Fish aren’t toys for two weeks of fun at Christmas

by Owen James

Perhaps I’m being overly precious, but I worry when I read articles like this:

Today’s Living on ‘Today’s THV at 5′: Liz Grows Fish!

In Today’s Living we’re going Fishin’ With Liz, well kind of. Since Liz hasn’t been out fishing lately, she decided to try and lure the fish in by “growing” them.

THV’s 5 p.m. producer Kerri has been receiving all kind of products that companies say are great for Christmas presents so we decided to test out the “Easy Hatch” Tropical Fish Hatchery.

You’re supposed to be able to hatch colorful tropical fish in 24 hours. You can even grow your own live brine shrimp for their food.

Coming up on Today’s Living, Liz Massey puts it to the test. Findout how it works and if it works. Fish in a box, you won’t want to miss it tonight on “Today’s THV at 5:00.”

Fish need a lot of care, just like dogs or cats. It’s not appropriate to try growing them on a whim.

Perhaps the product comes with detailed instructions, and perhaps Liz is a budding aquarist, but I doubt it. From the sounds of it, the approach is more “gee-whiz” then “let’s learn how to set up a tropical aquarium“.

From the looks of the image associated with the story, the fish are killfish.

Some killifish are specially adapted to lay eggs in regions of the world where pools dry up, hence they can be sold in hatchable form. (Wikipedia has more on killifish).

It also explains the brine shrimp – the fry will need to be fed.

I don’t want to be a killjoy. Maybe the ‘Easy Hatch’ Tropical Fish Nursery will give rise to a few new aquarists of the future. But I fear for some of those baby fish that get born on Boxing Day.

Check out Katy's Tropical Fish Guide for more aquarium info.

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