Posted by Blake in Tropical Fish Hobbyist Blog on August 30, 2011 at 2:08 pm
David E. Boruchowitz
A giant gourami at the Sea Life Aquarium in London, England, had to be trained to eat a normal diet of fruit. When the 9-pound, 16-inch fish was surrendered to the aquarium its diet had consisted solely of a wafer and chocolate candy and recognized nothing else as food.
This story illustrates a lot more than the ignorance of many people and the unbelievable hardiness of some fishes. In this case the aquarium was able to take in this poor creature, who had literally outgrown its welcome, but there are very few openings compared to the large number of oversized fish that need new homes. Even though the giant gourami Osphronemus goramy can grow to about 28 inches in length, there are many commonly bought species that get even bigger.
The time for hobbyists to realize they cannot house a tankbuster is before they purchase one! Counting on finding a home for the animal when it becomes too big to handle is irresponsible. But then, come to think of it, feeding a fish chocolate is irresponsible, too.