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    I HATE to Cull Fish!! What would you do?

    Discussion in 'Central and South American Cichlids' started by balton777, Feb 4, 2008.

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    What would you do with a deformed growout??

    Poll closed Feb 7, 2008.
    1. Keep it. Give it a good home and treat it to the good life.

      43.8%
    2. Be responsible and cull it.

      28.1%
    3. Sell or give it to the LFS.

      7.8%
    4. Sell or give it to another hobbyist if there is a taker.

      14.1%
    5. Grow it out really big and have a fish fry.

      1.6%
    6. Chop it up for the other hungry fish to eat.

      10.9%
    7. Give the fish to a neighborhood cat.

      3.1%
    8. Mail the deformed body back to the original seller and ask for credit.

      9.4%
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    1. balton777

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      When I buy baby fish I always get several to start with. My last order from TUIC included 4 Vieja Argentea's and it turns out one is deformed. His body is growing to very odd proportions and his dorsal fin is growing way to one side, not down the middle of the back like normal. These fish are normally destroyed by responsible breeders but I hate killing fish, even deformed ones. If it was your fish, what would you do?

      1. Keep the fish, give it a good home and treat it to a good life.
      2. Be responsible to the hobby and cull the fish.
      3. See if your LFS wants to buy it or take it for free.
      4. Sell or give it to another hobbyist.
      5. Grow it out and eat it.
      6. Chop it up and feed it to the other fish.
      7. Give it to a neighborhood cat.
      8. Mail the deformed body back to the original seller.
       
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      i cannot help it but i never cull the fish..i just do not breed them.. i let them live out their life with me.. i had one angel that had a dented in head..like a crater .. he was an eyesore for sure.. but he was a happy fish with me until he passed away after 8 years..so if that happens to me..i find it merely a trivial aspect in fishkeeping.. and they are not culled. The only time i cull is if i think they are suffering from their deformity..such if they cannot eat much and start wasting away..just me! i would though send pictures to the original seller and try to get a replacement for your aggrivation and that he sold you something inferior.
       
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      I too don't like to cull fish but do so when necessary. If you are willing to dedicate a tank and time then you should do what you feel is right.
      I personally would cull a fish with those deformities.
      I picked up 3 Argentea from the same batch, I only have two left. One definite male killed what I believe was my only female.
      As for as a replacement, I doubt this seller is replacing anything.
       
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      Hmm i was thinking about number 5 but then if it was me i think i would cull it then chop it up and feed it to my other fish as long as you have quarantined it. No point in wasting good food.

      Flame away Steve.
       
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      I know you're right no matter how awful it sounds. It's weird how my mind works, if I caught a 4" fish from a lake, I would have no problem whatsoever chopping it up for bait or something but when it's a pet, it's completely different lol.

      I wonder if my 14" Weeksi in another tank can eat it whole....or maybe Liz will take it off my hands. :naughty:
       
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      you spent money on them, you may aswell gorw them out, depending on the deformety it may go away with time and size if properly kept.
       
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      If you have the room I would keep it and give it as good of a quality life that you can.
       
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      do you have pics of the deformed fish?, by the sounds of it it doesn't sound like anything that can't be fixed with time.

      if not sell them to neo, he loves his deformed fish.
       
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      i would if we lived closer.. that would not bother me..what is one more mouth to feed:grinno:Also i look at it this way..he survived to this point.. i have special empathy towards survivors..
       
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      That's the point of buying multiples in the first place. I buy several and keep the best of the bunch. I don't have room for 4 Argentea's. 3 of them have to go soon...I can only keep one and it won't be the deformed weird looking one. :( Really I just didn't know if I should cull it or try to get my lfs to take it because it's not in misery and I know there's always someone who likes to take an underdog or runt and give it a good home.
       

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