Grazie mille Ajones, and thank you for the welcome, though because of the kind responses of your members, I do already
feel welcome here- the response to my questions has been more than pleasant. Such is not always the case, I can attest.
I will take your recommendation and run with it- I, as I gather you do, tend to take something that starts as a dabble and turn it into an avocation if I'm reasonably successful at it, so it may well turn out that what is a minor saving to start out becomes a real
break over the long haul. Yes, I am of age to shop online (several times over actually) though not neccesarily commensurately wise
Now days I'm happy to putter around the house after work, enjoying my plants and most recently, Bettas. I can see where they'd be easy to become addicted to! Lil' is quite the handsome boy and full of fearless personality, when he's well. I feel like I've let down a human friend...
Bloodworms- Little Dude took one look at them and I swear, if such a thing is possible, he looked at me and sneered. Likewise the pellets. He seems not to recognize anything that doesn't float as food, and that shot down the frozen brine shrimp too, aarrrrrghh... He's quit doing anything more than perfunctorily mouthing the freezedried
brine shrimp and that may be normal considering he's feeling poorly, but it makes me wonder if perhaps they have gone bad and maybe that's
the source of his illness. I'd intended to buy more of them today and see if that might be the case, but they were sold out. So many variables and I have so little experience to draw from.
On a seperate matter, I see your response on the heater size thread, and take your point- surely a 100 watt heater is overkill bulkwise as well as in capability, and I can see the potential for a fish fry (what a scene to come to, eh?) which is why I included the caveat as to the thermostat. It would be interesting to me to know what the relative numbers are for overheating incidents versus failure to heat.
I'm sure there are good logistics behind the availability of various sizes, so of course you are right there. I'd think it would be simple enough to incorporate a fail safe thermoswitch in such devices, and maybe a good idea on the manufacturers part considering how much money some people have in their finned pals. Hmm, do I smell a market niche here? But I'm getting overly wordy again (you got nothin' on me there pal
Thank you for your help!