Join Date: Jan 2013
Location: The Boonies, Arizona
Should I Rescue a Feeder Fish?
We have two red eared slider turtles and we got them 6 feeder fish to snack on- rosy red minnows. Well, the first five were eaten pretty quickly. But the last one got smart and started hanging out amongst the rocks where the turtles couldn't get him. He's been there for five days now, and I'm starting to feel really bad for the poor little guy. Not to mention respect- this little guy really wants to live! I can't imagine how he's still alive- my turtle tank's ammonia was at 1 ppm and the nitrites over 5 this morning- that's a whole 'nother story.
I'm beginning to seriously consider rescuing him and putting him in my 20g- after QT, of course. But, would I be doing him a disservice? He will always be the only minnow- I am not getting any more. Would it be better to just let him be eaten? On the weekend, we're getting rid of the rocks so I imagine he would probably get eaten fairly soon after that.
What do y'all think?
"People have forgotten this truth," the fox said. "But you mustn't forget it. You become responsible forever for what you've tamed."
-Antoine de Saint-Exupery