I meant you or the gov doesnt have a right to decide its ok for the 600 gal tank owner to have to pay the permit fee simply because it appears hes wealthy.
So you dont actually have a solution. What your saying is theres a problem i dont know how to fix it but we definitely have to do something...anything. Umm i can give a few examples of how this thought process severely back fired in the past but that would cause the thread to be locked. Dont take this the wrong way but i cant take your side of the argument very seriously when the focus is on just a couple of big fish and claim that stopping the death of pacu and prima are making this huge impact when theres literally millions of other fish suffering the same fate but on a larger scale. Im no way in favor of bans but i can at least understand what the people that would want to ban all fish sales over the pick and choose permit method.
Some of us can house a 2ft fish no problem. No way should i have to gain a permit to keep these fish and you dont because your tank isnt big enough. So the gov committee says the cut off is 12 inches. Until someone comes on here lamenting about how 12 inch fish are treated. Then what happens ?
The logic just doesnt fit man.
How do cichlids taste ? Do they have a strong fishy taste or mild ?
Well no, that is not what I'm saying at all. I'm saying the solution is a permit requirement for large fish. The part of the solution that I won't pretend to have the perfect answer for, is the cut off size, or exact requirements. That would require a lot of thought and input from different people with different perspectives, to arrive at a compromise that makes sense. But doing nothing, because you don't have the easy answer in front of you, is a cop out to finding any solution for the problem.
If you can house a 2' fish, great, more power to you, pay the small fee. I'm not saying that makes you wealthy, but it's incredibly unlikely that somebody who can afford to house the large fish could not afford to pay the very small permit fee for the fish. Do you know what electric, water, and food to take care of a pacu in a 1000g-ish tank is? Certainly much higher than a one-time 20$ fee. If somebody can't pay the small fee, they can't house the fish, and shouldn't own it. IMO.