what will the weather be like in your area? Can you keep all the bowls warm enough the whole time?
It's August in Texas, so they would definitely be warm enough. It is an inside venue, so it should stay the perfect temp.
fishy goings on - I appreciate all your input. I *love* input when it's in a helpful but not condescending manner. Like I've said - I am not a bride who doesn't think ahead or give thought to the matter. If I was - I wouldn't be here looking for advise.
Let me try and answer some of the potential problems that were brought up in order to try and stick with the idea in the best possible way.
OP came seeking opinions and that's what I offered. |
It is not unique, and has been done hundred's of times at wedding's,carnivals,etc,
More fish die than survive.
Fishes are under considerable stress, from being handled ,moved, as well as small volume of water and rising ammonia level's, which all fish produce through respiration.
Leave the fishes at fish store for those willing to provide proper care from the outset (ie) cycled ,heated tanks, rather than subject them to stress as some sort of novelty.
I gather more fish die than survive because most brides/carnivals do not take steps to ensure survival. I'm sure they plop them in regular tap water, for one thing. Second, at carnivals they are exposed to the elements for huge periods of time. At weddings, brides often stick them in with lighted candle.
The fish would be in a vase larger than most "tanks" that these "responsible people" use when they buy them from the petstores. To be completely honest, I think you're forgetting that most people buy them from petstores spur of the moment, stick them in a tiny bowl with tap water, etc, as amusement for their kids. I, at least, am trying to through the scenarios in order to find a way to have the centerpiece that I would like while ALSO looking out for the welfare of the fish in question.
I do not believe there is any possible way to keep the fish comfortable, secure and safe in that situation. I don't think being cruel to animals of any kind is a unique idea. I hate that idea. At one event where they had fish for a centerpiece kids took great pleasure in torturing the poor things all night. Some poured Coca Cola in the water. Others spun them around at rapid speeds or shook the water, other dipped them out and let them flop around.
I am going to base my reply on the examples you offered. Feel free to offer up other problem scenarios if this doesn't answer the question.
We are having a total of 7 "children" under the ages of 10 at the wedding. An 8-9 year old, (2)6-7 year olds, (2) 4 year olds, a 1 year old, and a newborn. The two younger kids would not be able to reach the fish. Knowing the parents of the (2) four year olds, they would not let the child harm the fish. The 6-7 year olds I do not see a problem with, either. The only one that would pose a potential problem is the bratty 8-9 year old but I have an uncle that is sitting with him that I could easily put on fish-duty.
It's a small, short wedding. From set up to take down the fish should only be in the bowls for a max of 5 hours. The sister of one of my bridesmaids is a massive animal lover like me and *if* I were to do this, I would ask her to be in charge of getting them into the vases and watching them throughout the course of the reception.
As far as stress for transport - I would transport them in the 29 gallon bin from my house to the wedding. They'd get placed in the bowls right before the ceremony starts and then put back into their regular tank right after it was over. I can't imagine them undergoing any less stress being shipped to the petstores.
As far as the new homes go - I would *not* give them to anyone who was like "omg - how cute. Let me take it home!" at the wedding. I am letting people know ahead of time about the fish so that *if* they want, they can set up and cycle a tank to get it ready FIRST.
Feel free to hit me with additional concerns. Like I said - I would *like* to make this work if possible, but I am also trying to be smart about this. As a vegetarian and animal lover, I'm the last person to be "cruel to animals".