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05-11-2018 06:29 PM
Miss Bad Wolf I lost a goldfish a while back. I went to replace him but the pet store only had juvenile goldfish. The new fish would be so small compared to my smallest current goldfish. I did not get the fish due to it being so small.

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04-02-2018 05:24 PM
moodynarwhal I got in an internet fight with an old dude today about climate change. Like seriously? If you don't believe in something, don't join an online class about it and tell people who are actually trying to learn something they're wrong. I haven't eaten since 4 am, I have a headache, and I just want to learn/not die from pollution because selfish old men don't care about the 'lazy younger generations' ugh
03-29-2018 11:10 AM
sabrinah I came back to this forum just for this thread!

I moved a few months ago and this house is 100+ years old, not level, feels a wee bit unstable. Anyway, a week ago we had 2 decent sized earthquakes in one day. I wasn't in the house during them and didnt feel them, but I was told the house literally swayed back and forth. When I got home all fish (bettas, tetras, rainbow fish, pencilfish, etc) were injured in some way. Missing scales, torn fins, scrapes down their sides. My favorite betta, Spike, was propped up against plants and had minor tearing in his fins but seemed to be the least damaged. Turns out the damage was internal, probably from being slamed against the glass or wood. Cue loss of appetite, sudden inability to swim, seizures, and death. If any of you watch The King of DIY on YouTube, it was like Buddy dying but tiny fish version.

Now my giant betta, Stormy, seemed to be only externally damaged. Scales torn off his face, scratches down his sides, torn up fins. He looks like he went head first into rocks or glass for one earthquake and got dragged along rocks or gravel for the other one. I wasn't super concerned about any of that because healing up moderate external damage is pretty darn easy. Well, the next day he stopped eating and just hangs around the bottom of the tank. Hopefully he's just super stressed, but I doubt it. He doesn't even want bloodworms. All bettas want bloodworms. I've dealth with earthquakes before and the fish are annoyed, but this is the first time they've gotten seriously internally injured. I can't imagine how roughly the water in the tank is sloshing around if the entire house is swaying. Clearly it's violently enough to slam a fish into glass or decor hard enough to damage organs, or at least enough to cause them to jump, hit the lid, then freak out and hurt themselves further.

Fricken earthquakes are killing my fish and now I have to figure out how to do earthquake safe aquascapes that will minimize future damage. On the bright side, spending hours meticulously cutting the lids for a super tight fit really paid off. If I was lazy the floors probably would have been flooded.
03-18-2018 04:56 PM
LittleBettaFish I did find the spider in the end. It was hiding on the side of one my test kits. Fortunately, it stayed still long enough for me to catch and release it.

My bed used to be up against the wall, and once I woke up to find myself almost eyeball to eyeball with a Huntsman spider. I think there have been few occasions in my life that I have moved faster (the other times involved snakes or stinging insects).

Even though I know it makes no sense for a spider to just suddenly drop off the ceiling onto my head, I also can't shake the feeling that one is going to do so at some point in my life.

Worst are the Orb spiders in our garden. At certain times of the year, they build these giant webs that I invariably walk face first into.
03-18-2018 04:38 PM
dennythebetta I had a similar situation last week. I am absolutely terrified of spiders for literally no reason. One night when I went to bed, I noticed a small, harmless looking spider attached to the ceiling right above my head. I couldn't let go of the completely irrational idea that it was going to fall onto my head in the middle of the night and I was going to swallow it. I ended up just sleeping curled in a ball at the foot of my bed, waking up every few hours to check if it was still in the same place with a flashlight.
03-04-2018 04:11 PM
LittleBettaFish There's a Huntsman spider inhabiting my fish room that is engrossed in psychological warfare with me. I first spotted it a couple of days back, before it vanished completely. I was certain it was lurking somewhere ready to scare the bejesus out of me, but I couldn't find it even after a thorough search. Then last night it reappeared, up in the corner behind the door. This morning, it was gone again.

The trouble is, I don't want the cats to find it before I do, and kill it. But I need it to come further down the wall so I can catch it, as Huntsman spiders are not only big, they move fast, and it's terrifying enough to try and catch them when they are near the ground, let alone when you are precariously balanced on a step-ladder.

So I get to look forward to another day spent in the fish room, convinced the feel of my own hair is a spider crawling on me.
03-01-2018 06:32 AM
FutureScientist Ok so my friend’s betta is sick. He has SBD. Her mom won’t let my friend fast him! Like ughhhhh. She also thought/thinks my friend’s female bettas are a different kind of fish. Like what?!?? If you can’t even see that female and male bettas are partners then why the heck do you think you can say not to feed him! Ahhhhhhhhh. My friend is hiding the food. Like wow, great parent my friend. Great parent.

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02-25-2018 09:40 PM
BamNeko I haven't done a rant for a while so here is one big one...

I picked up a new job for the summer, I'll be living on the property since it would be 500 miles on my car just to drive there and back for a week(not worth it) I'd have to make a special trip home just to clean Akio's tank and just HOPE TO GOD my sister feeds my guy(I wouldn't trust an automatic feeder to give him 1 pellet at a time) part of me wishes that the form was more informative in-regards to pets, but I also do know I would drive up to ride my lease horse on my days off so driving an extra 15miles wouldn't kill me to clean his tank out. I just would rather not have to do that... I am hoping that either with my processing or orientation when I ask to stay in the dorm I can ask about my betta coming with me. I would personally rather have him down there with me than up here where he could die because his heater broke and he either died of overheating, or the water remaining to cold for too long, or my sister just didn't feed him and he starved.
02-19-2018 04:33 PM
aefeather Oh man I just discovered this thread and although it seems helpful for those with things to get off their chest, this will be great entertainment to read. lol I started off skim-reading the first 20 pages or so. That was in 2010! 8 years ago! Did those people's issues end up working out? One person was asking for career advice! I wonder what happened....
02-19-2018 03:01 PM
lblair So today at Petco I was subjected to listening to their “aquatics expert” tell a very novice woman so much misinformation about bettas that it really pissed me off. According to him, bettas can live “very happily” in a small vase on your desk. They also don’t like filtration or heaters. And NEVER change their water more than once a week, every 2 weeks is best. Oh, and if their water looks dirty, don’t worry, they’re perfectly fine because the ammonia doesn’t affect them like other fish because they breathe air. I seriously wanted to start yelling at this moron. I actually waited outside the store for the lady to come out with her 2 new male bettas and tried to give her more accurate information, but she acted like I was the idiot because the so-called expert “must know what he’s talking about because he works there”

I tried.......
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