Join Date: Nov 2010
Location: Hawaii- Go Diamond head!
Maturaty and responsibility. Sometimes people are mature about everything except what you need them to be. For example, my 9 year old sister is super mature about lots of things for someone her age. She works extra hard in all things, she researches before acting, and she is always careful to do things the right way and think it through.
Knowlage isn't necessarily the same as responsibility, though. A few months ago I got my first Betta (Before I learned proper Betta care, R.I.P. unnamed Betta) She decided to get one too. Now, a few months later, I'm nuturing him back to health. The point is, she is mature about everything. Except for pet keeping.
I was also much more unknowlagable and immature about Bettas a few months ago, too. I didn't bother to do the research (immature!) skimped on water changes, even though I was doing too few because of instructions (immature!) And I failed to even noticed all the problems that occured on my Betta (IMMATURE!!!)
If I had researched in the first place, he would have lived. Not if I just read do this many water changes, but if I read that Bettas almost instantly get problems with their fins when they have bad water conditions and can die easily (IMO!) I would have realized that being more mature meant the difference beween life and death in a Betta.
I personally know that I'm probably the only person in my family mature enough for Betta care. Sorry if it sounds snobby, but my mom hates fish, my dad gets SUPER impatiant easily (He has a salt water tank and gets stressed just testing the water...) My brother is also impatiant, and my sister isn't responsible enough.
So, go ahead and get your sister a Betta. In fact, don't get her a Betta but tell her for Christmas when ever you next go to the pet store she can choose a Betta so she find one she really wants and tries really hard to take good care of it. Sure, do that. IF she bothers to do research, is patient, has shown responsibility before with pets, and commits to the things she gets. If she does none of these, don't even bother because it'll end in disaster.
If guppies are jewels, than Bettas must be rainbows
Proud owner of Neon, Ryu, and a still unnamed CT
Last edited by baylee767; 12-16-2010 at 03:00 AM.