One of my roommates, one I have never really talked to, and I get the vibe that she doesn't really like me, has 2 fish in the common area. One is a goldfish, the other is a betta. She thinks the goldfish is a molly. It's not. It is so much a goldfish that I would bet 2 years college tuition on that fact. The goldfish is in maybe 1 gallon. She left for the weekend today, and the bowl literally stunk so much I decided I would clean it. I cleaned the betta too because it looked like whoever she left in charge of feeding overfed soooo much. I swear there were 50 pellets in that bowl...
The goldfish's gills are so red, and have been for so long, I am surprised the poor thing is still alive. It's friend isn't, it died about 2 weeks ago. Probably the last time she changed the water too.
I don't see much hope for the goldfish. They need too much space, even if she was willing to buy it something bigger. We can't have bigger than 10 gallon tanks here.
The betta is actually in pretty good spirits considering the neglect. He loves to build bubble nests, but 1/2 a gallon is just way too small for him. The only benefit I can see (when he isn't overfed) is that being so cold slows down his system so he doesn't produce as much waste. However, I am well aware that his immune system won't last forever, and going so long in dirty water will catch up to him sooner or later.
So basically I feel stuck. Even though I have a spare 2 gal with heater for the betta, my roommate is not interested (and I am sure you are wondering how I can have a spare tank without a betta!).
This is just a rant. I don't see any hope for change.
Though I do have picture evidence of what a Molly is for the next idiot who brings up the subject.