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Old 06-28-2011, 04:00 AM   #21 
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Everytime he tried to get a live coral or anenome going it would just crash his tank when it died and rotted. So he stuck to just fake stuff. He had some of the most exotic fish, mind you this was his collection hobby this and his private airplane that he was always messing with so he'd have quite a nice collection. His office always got the hardy normal fish. Tangs, Damsels, Clonwfish, Queenies. Nothing really special but at home I saw Batfish, exotic puffers and parrot fish, etc... Was nice to have. I was really sad the day he tore it out for an area to store the grandkids toys. Of course he only had my sisters one daughter but she needed a whole room for her spoilage at grandpa's house. Someday I'll have a tank room with a variety.
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Old 06-28-2011, 04:08 AM   #22 
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Heh, well, I guess that's grandpa's perogative. I guess he really loved his one grandddaughter to give up his collection just for her. Sounds like he had a nice job too so he could afford some of the rare fish. I looked online once, some of those are amazingly expensive so I can imagine both the financial and emotional loss when the power outtages got some of them. Did your dad ever go diving for fish himself? (I don't even know if that's legal actually, so if it's a dumb question, just ignore it. ^_^)
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Old 06-28-2011, 07:52 AM   #23 
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well i read somewhere that if you NEED to get out of the house fast, and don't have a cup or anything, soak a towel or even the corner of your shirt in the water, and wrap ur betta in it! the betta will survive long enough for you to get it to water... THIS IS A LAST RESORT ONLY!
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Old 06-28-2011, 08:54 AM   #24 
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Yeah, although to be perfectly honest, if I have to get out of the house that fast, my cats are coming first. I would trust in the betta's ability to survive as long as he's in water.
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Old 06-28-2011, 09:51 PM   #25 
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My dad was an avid scuba junky, going on trips to the Carribean a lot to scuba. Yah he could afford the fish. Someday I will too but I have to get through school first.
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Yeah, I can see how you can't afford fish and school. ^_^ Well, good luck. If you ever get a tank set up, PM me pics. I'd love to see.
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Think of how heavy, I mean 1gallon is roughly 8 pounds, so can an earthquake throw you off your bed in the middle of the night?
I just got a great scene from paranormal activity rolling through my head from that.
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I just got a great scene from paranormal activity rolling through my head from that.
Well, when we wake up and our bettas are levitating around our beds with their tails spinning . . .
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Old 06-28-2011, 10:50 PM   #29 
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I live in San Jose and we get small earth quakes pretty often. I worry ever time I'm in a tunnel on the train about a huge earthquakes making all my aquariums fall over. I just hope I'm at home to save my fish and not in SF where the buildings are big and scary lol I worry about the buildings collapsing even though they were designed for that type of thing. But a lot of buildings are art deco style which are older......

I don't do anything for my aquariums, just hope I'm home to help. If I was in my room I'd probably run over to my 48 and try to keep it steady, although if that's going to fall I'm not strong enough to save it :(

if they did fall I'd try to get all my fish in Tupperware containers so they can still swim if the pipes are working or enough water is left in one of my tanks for it.

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Think of how heavy, I mean 1gallon is roughly 8 pounds, so can an earthquake throw you off your bed in the middle of the night?
Fish tanks are rigid and filled with sloshing water that can move them, in bed we are laying flat and are flexible so we absorb the waves better. Also if you in a tall building the building will also sway which makes it have even more movement in the tank.

here's a small 5.5 earth quake (not my video)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jhMa1LuXzYU

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Yeah, that's a good point. I never thought about the fish just sloshing right out during the rocking. Now that I think about it, I remember the '89 quake. Even a hundred miles away, the water sloshed all out of my neighbor's pool.
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