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Old 10-14-2015, 01:34 PM   #1
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I took a day trip with the folks to destin to meet my sister. we met at bass pro shop. while there we walked back to the "BIG show tank". everyone around was all WOW and LOOK AT THOSE HUGE FISH. Well me being a fisherman and aquarist I knew immediately that these fish were in bad conditions. They have three jack crevalle, a very big red fish that was gray, and a big gag grouper. The jakcs look awful. they were stunted and one looked like he had "hole in the head disease" like in the freshwater aquariums. the red fish did not have any color on him at all. I felt so sad for these fish. I cant believe someone ok'ed this. No one did any research on these fish to learn what is needed for them. It was so bad I almost asked to talk to the manager. Please tell me that this is the only store with a tank that has bigger fish than needed. Are all the stores doing these type of tanks? If they are I might have to say something next time im down there.
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Old 10-14-2015, 01:40 PM   #2
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Those same fish have been in that tank for at least 6-7 years. They do look a thin but other than that i'de say they are fine. The bass pro in spanish fort has a nice aquarium set up.
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I have been to the "quarantine" room at the Prattville store. This is where they prep donated fish in highly aerated tanks with chemicals/antibiotics to make sure that new fish don't introduce disease into the main tank. They keep an eye on them for several days before introducing them to the main tank. This is a freshwater tank, of course.

I went to a restaurant in Houston that had a big saltwater aquarium that had a cobia in obvious distress. It would swim a little, then sink to the bottom and just sit for a while, then repeat the process. Kinda shameful, but let's face it - most of the fish I would like to see are not cut out for aquariums. Rarely do you see wahoo, marlin, mahi, or yellowfins in a tank.
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I took a day trip with the folks to destin to meet my sister. we met at bass pro shop. while there we walked back to the "BIG show tank". everyone around was all WOW and LOOK AT THOSE HUGE FISH. Well me being a fisherman and aquarist I knew immediately that these fish were in bad conditions. They have three jack crevalle, a very big red fish that was gray, and a big gag grouper. The jakcs look awful. they were stunted and one looked like he had "hole in the head disease" like in the freshwater aquariums. the red fish did not have any color on him at all. I felt so sad for these fish. I cant believe someone ok'ed this. No one did any research on these fish to learn what is needed for them. It was so bad I almost asked to talk to the manager. Please tell me that this is the only store with a tank that has bigger fish than needed. Are all the stores doing these type of tanks? If they are I might have to say something next time im down there.
Meh, as a fisherman and aquarist as well I have to disagree with you.

Redfish, like most fish, vary greatly in color based on the bottom they are on. A redfish caught up in the rivers can be a beautiful bronze gold color while the same fish caught in the surf can be dang near snow white.

I saw those jacks when they were first put in a solid 7+ years ago and they were maybe 10" or so and have grown well. I did notice what appeared to be HITH but maybe its not.

NO FISH, is made to be in an aquarium regardless how small it is and how big your aquarium, its never going to have the same standard of life that is free to swim where he wants to go out there.
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Want to see some nice aquariums, that make BP's look like goldfish bowls?
Visit some of the Cabelas stores.
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That video just shows another fine job of parenting and instilling respect the property of others and how to behave in public. I'm sure that if those two boys are local we may see more posts here about them, back seat dating your daughters, disrespecting people around them, teaching your children how to cuss on the piers and other handy things like that. There is no need to castigate this kind of behavior because after all it's done in the spirit of fun.
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I've never felt sorry for a fish.
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^ Chad never ate a fish he didn't like!
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I also thought that the Destin store aquarium looked small for the fish size. The Spanish Fort Aquarium is larger and looks healthier. Rather have the fish out where I can catch them.
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