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Guppies as Wedding Centerpieces?
Old 04-02-2012, 08:05 PM   #21
 
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I was trying to stay away from this one, but here I am. 1st I must wish you all the best on your wedding day wickedrodent, and nothing but smooth sailing from then on. However after a quick wrestle with my concious I must stand shoulder-to-shoulder with 1077 on this issue.
BTW 1077 I think it's a great IDEA, however the practice may well go sour on the day. I have seen a similar thing done in a bar (when I was a young man) and it was an horrific experience for me. Fish dying left, right and center while I try and have a good time. I left quickly and ultimately the bar lost money!

You are both welcome to "hang me" for my opinion Hanky and sumthingfishy89, but I belive wickedrodent would prefer to be sitting on a tropical beach (or where ever the honyetmoon is) thinking "shouldn't we go back to the hotel room" for that "honeymoon experience" (it doesn't last forever!!). Rather than, did I do the right thing? Are those fish dead? What have I done?....I believe that's why you're asking the questions that you are wickedrodent. And in my experience (I'm well past marrying age, so wiser...LOL) it is better to be safe than sorry.

Still they are captive bred fish, they are pretty, I feed them to my saratoga and clownknife BUT seeing dying fish would ruin a wedding for me and I suspect that will happen.

What ever you decide, bust of luck on the day, best of weather and have a great honeymoon.
Heck no I wont "hang" anyone for expressing their opinion. thats what the OP asked for. we are all entitled to voice our own opinions, thats what makes for a grerat forum. I think if done properlly with enough thought it can be done successfully, Dont count out intoxicated adults doing harm to the fish either.
At the bottom of this page is a list of similar posts, check through them, the one with a bunch of question marks has some pictures of Blown Glass Fish that would be real nice to use too. I believe its this one Betta fish centerpieces??.
In the end its up to you and future husband do what will make you both comfortable and happy.
Personally I would love to take home a Betta and give it a good home. So if you want my address for an invitation just PM me, lololol
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Old 04-03-2012, 04:12 AM   #22
 
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Heck no I wont "hang" anyone for expressing their opinion. thats what the OP asked for. we are all entitled to voice our own opinions, thats what makes for a grerat forum. I think if done properlly with enough thought it can be done successfully, Dont count out intoxicated adults doing harm to the fish either.
At the bottom of this page is a list of similar posts, check through them, the one with a bunch of question marks has some pictures of Blown Glass Fish that would be real nice to use too. I believe its this one Betta fish centerpieces??.
In the end its up to you and future husband do what will make you both comfortable and happy.
Personally I would love to take home a Betta and give it a good home. So if you want my address for an invitation just PM me, lololol

Perhaps it's Aussie humour (or common expression....we don't mean "hang"...we don't have the death penalty), please don't take me so seriously mate. As I said, I feed guppies (the ugly ones...I know ugly fish have rights too, but they just don't sell) to my bigger fish. I'd love to get an invite to the wedding, sounds like, not only would I get a good feed, but so would my saratoga and clown knife!!!!

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Old 04-03-2012, 04:59 AM   #23
 
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I wondered how long it would take for this poor idea (in my view),to migrate from Guppies, to Betta's.
And so it goes...
I fully believe that if Betta's were sold in tiny fist sized globes of water, with a chain attached,,that you would see hundred's ,perhaps thousand's of folks, wearing them around their neck's,dangling from purse strap's, or rear view mirror's etc,etc.
Self professed animal lover or not,,tropical fish are just that, and need heated, filtered envionment's.
Anything less is akin to cruelty.IMHO
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Old 04-03-2012, 07:11 AM   #24
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Honestly, I would not do it.

I agree with a lot of what has been said about children and possibly adults doing harm to the fish. Personally, it just seems like a lot of extra work to try and supervise everyone and it doesn't sound like those who would have to watch the children every second of the wedding would have much fun either.

As for the bettas, going through all of the work to establish a female community tank (which is not as easy as it sounds) would likely be pointless if you were going to separate them for the wedding. With all the stress of the situation and the possibility that a few of the fish might find new homes, the pecking order would likely need to be established all over again after the ceremony. In my opinion, the last thing I would want to be worrying about on my honeymoon is if my sorority tankmates are beating the crap out of each other while I am away.

