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How the movie "Finding Nemo" influenced the saltwater-aquarium/reef trade?

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I am not sure where to put this topic so I decided to put it here because I've noticed a lot of peoples opinions on the movie. If it should be moved feel free to! I'm a newbie.

I've noticed on reef and saltwater-aquarist forums that some bad comments have been made about how the movie "Finding Nemo" influenced the saltwater/reef aquarium trade. I do realize that the movie did cause a high demand for clownfish and anemones which was not beneficial for wild reef life but yet I think the movie did have some sort of purpose teaching people about the values of a wild eco-system and how fish may "feel" while they are in a tank. I personally love the movie.

However this brought attention to reef tanks which caused many people to want one. I heard a friend say that she wanted to keep a few "Dori-fish" (aka Hippo Tangs) in a fish bowl. I admit that clownfish are my favorite fish out there and that Finding Nemo was a big part of it. What's your opinion on "Finding Nemo?" I'm really curious to know from some experienced, long time, and successful reef-keepers themselves.
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That reminds me, I was picking out my first saltwater clownfish at age elven and I felt really fish-knowledgeable compared to some adults asking people if clownfish could live with their goldfish-TRUE STORY! I actually kept a two gallon with some fish (two little firefish and snails, shrimp, etc-I moved the firefish to a bigger tank soon) when I was eleven for a year and a half. I've been asked countless times by my friends about seahorses and clownfish-and how they can have their own tank. And LFS employees have told me I'd be surprised by some people wanting "nemos"...
I loved the movie, I took the grandkids I had at the time to see it. They had already be exposed to my reef tank so it was a dual win for them. i actually have like 2 sets of the Nemo toys from Happy Meals in the kids tub time toy box.
but yes it was bad for the livestock though a windfall for fish shops.
The post about kids using fish names reminds me, when my son was 4 we went to the fish store I shopped at, The owner greets us and my son says its my burfday , I have money for a fish. Now picture the store owner, he is like 6'5" tall so he bends down to negotiate with my kid. "Well do you want a goldfish or a betta?" Heck no the lad replies I want a bristlenose plecostomus very distinctly. Owner about falls over, laughing and says, I wonder where he gets that from ;)
That reminds me when my little sister was about seven years old I played a joke on her and told her I got a "Dori Fish" for my little fish tank. She looked at me and first corrected me and said it was a blue tang and did I even know how big they get? She has always been interested in watching my fish tanks and often she would sit and watch my clownfish until she fell asleep. I think reef life really inspires little kids and I loved the movie anyway.
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