Brace yourselves, guys, rant a-coming.
GAH! I hate the way my sister's goldfish is treat. Yes, he's in a 23 gallon, but it's just not big enough. He's a comet. He needs 55 gallons. I can't seem to convince my sister that the pond I'm building would be the perfect home for him. It's 2 ft deep and he'd be going into it in the height of Australian summer. HE'S NOT GOING TO FREEZE WHEN WINTER COMES AROUND. He's currently 9 inches long in a 2 ft tank. He can swim his own body length before he needs to turn around. He has nothing in his tank but some elodea that I give him from my tanks.
What bugs me far more, though, is the water change schedule. A comet plus a mystery snail means weekly 1/3 changes in a tank that small, in my view. He's lucky if he gets done once a month. What's worse, my sister doesn't do it herself. During the term she claims she never has enough time. As if! I am doing the same degree (admittedly, I am doing a language major instead of an IR major, so I have a little bit less reading), I study an instrument extra-cirricularly too, we have the same job (but I have more work from it), plus I am involved in other activities (martial arts, dance, youth group at church, and a social life in general) and I manage to do daily changes on two fish tanks and feed, clean and socialise five rats in their enormous cage! There is never an excuse to neglect your animals. If I asked my mother to do water changes on my tank because I was "too busy" she'd give me a lecture on how my animals were clearly too much for me. But she does them for my sister. The trouble is, they don't get done ENOUGH. I tell her it needs to be done once a week, but he's lucky if he gets one once a fortnight. Once a month is more normal. I have offered to do it myself but for reasons nobody has clearly explained to me, I'm not allowed. It would add a total of 30 minutes to my schedule per week, since I'd just change 2.5 gallons/10 litres 3 times a week for a 33% change. I can do a 10 litre water change in ten minutes.
One totally implausible reason I've been given as to why I can't do it is because "I do it wrong." I'm a member of goodness knows how many forums, a committee member for the local aquarium society and have given over probably weeks of my free time to research EXACTLY