Goldie and Friends
I do believe NAT only posted these fish in this bowl temporarily but it's still very stupid they are advertising this so that people can continue to get the wrong idea about how to properly care for goldfish. Oxygen is not the only thing to worry about, Keeping goldfish in cramped quarters can also cause stunting" this is terrible considering their bodies stop growing but their organs do not. Eventually their body slowly crushes their organs - so even with all the clean water in the world, the small space will cause them to stunt and eventually cause a slow painful death. Not to mention ammonia build up is like being burned, so also imagine that. I don't get why they didn't just display them in a beautiful 60 gallon tank...it would have been far more pleasing to look at and proper.
Goldfish can't express pain like other animals can, so why risk something that will be painful to them? Put them in a habitat that is as close to living in the wild as you can while still being capable of enjoying their beauty. A bowl is a cruel home and people should stop using the excuse "it's been done for hundreds of years" Yes, and for hundreds of years people had dog fights and had no problems with that. To this day people even still set up vile things such as "puppy mills" and keep their animals in cramped quarters, many get away with it too. They are capable of keeping them alive- yes- but are they happy, healthy? Absolutely not. And i guarantee if most people saw a dog in a small cage and learned it never left that cage, they would immediately go over and get it out. Fish can't express pain like other animals can, which is all the more reason for us to do our best to take care of them.
Well I am enjoying this so far. I have two betta fish who live in their own personal 5 gallon aquariums with heaters and undergravel filters and moss and betta bulbs and trapdoor snail friends, so I love fish and believe their needs should be met to the best of the owner's ability. I'm sure the fish only stayed in the llittle bowl for the show, and they looked healthy and well-cared-for to me. I think this was very cute and fun, and a happy alternative to the Super Bowl!! :)
Also, since I have this DVR'ed, I now have something I can leave on for my fish while I'm out of the house! My last betta fish, Blue, used to get very excited when I would hold up a video from YouTube of a tank full of female bettas being hand-fed. Not as excited as he would get for his shrimps, but still pretty excited! :)
Goldfish do not need the same level of aerated water which is why they have been kept in bowls for hundreds of years. What they do need though is good water. I don't assume the goldfish I watched tonight will be spending the rest of their goldfish life in that bowl.
I guess on the same note puppies don't need to be kept in a pen that resembles a football stadium.
I think it was a great show and clever......People need to lighten up!
"For anyone who has seen a goldfish in a bowl, the one this you probably remember is seeing the goldfish breathing rather heavily near the surface of the water. This is because the goldfish was suffocating. The oxygen in the water had been quickly used up, leaving the fish no choice but to hang near the surface and gulf for air. This is not good for your fish." Gregory Skomal, PhD, Goldfish 2008.
No Goldfish in Bowls!
Bowls are too small for Goldfish, this is horrible. There is not enough water volume to carry the oxygen these fish need.
No Goldfish in Bowls.
I am a bit concerned about that many fish being in that little water. It's not good and they are already darting around which can indicate stress from poor water quality.
Actually goldfish need more oxygen, they are descendants of carp which live in large bodies of colder fast moving water. While goldfish have been kept in bowls before, it doesn't make it humane. Some may think it's clever and others will not learn that a bowl is too small for a goldfish because they never stated that in any part of the show.