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Thursday, February 18, 2010


When Corinna first found this online and sent me the link I got very self-righteous. Richard, Max and I are very proud of doing our best with the CFZ aquaria to make them as natural as possible, and not to mix biotopes blah blah blah.

However, most of the pet fish in the world are purely pets and most of them are goldfish, which are an undeniably domesticated species. So the obvious ethical arguments against the following project fly out the window. The only question left is whether the fish benefit from it.

'You’ve probably never thought about teaching your fish new tricks! Well now you can with the new R2 Fish School Kit. It is a complete training system, that allows you to train your fish amazing tricks such as how to play football, basketball, swim through hoops / tunnels, the limbo, fetch, finger feeding and many more.. Your fish can really benefit from stimulus and research has shown that happy pets go on to lead healthier, longer lives. It takes on average 2 x 15 minute sessions to teach a trick and this is as engaging an activity for you as your fish. Fun for the whole family guaranteed! The kit includes an instructional DVD, a R2 Fish School Training Platform, Over 20 Compatible Training Accessories, An all new Feeding Wand, An Instruction Manual with 100+ photos and a Compact base for bowls/small tanks. For fish between 1”-6” in length. A great gift idea. W28xD17xH8cm (11x7x3")'

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1 comment:

Syd said...

Wow...the things manufacturers will come up with, to separate gullible idiots from their money.
Folks would enrich their fishes lives far more, by buying a new air-stone or oxygenating plant for the tank.