Aquarium - Ar'nt Home Aquarium Like A Jail For Fishes

@kukkad (511)
India
April 30, 2007 5:52am CST
I am strongly against keeping fish as pets in those home "Home Aquariums". Whatever big the size of your home aquarium be, it would always be like ......... you have jailed those fishes. Is'nt keeping fishes in aquarium a bit inhumane. It would be same like...... you are jailed in a prison cell....... you get all the lavish food...... great treatment......... but, you shall still remain in that jail till you die........ :( Do you have a fish jail in your house ?
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@robert19ph (4584)
• Philippines
30 Apr 07
These is the first time I heard of fishes in jail. We have an aquarium at the house and it has three fishes on it. I never thought it inhumane before but since you mention it I have second thoughts. It's like a wake up call. Let me discuss with my family and see what they thought of letting the fishes out in a bigger pond.
@kukkad (511)
• India
30 Apr 07
You will do a great noble thing is you do that. Your fishes will love you for that...... :)
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• Canada
30 Apr 07
I'm sorry, I respect your views, but I don't agree with you. I've had tropical fish most of my life, and they're bred in captivity because it's illegal to sell most wild caught fish. Being bred in captivity means that they don't know any different. The only thing I DON'T agree with is fish with not enough space to turn around, like the Betta's they sell in the tiny plastic tubs. THAT'S inhumane! Not only that, but you'll find that fish in ponds and rivers tend to stick to the same area, they don't make use of the full scope of water and habitat available to them. I don't have an Aquarium right now, but I'm planning on one real soon. My kids LOVE fish and are mesmerized by them. If that makes us jailers, then I guess it's something we'll just have to live with.
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• United States
30 Apr 07
i agree with you, i think it is very wrong to keep anything that should be in the wild should be exactly that in the wild,and nowdays fish aren't even pets most people use the aquariums as part of a decoration for their house, just like birds or any other animal its wrong to that
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@Marie2473 (8519)
• Sweden
30 Apr 07
Never thought about it this way - I do not have an aquarium, however I had plans on getting on euntil I realised how much work it actually is. I do ot see it as a jail for fishes though. i think that most of them are happy just swimming around and not having to chase for food.
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• United States
30 Apr 07
You"re comparing fish to humans? Ok. I have two goldfish and you know what, they seem as happy as the catfish living in the nearest lake which happens to be man made and the catfish can't go anywhere. They can't travel to different streams, kind of like a 300 acre aquarium. Only thing is people come along and catch them with hooks and EAT them!!! I have more simpathy for a dog chained in the back yard who gets absolutely no attention. Now that's like being in Jail!!! How about exotic parrots? They litterally live in jail!
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@VotreAmie (3037)
• United States
30 Apr 07
I agree with you kukkad. It's like jail for them especially when you have only one fish in the aquarium. No I don't have a fish jail in my house but my husband's niece has one fish in an aquarium and I'm sure he feels lonely there. I feel the same with birds and any other kinds of animals that you keep in cages no matter how big it is. The same with the zoo.
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@xfahctor (14126)
• Lancaster, New Hampshire
30 Apr 07
It would be one thing if you were catchimg them and keeping them. Most fish you buy however are born and raised in captivity. They honestly would NOT know the difference. Watch wild reef sometime. They dont mover from it. They rarely go 20 feet or so from where they were born. So I guess it's a nice sentiment but I don't see it as being cruel at all.
@Erilyn (3020)
• United States
30 Apr 07
I have never thought of it as a "fish jail". I don't currently have a fish jail myself, however it is in interesting thought. But if you have a pond outside such as a Koi pond, couldn't that also be considered them being in jail? No matter how much water you have in it it is still an enclosed space. Would having a cat also constitute the same thing? A cat is generally kept indoors so would having a house cat them be deemed as the cat being "jailed"? Please don't take this as any offense as it is not meant to offend by any means.
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@LittleMel (14036)
• Canada
30 Apr 07
I'd like to have an aquarium because that's the only way to keep the pet fish safe from my cat :) If I put the fish in the pond in the house, my cat will be the first to get to them. If I put the pond outside, most months in the year I would have to bring them inside or else would be frozen alive. I live up North and 7 months in a year the temperature drops dramatically. Now I can defrost frozen fish but certainly it's not a good idea for my pet fish, so keeping them safe and warm means aquarium.
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@kathy77 (7488)
• Australia
30 Apr 07
Hi well I can see your point here in regards to keeping fish in a home aquarium, I do not have one of these in my home but I can understand on the other hand why people have their home aquariums and I agree with you that it sure does sound like being inhumane.
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@bruxedo (773)
• France
30 Apr 07
I don't like also the aquriums at home. I can't feel anything for fish and I think that it's only a decorative thing that needs a lot of attention. I don't like pets that don't interact with us.. that's why I just like cats and dogs.
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@Buchi_bulla (8304)
• India
30 Apr 07
Your thoughts are like mine. Even if the cage is of golden made, a bird without freedom to fly will not be happy in the cage. Likewise, fish needs lot of water to swim as it feels like. But a fish tank is literally a prison for it. For our liking and hobby's sake, how can we deprive the freedom of other things even if they are fish or bird? It is cruel.
• United States
13 Jun 07
I guess that the Europeans have put all native Americans in jail in the United States of America. After all Native Americans roamed wild and then were forced into reservations. But fish are not human and as long as people give them the right conditions then it is not jail but rather a complete world for them.
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@puyol1 (194)
• Malaysia
13 Jun 07
hmm.. wonder, how to keep fish in house without aquarium?
@arkaf61 (10881)
• Canada
12 Jun 07
Yes my friend I have a fish jail in my home. I also have a dog jail and a cat jail ( That will be about the same, don't you think? ) I also had a bird jail but don't have one ever since I kept the feline inmates:) People have kept pets for as long as we can remember, if we look at it, keeping any kind of pet is some form of a prison. So fish are not any different. Inhumane? I suppose it depends on how each person wants to see it.
• United States
12 Jun 07
I've never looked at it that way. I guess I do not think it is inhumane at all. But that is just my opinion. Keeping fish in an aquarium keeps them safe from other household pets. Keeping them in a pond may seem like a better idea but they are then prey to other animals. Plus some climates are not sutiable to keep fish outside ear round. I personally like aquariums and fish for pets.
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12 Jun 07
I have a big aquarium with 10 fish so far going to get more fish are fish thats what there used to put them in a lake and there be eaten by the other fish i think your going a bit far,inhumane dont think so but you right to your opion.
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@randy88 (685)
• Indonesia
3 May 07
I like watching fish I have it
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• India
2 May 07
Aquariums are really a jail for fishes.In the story Gulliver in Broadingnag he lives to make those people happy.In that story he is not capable to react against them.Like him fishes are not able to react against human
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• India
2 May 07
They are born free and they need freedom.Their life is not to make the people happy.Have you read the story Gulliver in Broaddingnag.He says that he lives to make those people happy.He is not able to react against it.As him the fishes are not able to react against the human