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One of the guys in the Biology department has been doing a project regarding whether color affects the aggression response in bettas.  He has four bettas currently in a (school provided) tank.  Today he must have finished with the project and the fish were offered to me.   :-[ I won't be home over the summer and its already quite the chore to find fishsitters for my current fish.  If I was going to be around I would take them in an instant - I could probably borrow the tank they're in now for long enough to get one set up in my dorm... much to the irritation of the rm I'm sure.  The kid doesn't want them, but he's going to take them because there's nobody else to keep them over the summer... I cringe to think about the neglect they may be subjected to (or maybe not... I've been doing my best to inform him, and he is a Bio guy).  Oh how I wish I had a place for them!  I'm probably going to offer to take them if he keeps them healthy over the summer. They seem healthy at the moment, at least, and I'm hoping that he keeps them in at least the same size tank they're in now.

If anyone has any brilliant ideas, let me know. I'll at least leave him a note directing him to this site.
 

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emilai333 said:
One of the guys in the Biology department has been doing a project regarding whether color affects the aggression response in bettas. He has four bettas currently in a (school provided) tank. Today he must have finished with the project and the fish were offered to me. :-[ I won't be home over the summer and its already quite the chore to find fishsitters for my current fish. If I was going to be around I would take them in an instant - I could probably borrow the tank they're in now for long enough to get one set up in my dorm... much to the irritation of the rm I'm sure. The kid doesn't want them, but he's going to take them because there's nobody else to keep them over the summer... I cringe to think about the neglect they may be subjected to (or maybe not... I've been doing my best to inform him, and he is a Bio guy). Oh how I wish I had a place for them! I'm probably going to offer to take them if he keeps them healthy over the summer. They seem healthy at the moment, at least, and I'm hoping that he keeps them in at least the same size tank they're in now.

If anyone has any brilliant ideas, let me know. I'll at least leave him a note directing him to this site.
If the Bio guy would take care of them, they'll probably be in good shape, as I'd hope he'd appreciate the little lives of the Bettas and by the end of the summer you may not find him wanting to give them up if the Betta Bug & MTS get him. Then you'll just have to have the fishsitters for your current fish to think about and can arrange a good setup after the summer. We'd feel the same as you - is transporting them to your summer location an option?
 

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Maybe someone here would take them? I already have 6 fish so much as I'd like to I can't but maybe someone here would have space for one. It would be sad to see them just used for a school project and then neglected. The should be with someone who will love them, not just tolerate them because he can't get rid of them.
 

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Phloxface said:
Maybe someone here would take them? I already have 6 fish so much as I'd like to I can't but maybe someone here would have space for one. It would be sad to see them just used for a school project and then neglected. The should be with someone who will love them, not just tolerate them because he can't get rid of them.
That's a good idea, maybe you could get pics to post in a new thread asking who'd give them a good home? We would take them in, but are out of tanks until we get money for more so we couldn't even house them until we found loving homes here for each one.
 
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Unfortunately, transporting my fish - even just one of my fish - to my summer location is unrealistic. It would be far too stressful on the fish. I will be traveling from Iowa to Alaska, and while in Alaska living most of my time in a primitive campsite. I'll have a trailer to sleep in but I don't think I'll have regular access to electricity, and I'll be commuting 2 and a half hours to a bunkhouse on a regular basis. I would absolutely LOVE to take at least one of my fish - but for the good of the fish I can't do it. It would be a miracle if the fish didn't die. I'll try to get pictures of the guys in the bio lab to see if anyone would take them in. I'm hoping that the guy who was doing the project will take good care of them, but I don't think he really wants the responsibility and I know that when people don't really want a responsibility, they tend to slack off on it. Its not like I think he'll throw them all into a cup and let them kill each other, or like he'll stop feeding them... but I'm guessing he won't buy a heater or a filter, and he probably thinks I'm crazy for telling him that they need at least 3 gallons EACH (the pet store sells these neat little tiny containers for them, see!?) so they won't have high quality life like all bettas are entitled to.
 

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emilai333 said:
Unfortunately, transporting my fish - even just one of my fish - to my summer location is unrealistic. It would be far too stressful on the fish. I will be traveling from Iowa to Alaska, and while in Alaska living most of my time in a primitive campsite. I'll have a trailer to sleep in but I don't think I'll have regular access to electricity, and I'll be commuting 2 and a half hours to a bunkhouse on a regular basis. I would absolutely LOVE to take at least one of my fish - but for the good of the fish I can't do it. It would be a miracle if the fish didn't die. I'll try to get pictures of the guys in the bio lab to see if anyone would take them in. I'm hoping that the guy who was doing the project will take good care of them, but I don't think he really wants the responsibility and I know that when people don't really want a responsibility, they tend to slack off on it. Its not like I think he'll throw them all into a cup and let them kill each other, or like he'll stop feeding them... but I'm guessing he won't buy a heater or a filter, and he probably thinks I'm crazy for telling him that they need at least 3 gallons EACH (the pet store sells these neat little tiny containers for them, see!?) so they won't have high quality life like all bettas are entitled to.
Yea, I see what you mean.. I wish we were close enough to take them in, but Betta lovers from all over are on here & maybe someone will read it & take them in. If there was a good LFS there, I'd say he could take them in for adoption. I hope it goes well for the little guys, at least they have a Betta lover trying to get them a good life. Glad to see people who care for these wonderful pets.
 

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