In December of 2017, a Canadian man named Chris Dickey noticed something odd with his aquariums water tank: There were no fish in the tank.
Dickey, a former marine biology graduate student, thought that a chemical reaction might be to blame.
“They weren’t making a lot of fish,” he said.
So Dickey went to the aquarium’s website and requested information about the company’s fish, which had never been on the site before.
“I think I actually went through about two hours of data, and I was like, ‘Well, it’s really not a good sign,'” he recalled.
“So I’m like, well, you know, I just have to take my chances.”
In the years that followed, Dickey found that the company did not have any fish in its tanks, nor had any of the tanks’ owner contacted the aquarium for any reason.
“It was basically, ‘We have no fish,'” he said of the company.
“No fish at all.”
Dickey’s concern turned out to be correct.
The tank was not full of fish.
But his company had never contacted him to confirm whether it had any fish.
“What it turned out was that they had never told me that they have fish in there,” Dickey said.
“And so I’m very upset that I got caught up in it and didn’t even think to ask.”
He was also confused by how many aquariums his company owned.
“How did I find out that?” he said, adding that he now believes the company is not making fish for its customers.
“But I didn’t think about it until I went back and I went to [their] website.”
But the Canadian company had, and still has, fish in aquariums.
There are a variety of species of fish that live in aquarium tanks.
“The only fish that they use is the bluegill,” said Dickey.
“That’s all they have.”
Dicks said he had to find more information on the company to figure out what fish were being kept in the tanks.
And then he got to a point where he could no longer trust the aquariums he had researched.
“You know, it just sort of happened to me,” Dicks explained.
“Just because I found out that, you knew, there are some fish that you might not have thought to look for.”
A company spokesperson told CBC News that aquariums have been inspected by the aquarium industry since the 1990s and that any problems discovered since then have been resolved through proper procedures.
The spokesperson also said the company has not received any complaints from customers since the issue became public knowledge.
In a statement to CBC News, a company spokesperson said, “This is a very isolated incident.
It’s not an issue affecting a whole community.
The spokesperson added that the aquarium owners involved have been notified and that the investigation is ongoing. “
We take these matters very seriously and are working closely with the Department of Fisheries and Oceans to address this matter.”
The spokesperson added that the aquarium owners involved have been notified and that the investigation is ongoing.
But Dickey says he doesn’t believe his experience is representative of the industry as a whole.
“To the extent that there are people out there who are going to go out and buy aquariums, that’s not going to be an issue with them,” he explained.
The Aquariums in Your Backyard Now that Dickey is aware of the problems, he’s calling on aquarium owners in Nova Scotia to follow his lead.
“If you have a problem with any aquarium, that has fish, then you have to tell them to get off your property,” Dickys said.