The Deep has been working to raise awareness of just how big some species of pet fish can grow to in a bid to educate customers on the most suitable species to buy.
Tragically every year, hundreds of pet fish are offered to aquariums having 'outgrown' their tank! In many cases for aquariums it is very difficult to rehome them. Most displays already have the right number of fish and there is a risk of disease and incompatibility with the resident fish.
The Big Fish Campaign was set up after research revealed that in a 4 month period, 11 public aquariums were asked to rehome 144 fish that had ‘outgrown’ their owners’ tanks. Led by The Deep and Dr Peter Burgess, we are working with the hobby fish trade to encourage the voluntary ban on 'Tankbuster' fish species being sold, to raise awareness of the 'Big Fish' problem and promote the importance of research before purchasing fish. Would these fit in your living room?
The Big Fish campaign aims to:
- Encourage the public to ‘do their research’ into appropriate fish species for their home
- Dispel the myth that ‘fish will never outgrow their tank’
- Reduce the sale of these species in pet stores and in doing so prevent them becoming a welfare issue
- Alleviate the problem of public aquaria being pressurised into accepting these big fish
Handy hints for fish keepers:
- DO YOUR RESEARCH! – What species is appropriate for your resources
- Ask before you buy
- Think about what kind of things will the fish need - food, tank size and system
- Think about how much time you will have to look after the fish
- Think about your budget as buying a fish is a long term commitment
- Think about quarantine facilities for sick fish
- Remember that your tank system will need to mature before you add the fish
- Try to buy fish that have been bred in captivity
- Always quarantine your fish before adding them to the tank
Read more about The Big Fish Campaign and how you can help.