Firstly, I am by no means an expert, but I am a devoted ocean lover. Secondly, I live in Hawaii so I have some knowledge of how 98 percent of tropical fish for aquariums are collected from the wild. My first meeting with an aquarium collector led me to protest the practice. Why? Besides the fact that his boat was anchored on a coral reef causing immense damage, he was taking fish in an area where seven days ago I caught my first glance of a very rare fish. I later found out, after doing some research and seeing it again and again with my own eyes that damage to coral reefs is normal and that taking rare fish is normal. After all a rare fish is worth more money in an industry fueled by greed. "We're not greedy many aquarists," will say, "It's our love of marine life and the ocean that drives our interest in keeping saltwater aquariums and our insatiable desire to view and care for the beautiful fish within our homes". While in actuality they have shut their eyes to the destruction of the marine environment that is caused directly by their selfishness to have "fake" nature for their own personal pleasure.