So while I was in MN I visited my real dad and my step sisters and half brother. I mainly went there to see the new cat they just rescued from the shelter but since I am such a big fish freak like my dad my stepsisters decided to take me on a tour of their fish (after oogling the new guys in the saltwater tank.) First off I have NO idea how this happened but I guess my sisters are not ACTUALLY allowed to have fish which is why they are hiding them but here it goes.
My younger sister about 16 showed me her black mor and her comet goldfish she had gotten from walmart. The black mor was in a 1 gallon bowl of GREEN water with scum along the top, thick with it. She said it hadn't been cleaned in two months and that the comet had been in the bowl with the other fish until they started fighting. NOW the sad part is next. I asked what other fish and she opened a cabinet to reveal a pickle jar, an actual pickle jar like you get in stores and there was the goldfish inside...sitting in the dark. He was skinny and sick looking, not even moving. She said she had forgotten to feed him after a while but now that she fed him he refuses to eat. Same thing over the cleaning of his JAR too, hadn't been touched in a month. Poor guy.
Then the older one (18) took me into her room to show me her betta. He's in a tiny tank where he can't turn around, it's just a decorative cube with no heater and no decor.It's about 60 degrees in the basement right now and it never gets much warmer...being winter it's going to drop to about 58 or lower down there too. Same story, fish eats once a week and the dinky tank is cleaned once a month. He is a beautiful half moon elephant ear multicolored. I just about screamed at them and almost told my dad since he's a big fish guy but I'm not sure if I want them to get into trouble (he is not a fan of freshwater fish only his salties and doesn't like to keep freshies in his home at all) I partly want to protect the fish though and am thinking of what I can do, buy them setups or something for the fish but i just don't know. I feel so bad for those fish, I wish I could have taken them with me but neither wanted to give them up.