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Old 04-02-2012, 01:44 AM   #21 
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Originally Posted by Bombalurina View Post
When I asked a friend to petsit for my rats and fish, I wrote to only feed Odysseus specified amount, no more, even if he looked hungry, and not to feed my fish upstairs at all, because it would do more harm than good by fouling the water. She read my instructions, thank goodness. :)

I don't understand why petsitters don't understand that your instructions regarding your animals are correct. Don't they think you might actually know what is best for them?
i think it has to do with how they were brought up and the fact the fish will eat themselves silly (cant forget the hunger dance). my parents neighbor had a betta in a tiny vase, she fed a pinch of FD BW. he never ate it all BC he was in unheated water. humans assume too easily that what they can eat is a similar amount that other animals can. i told her the size of a betta's stomach but it didnt click either way. i can easily see the uninformed think they're still hungry BC they still beg for food any time you walk past the fish.
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Old 04-02-2012, 09:40 AM   #22 
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I wrote a page and a half for each of my pets when we left at Christmas!! We had a planner which they each signed (my sister and mom took turns coming up) for the betta I made strict instructions to only feed him so much, ignore the hunger dance!! lol As well as strict instructions of when to put him in the cleaned and sitting Q-tank. My Lakitu survived in the tiny .5g without a heater for a few days but it was better than asking them to clean the 2.5g and scrub off the heater and etc.. Because I knew they wouldn't. So I set out the water and just gave them a day to transfer him. :/
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