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Sept. 29, 2020Kansas City, Mo. |  By: Jacob Coffman

MDC has a reminder about aquariums

                                                     (Missouri Department of Conservation photo)

KANSAS CITY, Mo. - The Missouri Department of Conservation is reminding people to be careful with how they dispose of their aquariums and fish. MDC Media Specialist Bill Graham explains the departments latest discovery.

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Though this specific fish would have died in the cold Missouri winter, other species can survive and damage the local ecosystem.

Graham adds that some aquarium plants can also pose a threat to the local ecosystem. Invasive species are a big problem for Missouri, and stopping aquarium dumping is one way to curb their spread.

The MDC adds that aquarium dumping is illegal and alternatives are available, such as giving the fish to an aquarium store or aquarium club.