Join Date: Nov 2012
Location: Melbourne, Australia
Oh man... I'm with you on the clueless feeding thing being annoying and not wanting that person near your fish ever again!
A few years ago, when I was completely clueless and blindly trusted the pet shop guy, I had five tetras in a small tank (I know, I know, but back then I didn't know and thought I was being told correct information) and it's a long story as to why I didn't want them in my room anymore, but in short that nutzoid ex I wrote about earlier had bought them for me right before leaving and doing some more screwed up stuff, so while I didn't want them to just die, I didn't want them in my face all the time, so I relocated them to the living room. My grandmother was put in charge of feeding and I only had to do water changes because truthfully, although it wasn't their fault (and I didn't want them to suffer for what some moron had done) I didn't want to spend an awful lot of time with them.
She overfed them so much that she ran out of the food that should've lasted for a very long time... In a couple of weeks. And I hadn't noticed because it'd sink to the bottom, and I'd vac it out and being clueless thought the rotting food was their poop. *the most epic of facepalms* Needless to say the poor things didn't last that long... Always felt guilty about it since...
Of course she's not allowed near my bettas now! >.< I did tell her to NEVER turn the tank lights on when it's dark in my room, because the boys will see their reflections and get stressed, and said that if I happen to be home late one day if I've gone on an outing, to turn the tank lights off for me please. So I come home late one night, and the room lights are off, the tank lights are on. I'd left the tank lights off because while I'd explained all that to her, I didn't think she'd remember to turn the tank lights off, but she'd turned them on when it got dark. I flipped my lid, because I'd spent about 10 minutes explaining exactly why that was a no-no. Since then I've been reluctant to go out past sundown, despite all the nagging that I don't see my friends often enough, and that I really need to get out more. I'd rather not expose my fish to that stuff...