A sad state of affairs

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    I saw this at a hall prepared for a wedding reception.

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    +- 15 or so tables 3 fish per bowl, one fish bowl on every table.
    The bowls had seashells in the bottom. No aeration, no filtration and as you can see not a lot of water.

    The question I have is how can we educate non fish keepers that this is just wrong?
     
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    Ummm you can't, these fish serve no other purpose (on this occasion) but to be decorations for a yuppy wedding! The folks who planned this are ignorant and have no clue about fish! It's sad I agree, but what can you do about it?
     
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    Hmm.. , wonder who supplied the fish? LFS?? i think the supplier should be responsible.
     
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    I am against cruelty to animals/fish/babies. However, come one guys, you are jumping the gun here. Both of you (Gawie and Cameron) should know better. Those fish are goldfish, and the bowls they are in are goldfish bowls. Designed for that purpose - note the wide lid with large surface area. Clearly they are not even overstocked and as long as 50% of the water is changed weekly, then the fish will be happy.

    Why is nothing said about people (on this forum) who simply change their scapes because they got "bored"? Or experiments with substrate resulting in bad water, fish disease, etc. Why don't you rather say something about that? This places undue stress on fish. (More so than that on goldfish in a goldfish bowl designed for thast purpose).

    Goldfish are tough. They survive happily in goldfishbowls - as long as you don't add too much beer to the water as a friend of mine did many, many years ago when we were youngsters of 24. ;)
     
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    Aaah Richard you a re just too funny dude ;-)

    Wedding reception goldfish in a bowl on the table; I wonder how long it will take before people start adding beer, wine, klippies en coke etc.
     
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    Looks like a big wedding, big enough to put goldfish on the table!
    If I looked like J.lo (which I don't) and was a wedding planner (which perhaps I should be)
    I'd do a deal with a skelm like Sam, hire the fish for a day and return them before the wedding couple landed in their honeymoon destination...
     
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    ... and the goldfish would survive the day.
     
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    Hi guys.

    Apparently goldfish can be stunned when placed in a bowl like this. There organs never stop growing and this will cause them to die.

    I don?t know how true this is.

    So if this is true never mind the water quality or quantity it is not good to have them in a bowl as small as this once.
     
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    where did you read that? my friend has 3 goldfish in a bowl same size, water chasnges once a week, and they were fine. no disesases during that time. goldfish don't grow much bigger than the ones in the photo any way - look at the one in my pond. (not my comets)
     
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    They do in fact grow alot bigger I have seen single tails at 30 to 40 cm and double tails at 20 to 30 cm Ferndale have some large ones.
     
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    thanks. I stand corrected then. Still... a goldfish in a bowl is not necessarily wrong simply because it is in a bowl - which is the main idea behind this post?
     
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    I vaguely remember reading somewhere that keeping goldfish in a bowl has actually been banned in some places.
     
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    The fact that they are temporarily in bowls is probably not the biggest issue. They have been shipped to the venue for the wedding and will probably be shipped somewhere else afterwards. I think this also places "undue stress" on the fish. But then again, they are only goldfish, so who cares :p
     
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    It looks better than my kids goldfish bowl ( although his has a UGF )
     
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