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Old 01-05-2013, 07:29 PM   #1 
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Do I buy those fish?

This is my first post here, but I've been into fish for years. At the peak (15 years ago) I had 5 freshwater tanks, from 10 to 50 gallons, and 2 saltwater tanks. Now I only have three fish right now, all pets for the kids (teaching responsibility to four year old twins), and all from local chain stores, and they're veiltails.

Today I was cruising through a local store and saw a shelf label that said "Male crowntail betta" and they were going cheap. There were a couple crowntails there, but most of the fish on the shelf were male plakats. No doubt about it. I've wanted plakats for years, but never seen them in a store. Do I really need more fish? Well, it's probably not a need, but do I really want to pass up this chance to get a couple locally?
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Old 01-05-2013, 09:04 PM   #2 
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If you've got the itch and a big enough wallet, I'd say go for it, since you seem like a very responsible owner. I'm already planning future tanks, but for right now I'm just looking after my 5 gal, especially since I'm in college. c:
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Old 01-05-2013, 09:43 PM   #3 
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I can definitely afford the fish the equipment to properly house and care for them. I don't like to ship fish, so I either have to find them locally or do without. And I definitely want plakats. I've just never seen them on the shelf like that. It's strange to me, and I suspect that a breeder was probably dumping old breeding stock or something. They just look so good...

I just have to draw a line in the sand. This far, and no farther. I'll have no more than so many fish. Now I just need to set a reasonable number. Maybe an even dozen or so...
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Yeah, as long as you set your limit and you have the plakats you want there locally, I'd say you're good to go!
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go for it!
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Old 01-05-2013, 10:40 PM   #6 
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If you have the time to take care of them and the money to do it I say go get them!!
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Old 01-05-2013, 10:56 PM   #7 
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Yup, go for it.. Because if you don't and someone else picks them up, then you'll end up kicking yourself for not buying sooner.
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Old 01-05-2013, 11:02 PM   #8 
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As long as the cost is budgeted as a luxury (something after bills and important things. The bit of money you spend on yourself every month) and you aren't putting a strain on your money and time, I say go for it.
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Old 01-05-2013, 11:22 PM   #9 
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Yup, go for it.. Because if you don't and someone else picks them up, then you'll end up kicking yourself for not buying sooner.
That's going to bug me to no end. I really had my eye on one male and one female. If they're gone tomorrow, I'm probably hosed. They did have a few nice looking crowntail males, and one black female, but those plakats are calling my name.
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Old 01-05-2013, 11:37 PM   #10 
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Definitely worth you getting those boys then!
The rule I follow if I go in a store and see a boy or girl I absolutely cant get off my mind, I'll wait a couple of days minimum and then go back, if they still have them I know its meant to be, if not then it's probably good because I have zero extra space.

I really hope they are there when you go back though!!
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