Applaud Removal of Tropical Fish from Nightclub


Target: Chloe Adams, Marketing Manager, Orange Rooms

Goal: Thank nightclub for seeking new home for four fish who have overgrown their tank

An English nightclub is looking for new homes for four tropical pacu fish. The fish, piranha relatives native to South America, have been on display at the club for 13 years and outgrew their tank years ago. In the wild, these fish can grow up to three-feet long. Seven days out of the week, the fish endure vibrations from loud bass music and intoxicated revelers knocking on the tank’s glass.

Fish kept in aquariums need a great deal of maintenance and monitoring, particularly in species such as pacu which require strict water parameters. Fish kept in overstocked tanks are especially vulnerable to slight changes in water quality, and are at risk of a host of health problems, including stunted growth, disease, ammonia poisoning, and death. The extreme stress of the nightclub environment is exacerbated by a lack of plants, rocks, and hiding places to which scared fish can retreat.

The club, called the Orange Rooms, is in the process of finding a suitable home for the fish after aquatic laws prevented a zoo from adopting them. It is seeking help from the public in re-homing the four pacus, named Ratsy, Reiss, Terrance and Bazza. Placing the fish in a sanctuary or private aquarium will allow them the space they need to continue growing, as well as improve their enjoyment of their surroundings. Sign the petition below to praise the nightclub owners for removing these fish from their cramped environment.


Dear Ms. Chloe Adams,

The Orange Rooms nightclub in Southampton is seeking to get rid of four tropical pacu fish who outgrew their tank long ago. After aquatic laws made giving the fish to a zoo impossible, the club is now looking for a sanctuary or private aquarium owner to adopt the fish.

The fish, which can grow up to a meter long in the wild, will experience far less stress once removed from a loud and populated nightclub environment. In a larger tank, they will be less susceptible to health issues like stunted growth, disease, and ammonia poisoning, which can result in death. We, the undersigned, applaud your consideration of the welfare of these fish, and praise your move to find a more suitable home for Ratsy, Reiss, Terrance and Bazza.


[Your Name Here]

Photo credit: Steven G. Johnson via Creative Commons

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