I live on a college campus, and fish are the only pets allowed, so almost every room I walk into, I see fish. Unfortunately, it's not a pretty sight.
Almost all of them are in jars or half-filled bowls with cloudy water and very sad looking bettas
The branch college that I work at even has one of those atrocious plant-vase setups ...
Well, this is really a story about one fish in particular - a goldfish. One of my good friends keeps him in a small bowl filled with spring water. Well, I spent some time observing him this week and he almost definitely has swim bladder disorder, is overweight, and may even be suffocating.
His belly is HUGE, and he just can't seem to control his swimming. He's always up near the water line freaking out and blowing bubbles. I asked my other friend (her roommate) how much she feeds him and how often, and it sounds like she feeds him a pinch of flakes or something all throughout the day, which explains that belly of his. They've also told me that he'll sometimes just lay motionless on the bottom if his water hasn't been changed frequently enough.
My friends are good people, and I've hinted to them that there's something SERIOUSLY wrong with the way he's acting and being treated. They just brush it off and attribute his weird swimming to his quirkiness.
Since I've gotten Rosie, I've found myself being more sympathetic to all sorts of animals (I moved a frog out of the road this week
), but especially other fish. People look at me like I'm crazy when I tell them I have a filtered, heated, 3 gallon tank for a betta. "That's a little overboard for me." Well, the fact is that it's not overboard! It's even a little small for her! And of course, they ALL find it weird that I say I LOVE my fish, that she's friendly, and that I feed her from my fingertips.
Well, anyways, to conclude this rant, I was wondering if anyone had any advice on how to gently tell their friends that they are essentially killing and torturing their pets.
If I see one more sad betta, I think I'll lose it