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The "how to kill a fish" class
Old 11-12-2008, 08:39 AM   #31
 
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I am wondering now, how's the fishy doing?
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Old 11-12-2008, 02:07 PM   #32
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He's still alive...barely. I am kind of hoping that he can just die peacefully and not suffer any longer. I decided not to drop the class as it wouldn't make a difference anyway. So, I just tune it all out and do my work although I never can seem to stop myself from taking at least one peek.

In answer to your question, I'd probably get in big trouble for theft if I stole him and got found out. And, since I'm going to be looking into a big time scholarship, that's really out of the question. I think I will leave her a present when the semester ends. Maybe a sign that says "Bettas are not disposable pets, treat them RIGHT!" and then a betta care sheet below. Agghh...it's disgusting, and I can't do anything about it.
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Old 11-12-2008, 02:27 PM   #33
 
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Saying can't never got ya anywhere. Who cares if they think you're crazy? Talk to anyone who will listen about it in my opinion.
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Old 11-13-2008, 01:43 PM   #34
 
if i were you... I would just straight out tell her. I don't care what they think bout me... I tell me friends (who knows far more about animal caretaking cuz she has 4 dogs... but she never had a fish so I told her how to take care of it) how to take care of it. I even had a presentation where we were suppose to talk bout ourselves but ended up talking bout the proper way of taking care of bettas.

If you are takin the class and nervous you would be black-listed by the teacher, just offer to take care of the fish, and then later along the road, just tell your teacher that you were researching (that'll make them happy) on how to properly take care of a fish and suggest that you would like to try it on the betta. Then tell him/her that this is what the best idea would be to keep a betta alive. Remember, bettas can SURVIVE in a small environment, but that doesn't necessarily mean they are THRIVING in it. Tell your teacher that the bigger environment for the betta would make his fin more colorful and beautiful!

g'luck!

PS> if you're still irked, just tell it to them straight. We got your back!!!
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Old 11-13-2008, 01:46 PM   #35
 
lol... nice of you to think about what your actions will lead to... I don't think, I just act. I would've straight out told her she is doin it wrong.
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Old 11-13-2008, 02:13 PM   #36
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lol... nice of you to think about what your actions will lead to... I don't think, I just act. I would've straight out told her she is doin it wrong.
I did! I told her a long time ago that bettas need a heater, a larger tank, and that if she got a larger tank she could get a small filter to make life easier. I also told her straight that he was going to die if he didn't get any heat. I even offered to adopt him from her so that she would not have to pay for it! SHE JUST DIDN'T LISTEN!!! She also knows that I am quite knowledgeable about fish, and still she doesn't heed my advice. It was only upon the verge of starting an all out war with her that I forced myself to make priorities. I mean, I'm just not going to get any support fighting for betta rights, and the only thing that I would accomplish is ruining my own record.

Here's the unbelievable thing that happened today. After I helped the girl who changes his water (at least he gets floated to acclimate to the temperature when I'm around) they tried to feed him. He has not been eating anything but the occasional freeze-dried bloodworm for about a month now. I should also tell you that it is getting really cold now, and his color is fading even worse on his fins and his face is completely gray. So what do I hear the teacher saying "Try feeding him a bloodworm, he is so spoiled that he doesn't seem to be eating his pellets anymore." Then the teacher and some students start talking about how spoiled he is and how fish can be spoiled! WHAT!!!!!!! SHE KNEW THAT HE WAS ON THE VERGE OF DYING LAST WEEK, HOW IS HE NOW SPOILED!? The betta is not eating because he is in such bad condition! My betta is a spoiled fish. 5.5 gallons to himself, a heater, filter, nice silk plants, social interaction with me every day, and a complete diet of frozen bloodworms, betta flakes, brine shrimp, and occasionally some tropical fish flakes. Soon I will be picking up some frozen daphnia as well. That is a spoiled fish, not a half dead betta in a freezing bowl. Did she forget everything I told her? Is she BLIND!? I can't even believe that anyone so stupid could be a teacher. Well, enough of my ranting but that just totally caught me off guard.
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Old 11-13-2008, 05:35 PM   #37
 
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I'm so sorry Kim. :(
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Old 11-14-2008, 08:11 AM   #38
 
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When the betta dies, go right up to her desk and be like HAH I told you sooooo I told you hahahahahaha I told youuuuu *insert a little jigg here*!!!!! And then she will probably feel like a complete moron. How do the other students feel about the betta? Is it possible you could get a petition going or something? I'm sure if she see's the ammount of signatures that say she has no clue how to take care of a fish then she may heed your warnings?
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Old 11-14-2008, 01:49 PM   #39
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The other students don't see anything wrong despite my complaining. They also don't care two bits about fish which is really sad for an animal management class. Oh yes, she will be getting an "I told you so" from me! I hate that teacher!
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Old 11-15-2008, 05:10 PM   #40
 
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Personally, I never really saw fish as interesting pets until I saw fish that were well cared for. When they aren't, they're just plain boring. Get a proper tank and a nice aquascape going on with active, healthy fish, and you have something that I think just about anyone could appreciate. It may be hard for your classmates to sympathize because they've never seen a betta that's better off so they really have no reference point like you do. That's why I suggested the slide show of great looking tanks or setting up your own betta habitat. But, I guess some people are just too stubborn to care. Have you considered taking the matter above your teacher's head, like to the department head?
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