Yeah.. He's obviously backed off, and I have a feeling might not come back(?) from this.
I dont agree with what he said at all, not in the slightest, but eesh.. :c
Thanks for disagreeing with dignity and compassion, PewPewPew.
Actually, I've just been busy. I did want to let this thread die, but after finding the latest string of hate-laced responses, I guess now I have to explain myself again.
I have very little experience with "game" animals. Research on this forum and others suggested the chances were good that 7 females would co-exist under the conditions I painstakingly administered. I really thought I wanted to keep some of these beautiful fish and had every reason to believe if anyone had succeeded, I would too being armed with 38 years of experience in keeping tropical fish. When it didn't happen, I became frustrated and said some regretful things. I think I already explained this and probably even asked for forgiveness.
I admitted my mistakes here and am now making a sincere, humane attempt to do what is best for the fish. The red one is in the tank alone and doing fine. I will keep her. The others are back in their cups. I don't like it either, but don't see another way to keep them from killing each other till they can be fattened up, healed, returned, and resold. They were in cups when I bought them, and in a week or 2 someone else will hopefully take them home in a cup and release them into their own private tank. That is the best I can do. It is not like I am flushing them down the toilet or shipping them to Michael Vick.
Everyone now knows of my fantastic failure. Like I said before, I hope to communicate with some of you on other forums where I can cordially share some of my many triumphs.
And BTW... To answer the person who made the related remarks - Cichlids compare to Bettas like Domineckers compare to Gamecocks. One settles for dominance over their living
rivals. The other settles for nothing less than dead
rivals. I now understand this completely and this concludes my desire to keep any
game animals, Bettas included. We live and learn.