Originally Posted by BettaStarter24
My entire family states that they're just $2 fish and are practically disposable. My mom's even told me she's dumping them all down the drain if I don't get good enough grades.
I'm gonna tell her next time she does that I'm gonna burn all of her yarn if she even dares try to dump my boys down the drain.
My sister keeps hairless rats that we have pent thousands of dollars on over the years in vet expenses for them (many batches of rats, not the same group) and we get that a lot.
I get a lot of comments about my fish as well. My sisters are understanding because its like the rats and we all worry over the living things we've chosen to keep in our house under our care. I've gotten teased about being worked up about my old man betta (4 years+ old at the time) who got popeye from an injury and when one of my Panda Garras damaged his gill covers. I had some people roll their eyes and laugh at me when I panicked about my Vampire shrimp being missing for a week (he found a new place to hide, he's fine). I also have gotten a lot of teasing for getting bigger tanks and other 'extras' for my fish to make them happier.
I think though the worst comments are people who yell at me about having my betta in a 30 gallon with other fish and shrimp. Fish and shrimp he had lived with for years in a 10 gallon with no issue. I go to the store to pick up things and people ask me about my tank and I mention my betta and they flip out and tell me what a bad owner I am. He is nearing 6 years old. I think I'm doing better than they are when they have the nerve to tell me a betta only lives about 2 years. I might not know everything about fish and tanks, but I've only had 2 injuries and zero illness (other than the newer betta's cyst but he's on his own and I'm working on that) in my many years of keeping betta.