Ok, I just need to complain about something!! Where I go to school, I take an animal management class. A couple weeks ago I was dismayed to see my teacher bring in a fish bowl that probably holds only I gallon, some flat marbles, a rough plastic plant, and you guessed it, a betta fish.
The poor little guy has no filter or heater. Furthermore, the school is only going to be heated to 65 degrees all winter! Since the cool weather has come in, he has been just floating near the top of the tank.
His water is only changed once a week, and if this isn't bad enough, it is changed by students. Now, most of the people who take this class do love animals, but this doesn't seem to transfer over to the fish, they just don't care about them! Anyway, the way that they change his water includes netting him out of the tank, putting him into a smaller container, rinsing everything out, putting all new water in (I don't even know if they use a conditioner or even attempt to match the temperature) and putting him back in.
The plastic plant in his tank is rough, and he already has small rips in his fins from it.
I should also mention that while we learn how to take care of every other animal in the class properly, my teacher knows NOTHING AT ALL about fish. It just makes me mad that this class is supposed to set a good example about how to properly care for animals, and this bad treatment is just perpetuating all the common myths about betta fish.
I should also mention that they managed to kill a goldfish in an approx 40 gal. tank. Yes, you heard properly, they killed a GOLDFISH! That tank is going to be way overstocked when, or should I say if, these fish reach full size, and they only do water changes once per month! Believe me, I have seen them do water changes, and there is so much gunk in there that it actually turns the normally alkaline water acidic! But, they have a solution to that too........just put a bit of pH up or pH down! Kinda reminds me of a mad scientist lab. That is how they killed the goldfish, they changed the pH quite drastically one day (yes, they just randomly decide to test the water every once in a while and if the pH is off, in goes the drops!!!) and the poor little guy just couldn't handle it. Oh, and I almost forgot to mention that when they do water changes, whatever temp. water comes out of the faucet goes into the tank! So, on a chilly day when the tank is cool, they might add enough warm water to heat the tank into the 80's that is, if that faulty thermometer is actually working!
So, there you have it. The "how not to take care of fish" class, being passed off as a high school animal management class. Disgusting. I want to say something, but I really need to think of the right way to introduce it. Sometimes I have a habit of just listing the facts, which some people don't take to so well, so I am trying to figure out how to say it so that she will actually listen to me. It just makes me so mad! :mad: