A COM­PLEX QUES­TION

Animal Scene - - AQUA BASICS -

With this con­fu­sion still fresh on his the mind, a fish hob­by­ist came up to me one day and said, “Sir, I am a new­bie fish hob­by­ist, and I have been read­ing a lot, but is it safe to feed my fish live food? They say that live food is not clean.” I looked him straight in the eye and ca­su­ally asked, “Do you eat isaw? Kwek-kwek? Adi­das? Turon? Banana-que? Be­cause your momma said these are dirty, yet when she is not at home, we scut­tle to the cor­ner and eat street food.” This of course caused laugh­ter in the group but then he smiled and got what I meant. I could have an­swered a straight “Yes” or “No” and he would have be­lieved ei­ther any­way. Hob­by­ists nowa­days sim­ply want to ask ques­tions, and de­mand a straight an­swer. They no longer an­a­lyze the sit­u­a­tion and de­cide for them­selves. Thus, de­spite nu­mer­ous sources of in­for­ma­tion, both cor­rect and in­cor­rect, new­bie fish hob­by­ists are con­fused as to which to be­lieve. For this type of ques­tion, there is no right or wrong an­swer. There are ad­van­tages and dis­ad­van­tages to both feed­ing and not feed­ing your fish live food. Weigh­ing the risks in­volved in both is what will make the de­ci­sion right or wrong. The an­swer to this de­pends on the fish hob­by­ist and what he or she be­lieves will work well for him or her.

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