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Old 04-10-2012, 08:50 PM   #11 
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Maybe it's just me, but I think plants are a good alternative. I have 4 that I've all given names to - Edgar, Portia, Picard, and Wesley :P
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Old 04-10-2012, 09:03 PM   #12 
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i would say fish, the cage filter and other supplies can be a bit pricey but when your all done itll be worth it i have a bichir and a couple other fish but i like it the best
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Old 04-10-2012, 10:03 PM   #13 
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Pets aren't cheap. IF you aren't willing to spend the money needed to properly take care of them, stick with a pet rock or plant.
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Old 04-10-2012, 10:14 PM   #14 
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Or a Marimo! Some people keep them as plant-pet hybrids.
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Old 04-10-2012, 10:50 PM   #15 
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It really bugs me when people are demeaning to my passion for animals. of course no pets gonna be a one time investment but there are pets that are lower cost than others. I think some people need to stop taking themselves so seriously and show a little humility. I never look into getting a new pet with the "wrong attitude". I simply gave up on the idea of owning goldfish because they are very expensive to keep happy and healthy but I still want a companion so I want to know what might be a bit cheaper. Many of you are very helpful when answering my questions but I am greatly offended by the way you assume I am some ignorant animal abuser.
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Old 04-10-2012, 10:53 PM   #16 
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Pets aren't cheap. IF you aren't willing to spend the money needed to properly take care of them, stick with a pet rock or plant.
Excuse me but I find that statement very rude and assuming.
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Old 04-10-2012, 10:59 PM   #17 
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I don't think anyone meant to be demeaning, and I'm sorry if I came across that way.
It makes more sense now that you mention the goldfish. If you had said "cheaper than a goldfish" instead of just "cheap", it would have been easier to understand what you were looking for.
Sorry!
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Old 04-10-2012, 11:17 PM   #18 
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Well, you might think about using more description when posting because unfortunately many folks on this forum are rather sensitive to the idea that betta's are considered "cheap" by much of the world, and are therefore disposable. And your original post gave no indication of a passion for anything other than saving money.

I've had two pet rats in my life and after paying a couple dollars for the rat I then had HUNDREDS invested in their care in the form of a home, litter, toys, food, and vet visits (yep, I took them to the vet when they got sick). They are wonderful critters, but many are prone to upper respiratory illness, oh, and cancer. Both of mine died from cancer. :(

Every animal has it's positives and negatives, and there are lots of inexpensive pets available these days from hamsters, gerbils, and guinea pigs, to fish, birds, etc. You might have better luck going to your local pet store and seeing what's available then posting to ask folks opinions.
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Old 04-10-2012, 11:26 PM   #19 
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Well, you might think about using more description when posting because unfortunately many folks on this forum are rather sensitive to the idea that betta's are considered "cheap" by much of the world, and are therefore disposable. And your original post gave no indication of a passion for anything other than saving money.

I've had two pet rats in my life and after paying a couple dollars for the rat I then had HUNDREDS invested in their care in the form of a home, litter, toys, food, and vet visits (yep, I took them to the vet when they got sick). They are wonderful critters, but many are prone to upper respiratory illness, oh, and cancer. Both of mine died from cancer. :(

Every animal has it's positives and negatives, and there are lots of inexpensive pets available these days from hamsters, gerbils, and guinea pigs, to fish, birds, etc. You might have better luck going to your local pet store and seeing what's available then posting to ask folks opinions.
Yeah, apparently I won't be asking for opinions on this forum anymore because people like to give rude and assuming responses.
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Old 04-10-2012, 11:27 PM   #20 
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I don't think anyone meant to be demeaning, and I'm sorry if I came across that way.
It makes more sense now that you mention the goldfish. If you had said "cheaper than a goldfish" instead of just "cheap", it would have been easier to understand what you were looking for.
Sorry!
Thank you. I can see now where the miss-communication happened. I did mean cheaper than goldfish :)
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