I'm not trying to be disrespectful. I am just using common sense and looking at the big picture.
This person has a good intention and wants to learn how to be a good pet owner, and now feels crappy about his/her good intentions because people are being melodramatic or alarmist. And there are tons of fish sitting in much worse conditions than what he/she has for his/her fish. He/she said they are getting a heater, why are we getting hysterical about a few days when they sit for weeks in a Petsmart or Petco in a poop-laden cup with no heat and air conditioning?
And FYI I have thermometers on all my tanks, so I DO know what the temperatures are, and what the fluctuations in temperature can be. I look at them every day.
To me, when I hear someone take a betta home and try their best to take decent care of them, I am happy, because I see most bettas rot away at big box stores until they die. My friend has a betta in a small bowl. I don't say to them "OMG they NEED this, that, etc! You jerk, you better go to the store and buy ___ right now!" Why? .. . Because I know I get more bees with honey than vinegar. I say "Hey you know what? There is a small tank on sale at _____ that would let you see the betta better . . and fit more tank ornaments for it to play with. It will be more lively maybe and more fun to watch!" Or something like that.
I don't know. . my Petco has the last sad saps still sitting in cups from probably late May. And we are yelling at this person for not having a heater tonight when it's summer time.
i pushed you by not getting a heater??.. what if that panic release doesn't work just like that heater is faulty and can fry the fish....
oh sorry it's mcnutt... i'm going to bed..
No...you push when you showed your immaturity by making fun of me. The panic releases always work. They are checked DAILY and tossed/replaced with a working panic release collar should they be faulty in anyway.
But whatever, I'm not going to feed you.
I too came here looking for new pictures of betta homes and found this. :\
Helping people is good... always. The way you do it though has to be with love, respect, compassion and understanding. Share what you know and let them make their own conclusion.
Inspiring good betta keeping instead of forcing it.
There is more than one right way to take good care of your fish.
We were all ones there, at the beginning without a clue. Some of us are still there and we are learning. Luckily our fishes are patient and hardy, and will be forgiving of our faults. It takes a long time to work your way to ideal conditions, and some never get there... but then again, I don't live in ideal conditions and somehow I mange to thrive too, so will the fishies. Anything is better than those tiny cups. And one can improve from there, but not all at ones.
How about we bury the hatchet at this point and get back on topic.
Who has any betta homes to show us?
Last edited by Atena; 06-28-2012 at 08:05 AM.