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A visitor takes a picture of goldfish at the Art Aquarium exhibition at Nihonbashi Mitsui Hall in Tokyo Friday. The exhibition has around 8,000 goldfish in tanks created on the theme of Japan's Edo Period.

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I just fail to see how thoughtless abuse at best, cruelty at worst, works as art.

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I'm with Moonraker. This is not art. It's abuse of 8,000 little lives.

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Awww, the poor little fishies. Then you all should protest at every matsuri where they are captured with wet tissues, imprisoned in plastic bags, neglected at home, then flushed down the toilet.

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sensei - been there, done that, there was a thread abut it on JT not too long ago.

Your point?

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How do you know if they are being abused?

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@sensei

How do you know if they are being abused?

Well how would YOU like to be cramped in a tiny space with 7 999 other people ???

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Like other posters, this abuse of goldfish needs to stop, we see these stupid ""art"" things.

All it is is cramming a bunch of fish into a TIGHT, ODD SHAPED, CRAZY LIT TANK...........wth!

Sensei do you have any idea of how much ammonia is being produced in the tank, the fish are swimming in their own waste!!!

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The exhibition has around 8,000 goldfish in tanks...

1 they're not all in that one tank 2 In the wild, fish love to hang out in schools, sometimes by the millions depending on the species

do you have any idea of how much ammonia is being produced in the tank

3 Do you have any idea how long they were in there? If it was only a day or two, so what? 4Do you see any fish floating upside down?
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@sensei258

I was about to write a similar post.

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FightingViking: Well how would YOU like to be cramped in a tiny space with 7 999 other people ???

Haha, in Tokyo that's not such an uncommon occurrence. Hell, visiting that exhibition is a great example of it.

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1 they're not all in that one tank

There are obviously far too many in each of the tanks. One fancy goldfish requires over 35 l of water, which these fish are obviously not getting.

2 In the wild, fish love to hang out in schools, sometimes by the millions depending on the species

Goldfish don't exist in the wild. In the wild, some fish depending on the species do hang out in schools, but that's in the wild not in a crazy-shaped, crazily-lit tank from which there is no escape; and what happens with wild fish has no bearing on the needs of domesticated fish.

3 Do you have any idea how long they were in there? If it was only a day or two, so what?

You would be amazed how much ammonia and other toxins a goldfish can produce in a day or two. They're one of the most difficult species of fish to keep clean. They also need higher levels of oxygen than other tank fish; no oxygen appears to be being added to those awful tanks.

4Do you see any fish floating upside down?

So as long as they don't actually die (or the exhibition staff scoop out the dead ones before photos are allowed), you can do whatever you like? Do you support waterboarding, too?

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