Ethics on purchasing small aquariums?

  • I was thinking about purchasing some for the small aquariums that stores sell (those ones less than a gallon of water) for some plants and decorations to be kept inside - but curious on if this makes sense ethically as it gives the impression these products sell and to keep stocking them.


    Is this just me over thinking it since everything at a store is profit driven, or does my thinking make sense?



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  • I feel like they will sadly sell them regardless since there are far too many people who want to get a cheap pet and think that fish bowls are the way to go. In some stores, you can tell the fish bowls are barely touched since they are coated in dust/dirt.

  • Even if you didn’t buy it I’m sure others would for like cool aspects with a tank but not always having something kept inside

  • Usually I’d say if you want to buy one and you know you will be using it ethically yourself, go ahead and get one. But if you would be happier without one knowing stores no longer stock them either, maybe it isn’t something you need/want all that badly, and you might be happier with the decision not to buy one?

  • Unfortunately, I think that things will be sold if people continue buying them, regardless of whether or not it's ethical. It always makes me sad when I see fish in really small tanks or bowls. Like others have said, though, people think that fish are easy or cheap pets.

  • Unfortunately, I think that things will be sold if people continue buying them, regardless of whether or not it's ethical. It always makes me sad when I see fish in really small tanks or bowls. Like others have said, though, people think that fish are easy or cheap pets.

    You raise a good point. When something is inexpensive to begin with, people fail to value it. If all fish were priced more highly, I wonder if it would change how people treat them.

  • Personally I wouldn't buy a gallon size, unless I was looking to only feed 1 or 2 relatively small fish for awhile. I would think it would be ethical, so long as normal precautions are taken to keep the fish alive.

    That's very correct, the number of fish you're planning on breeding in the pond would be a big factor in determining whether it's wise to go for it or not. Perhaps, he'd have intention on small projects for it, so it's a good decision if that happens.

  • Even if you didn’t buy it I’m sure others would for like cool aspects with a tank but not always having something kept inside

    I believe that budget is always going to be the major challenge that most people wouldn't be able to deal with which is why they would keep being open to purchasing it.

  • I think you're fine ethically to purchase the product for the reason you want to use them. Don't worry about the shops because that's not your responsibility to tell them how to run their business. Buying a couple of the products isn't going to cause them one way or another to sell or not sell their wares. Maybe other people plan on doing the same thing as you?

  • The pet store by where I live (the closest one that I go to the most often) told me a lot of these smaller tanks seldom sell unless it is for a child. Even then, people tend to opt for the 5 gallon tanks over the 1 gallon ones as they are glass and come with more for not much more money.

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