Two weeks ago I went away for a week and left my 5.5 gal, 3 gal and 1 gal in the hands of my mother. I showed her how to do a water change (the 3 gal gets a 50% change wednesday and saturday, and 1 gal gets 100% every 2 days and 5.5 gets 50% every saturday), how to feed etc..
When I got back they were all bloated (Should have seen this coming because she always says that 2 pellets twice a day isn't enough). And I asked her if she did okay with the water changes and she said she didn't do any changes because the water didn't look dirty.. even though the bottom was littered with fish poo.. And I said "Mom, you can't see the ammonia!! That's what kills them!" and she said "They're fine"..
I was not impressed and had to do water changes on all of them asap.
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