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- 2 years
Ok... so my best friend was fascinated by my tanks and wanted fish. It was going great, I was helping her choose and stuff, she was going to get a 10 gallon with strong filter, no heater, and a few White Cloud Mountain minnows. She asked her mom for a tank, her mom wasn’t sure if she could handle it so on my friends b-day she got one of those horrible betta “tank” sets. They’re two 0.5 gallon filterless, heaterless, square bowls with some gravel and a plant in the middle. She had been very exited about getting fish previous to getting the “tanks”, and she said her cousin had one of these horrible setups and she thought it was cruel to keep them like that, she has anxiety and depression so that probably affected her ability to tell her mom she disagrees with the setup so she has two bettas now. She’s very new to keeping exotics as she only has two cats, and I know everyone makes mistakes when starting out, I did, my mom did, everyone did. The only thing is she got these fish in early March, and she claims she likes the setup and now her step-sister has a betta in the same conditions. Both of her poor fish show obvious signs of stress, one is always farting around and flaring, while the other is lethargic and lifeless. She also over-feeds and doesn’t do water changes. I’ve told her about the feeding and tank maintenance to try to steer her away from this and I’ve been dropping hints that this is not right and trying to get her to research and change this setup. Deep down, she knows it’s wrong, she loves animals including her two fish, but she’s convinced herself that this is ok and is avoiding research and explaining her fishs behaviour as their personalities. At first I was going to just let her discover and resolve this on her own, but it’s just getting word and as an animal lover and someone who wouldn’t keep a betta in anything less than 5 gallons, it’s getting increasingly difficult to stand by and let this happen. I think one of her fish has bloat and maybe dropsy but I haven’t seen him in person yet so I’m thinking I can get her to sign up on here for help with her betta and then she’ll realize the extent of her situation. Has anyone experienced something similar? What should I do?