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Old 12-12-2010, 05:09 PM   #1 
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Unhappy Upsetting guestbook message

This is a Guestbook message I saw on my website today:
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With so many Betta fish living in horrible conditions I am offended that you started a Betta rescue, asked for money and then abandoned the idea. You are just another person exploiting these amazing creatures for profit. Keeping males in glass jars is hardly humane. What a shame.
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I'm not in this hobby for profit. I really love my fish. I cancelled the Rescue Program due to lack of participation and I wanted to focus on breeding of quality fish rather than resuce right now. I didn't want to end up with several VT bettas with no one willing to pay shipping and I was worried I wouldn't give them the right care due to my breeding projects. I keep my males in glass jars because, as a breeder, I cannot keep all my fish in heated, filtered tanks...however I will be building adrip system soon and all the jars in the system will have a live plant so the fish can go hide when he wants.

Also I make very little profit from this hobby...all the money I make goes right back into it. As far as the adoption went, no money was ever donated, no fish were resuced, and none were shipped out.


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If the poster of this message is on this forum I hope you understand my resons for cancelling the program.
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Old 12-12-2010, 05:32 PM   #2 
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Don't let those kind of messages get to you...you know your heart was in the right place and so do we......that person hasn't a clue what they are talking about and you know what you are doing as far as care and housing...etc.......
However, the way it was written and the words that were used do sound like someone we have seen on this board......

Tank size doesn't matter as much as care...just as many Bettas die in large tank from poor care because the persons hasn't a clue and think a bigger tank doesn't need water changes or the filter does all the work when we all know better......
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Old 12-12-2010, 06:09 PM   #3 
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Ignore them! You are a wonderful person! And you take wonderful care of your fish!!!! Please ignore the naysayers and just keep doing what you are doing!! HUGS!!!!
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Old 12-12-2010, 06:45 PM   #4 
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Thanks OFL and Miharu!
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Old 12-12-2010, 06:55 PM   #5 
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Ditto. Dont take that to heart the fact you even wanted to start a rescue shows how much you really care. You dont have to explain yourself to people like that, you take great care of your fish :)
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Old 12-12-2010, 07:39 PM   #6 
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Forget it MrV, the person who wrote that obviously hasn't got a clue about who you are and your feelings about Bettas, and jumped to an unsupported conclusion. Their heart seems to be in the right place but they did not think before they chose to condemn you.
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Old 12-12-2010, 07:52 PM   #7 
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That person has no idea what he or she is talking about. You are one of the most intelligent and caring people on this forum. I think most serious breeders do it for love of the fish and because they want to improve the species and not for profit. Like OFL said, your heart was in the right place.
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Old 12-12-2010, 08:00 PM   #8 
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Thanks all of you guys! It was just shocking to me....why would I start an adoption program if I didn't care?
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Old 12-12-2010, 08:01 PM   #9 
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I would really like to know who posted that message..as they clearly know nothing of how much time and effort you put into your Bettas wellbeing.
Just let it go.. because...You ROCk MrV! hahaha :]
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Old 12-12-2010, 08:09 PM   #10 
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They don't know much about me either, I don't just sit at home all day...I'm an 8th grade student with friends and homework...fish are priority around here but I also have my other responsibilities.
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