Bristol Aquarium is highlighting the dangers of so called ‘tank-buster fish’ with a giant freshwater display entirely populated with donated species
The Harbourside attraction is involved with the nationwide Big Fish Campaign which aims to raise public awareness about making the right decision when choosing pet fish.
Their 60,0000-litre Amazon display is home to a variety of pacus, catfish, Oscars, plecs, turtles and terrapins all of which have been donated to the aquarium after becoming homeless or outgrowing their original tanks.
Bristol Aquarium’s David Waines said: “Our Amazon feature is home to over a dozen different species and is one of the largest displays in the country stocked entirely with donated fish.
“Alongside piranha and plec, pacus are among the most common fish to end up homeless when they outgrow their tank.
“They are often purchased by fish keepers who do not realise they will be unable to accommodate them when fully grown.
“All of the species in this display are large, long-lived fish which need a lot of looking after and plenty of space. Unfortunately they are sometimes bought as juveniles by people who simply aren’t experienced enough to care for them properly,” he added.
As part of the campaign the aquarium is putting up signs and posters around the display highlighting the need for responsible pet fish ownership under the slogan: ‘Pet fish are for life, not just until they outgrow their tank’.
Aquarists will also be incorporating information about the tank-buster species in their public talks.
“Once they reach a certain size or the owners lose interest in them they face an uncertain future. We’re delighted to have been able to give all these fish and turtles a new home but we are obviously limited with space and we simply cannot accommodate all the unwanted species that people have,” said David.
“We get several phone calls a week from members of the public who can no longer properly look after larger fish species and it really is a growing problem,” he added.
Issued by Bristol Aquarium. For more information and to arrange interviews and picture opportunities please contact David Waines on 0117 934 0944or Dan de Castro on 0117 934 0943.