Licking the bowl
by: James Starr-Marshall
We’ve done the unthinkable! We’ve advocated using a goldfish bowl!
When PFK editor Jeremy Gay said he had an aquascaping project for me, I was surprised to be handed a traditional goldfish bowl. In view of all we’ve done to ensure fish are kept correctly, it seemed strange to be holding an object causing so much trouble in the fishkeeping world.
In the 1980s real concerns were raised about the ethics of keeping fish in such containers and led to several campaigns.
By the 1990s most aquarium shops had stopped selling them and the goldfish bowl had become a symbol of bad fishkeeping practice.
The miskeeping of fish did not end with the goldfish bowl and there are still irresponsible fishkeepers around. The goldfish bowl in itself is not cruel —more so the suggestion that in it we should keep a fish that potentially grows to 30cm/12”.
With this project I think Jeremy wanted to take gold and fish out of the equation and give the remaining bowl to a responsible aquarist…
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