At the risk of being redundant, I will only say that cycled water holds very little beneficial bacteria- this would not take care of the ammonia in the bowls by itself. I think others have already covered my concerns about the bowl environment. Also, just wanted to add that unless these tanks are completely sealed (which would obviously be bad because there could be no oxygen exchange) there is always the risk of one being accidentally spilled.

As for my advice, I really like the idea of a whole tank being used as a decoration. I know if I were a guest I would be horrified at seeing fish in precarious bowls but I would really enjoy seeing a nice tank setup. Plus, it could be a present for you!

Anyway, that's just my two cents. I of course realize that you are trying to do this in a humane way and that you do obviously care about the fish, I just wanted to point out some potentials for disaster that you may not have thought about. Congrats on your wedding by the way!
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Old 04-12-2012, 09:41 PM   #25
 
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I wondered how long it would take for this poor idea (in my view),to migrate from Guppies, to Betta's.
And so it goes...
I fully believe that if Betta's were sold in tiny fist sized globes of water, with a chain attached,,that you would see hundred's ,perhaps thousand's of folks, wearing them around their neck's,dangling from purse strap's, or rear view mirror's etc,etc.
Self professed animal lover or not,,tropical fish are just that, and need heated, filtered envionment's.
Anything less is akin to cruelty.IMHO

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Old 04-14-2012, 12:13 PM   #26
 
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If you are really set on having fish at your wedding, maybe you could have them on the head table only. Less fish, less stressed fish, less stressed you at the end of the night because there would be fewer tanks to deal with. AND no worrying about the kids playing with them.

For the other centerpieces, I've seen some really pretty blown glass fish with a "bubble" to keep them suspended in the water. I'm not sure where you would find something like that but the effect could be really striking!
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Old 04-17-2012, 08:32 AM   #27
 
my future wife wanted to do what you where doing but with gold fish we figured if they can survive being in a bowl at the fair they should survive the wedding we decided not to just because we didnt think people would take them home but if you feel they would then go for it i no i would like to take a fish home best of luck to you
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Old 04-19-2012, 07:46 AM   #28
 
One of my best friends did pairs of goldfish in bowls as her centrepeices for her reception only. They were removed before the partying started (ie: before people were drunk), it was gorgeous and all of the fish are still alive in a large tank over a year later - not one died. It can be done!!! I'll grab some pictures shortly to post for you...
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Old 04-19-2012, 11:16 PM   #29
 
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I think having guppies as a centerpiece is a really awesome idea, just it would be a big trouble to keep them safe. Guessing that probably everyone that will be there won't be fish experts, they will probably all die. Then again, guppies are short lived, compared to other fish. Still, I'm not sure you would be completely at ease with their death in the future... or maybe it's just me. I treat my fish like people, and even have a little graveyard for them...
Plus, it would also be pretty bad if some of them died during the wedding. I don't think I would be psyched getting a dead fish in a bowl from someone's wedding. Sure, there might be extras, but... you never know. And what if some of the fish got pregnant? I doubt some people know how to handle a pregnant guppy, easy as it may be.
Although I do think that this is a wonderful idea, there just a few too many complications in this maneuver... so if you decide to go with it, make sure you've got everything covered.

Just my two cents.

PS: Have a great wedding! I hope you two live happily ever after! LOL.
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Old 04-19-2012, 11:21 PM   #30
 
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Oh and one more thing. Some people hate fish. For example, when my sister sees my mbunas, she just gets all squirmy. (Being her little brother, I don't mind ) But yeah, if some people don't want guppies as a gift, well, that would suck. I think it would be a better idea if you just didn't give them away. Keep them all in a nice tank and watch them swim around.
Also, it might look better if you gave everyone male guppies. They are the more showy ones, and it would be pretty cool. I'm not sure if all male guppies chase each other or something, but it would be also kind of weird if your friend gets a bright sparkling fish and you get a drab oversized fish.

Just my other two cents (so I guess that makes four)
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