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