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Thread: Disaster (kinda) averted!
12-06-2012, 06:39 AM #1
Disaster (kinda) averted!
So I was talking to my mother yesterday, and she mentioned she wanted a sea-theme to her bedroom. Ok, no problem, I'll buy her some shells for Xmas....but then I hear these dread words:
"So I bought a betta for my bedroom, and one for the bathroom."
I knew exactly what she had done....betta vases.
So I quickly asked if they had heaters and pointed out that they are tropical fish, and she keeps her house at 63 degrees all the time. LUCKILY, she has some common sense and went out and bought a couple heaters for them (probably too strong but we will see). I praised her and mentioned that she should change the water often...which she should know, since she has kept fish for YEARS, but, look at exhibit Betta.
I figure every time I see her or talk to her I'll drop another good fishkeeping hint so as not to antagonize her too much, while saving the poor bettas' lives.
I am worried about the vase thing though....she brought up them living with cups, so I countered with a puppy living in its cage....but we will see. She really doesn't have the room for a 5g tank where she wants to put them, and I already bought her Xmas gift. :-P
Either way, at least they are warm tonight!20 gallon with a male betta, neons, glowlights, and red cherry shrimp. (work in progess) Recently added a few LIVE plants and driftwood, Woooohoooo!
12-06-2012, 06:44 AM #2
Good call !!!Perfection is not attainable, but if we chase perfection we can catch excellence.
Once you learn to quit, it becomes a habit. -Vince Lombardi
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12-06-2012, 07:25 AM #3
Well i gues you now know what to get her for xmas then!Fiiiiiiiiiiissssshhhhhh!
12-06-2012, 05:43 PM #4
My kmart has those betta vases....and they marked them down to $5. My sister in laws work was getting one for their boss.......and she asked me if they still had to feed it. I have tried talking to her about fish care but she doesnt listen.....her daughters betta just died and I told her not to replace it until they had proper living conditions for it.
Good luck with your mom.
12-06-2012, 07:03 PM #5
Betta are SOLD in those cups - they are not meant to be long term housing.
5g tanks are cheap, Get them for her anyway and SHAME her into using them or getting rid of the betta. Keeping any pet in crap conditions is unethical when you know better.
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Lack of planning on your part does not constitute an emergency on my part.
Why pretend there are no stupid questions? Actually, There are many stupid questions: "Should I drink this bleach?" Is just one example.
Having said that, Just because it's a stupid question doesn't mean that it shouldn't be asked. It's better to know.
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12-06-2012, 07:09 PM #6
Yeah.... if people want a sea theme get a vase, some blue glass marbles and some Lysimachia. Still looks aquatic, very low maintenance and that plant is bullet proof.