I have to use this forum to confess. I accidentally killed my poor fish, Peanut Butter. I was trying to turn down the heater, but turned it up instead, and discovered it too late. I am heartbroken and guilt-ridden. It didn't have to happen.
I brought Peanut Butter back from the brink of death twice. He had been purchased at a local 99 cent store along with another betta we named Jelly. Peanut Butter was an awesome little fishy who always did the "fishy dance" when he was hungry. Now he's gone, and it was at my own hand. I can't even express how sad I feel.
I had the best of intentions, but the worst of brains.
When I told my daughter what happened, I told her that every fish that leaves us leaves us a little smarter, and we learned so much about caring for bettas because of Peanut Butter. I also told her that Peanut Butter moved aside because there were more bettas that needed rescuing. To that end, we bought two more fish and named them George and Ringo. George was the rattiest looking fish in the store and I knew nobody would buy him. Now he's ours, and at least he has a chance, thanks to Peanut Butter, and to all the people here who helped me keep him alive for almost two years. Not bad for a 99 cent store fish.
Still in all, I'll never really forgive myself.
Good grief, I miss him so much........