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Anything taken off the reef will have a negative effect, which begs the question why we keep on with the hobby. bit of an oxymoron really.
Another point is that we're all told "don't buy sick fish", or fish that aren't inhaling food as soon as it touches the water. Because of that, at every stage of the import process, arriving at TMC, retailers going to buy from TMC, they select the best looking, fattest fish and the ones that aren't doing so well get left there, where they perish and end up dead - then the good ones go through the stress of yet another move to the LFS. There, we all turn our backs on the fish that aren't perfect, again, another layer of culling. Then we buy the fish, yet another move! How any healthy fish has stayed healthy at that point is beyond me, they've been shipped from pillar to post in dark sloshing boxes over and over again, and heat pack or not, it gets cold, ammonia builds, ph falls, it's hugely stressful. Then in our tanks, most do fine, but by that point, some might not do so well, and the hobbyists might not know how to rectify the situation or even recognise the problem until it's too late.
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