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post #32 of 48 Old 05-05-2012, 07:40 PM Thread Starter
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... Was there a reason you bumped it?
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post #34 of 48 Old 05-06-2012, 12:34 PM Thread Starter
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To clear things up, I will be using bettas and goldfish.

11 bettas. 11 goldfish. Each will be in a different bowls, obviously.

I already have seven bettas. I'm getting them slowly but I plan to have them all around a month before the wedding in order to make sure they're all healthy.

I'm starting to get the goldfish as well. I only have one currently. I got two the other day and had one pass away fairly quickly. Very sad.

I already have homes lined up for all the goldfish and half the bettas - if I choose not to keep them. We're going to be building a turtle pond at some point so I may keep some of the goldfish for the pond. Not 100% sure. Either way, they will be in good homes.

As far as the wedding housing goes, we go the bowls and are testing some arrangements. We're planning on covering the bowls with a flat surface and putting some flowers on top. The bowl is scalloped, so there would still be airflow inside. I'll try and get a picture later on to show what I mean... It's kind of hard to visualize.
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post #35 of 48 Old 05-06-2012, 12:48 PM
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I am sorry to say it but the stress you are going to put these fish through is going to be immense and a terrible experience for them.

This is NOT a good idea at all, the likely hood of you having fish die or be injured is very high and I would really urge you to reconsider this idea.
Not only are you wasting money on buying all the fish, but you cannot keep goldfish in your pond with turtles at the end of the day, otherwise the turtles will have a field day eating them.

Alcohol is lethal to fish and all it takes is one drink being spilt into their bowls and you have dead fish..what happens if kids try and get them out, it will stress the fish to the point of death.

Fish are living creatures and what you are basically doing to them is condemning them to death by using them as centerpieces.

Please reconsider this idea.

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post #36 of 48 Old 05-06-2012, 01:13 PM Thread Starter
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1) I don't consider buying the fish "a waste". The seven bettas that I currently have are beautiful and enjoyable. My coworker is looking forward to taking the fish that I give her.

2) I realize that the goldfish will potentially end up as food for the turtle. We've had fish in with our turtle before. He is quite lazy and as long as he is well fed he tends to leave them alone for the most part. If he eats them, he eats them. Most people with turtles buy fish as feeders at some point.

3) Covering them will eliminate the risk of anything getting spilled into the bowls accidentally. Not to be rude - but you know nothing about my wedding. Do you know that we'll have alcohol or children there? No. You do not know the people that will be there. At this point we are not planning on having alcohol and we will have very few children.

Our reception is only 4 hours. I have kept mine in the betta cups longer than that for full tank cleanings. The temperature will be stable and I have two friends whose sole purpose during the reception will be to keep an eye on them and move them if they look distressed.

I had completely given up on this thread due to the unhelpful and critical responses. I would not even be posting in it except for the fact that it was recently bumped.

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post #37 of 48 Old 05-06-2012, 01:21 PM
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Betta, Guppy and Goldfish should NEVER be used for such a thing. It's pointless, wasteful and just a bad idea. DO NOT DO IT. It at very least fish abuse. Just buy some nice flowers and call it a day. No one will care if a fish is on there table.

It may seem like a cool idea, but it's really just a foolish one. No disrespect intended, but rethink this bad idea.
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post #38 of 48 Old 05-06-2012, 01:33 PM
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Having read the thread and it is my first time commenting on, I can ask that you respect the opinions of our members.

You came on here asking for opinions and that is what our members have contributed. There are many variables which make having fish as your centerpiece wrong as pointed out in the comments.

They are critical and yet opinions in response to your original post. It is not aimed at causing you stress / personal attack. It is opinions to the questions asked.

The simple noise from the microphone (if used) during speeches or music playing for your first dance would potentially be enough to stress the fish to death and in a small enclosed space this noise will be greatly amplified.

I am not saying wholeheartedly that it cannot work but very serious consideration needs to be taken into account to make sure any eventuality is taken / thought out. What for example would you do should a bowl be accidentally cracked?

Bettas for example cannot be kept together in a bowl as they would fight to death...there is no oxygen exchange taking place if the bowl is covered with no airstone, thus the fish is slowly suffocating..(goldfish in particular).

The added heat from x amount of people may be enough to heat the water to a point it becomes too much for the fish..a stressed fish makes it prone to disease and ultimately death. As long as you can provide care for these fish the minute you buy them up to the point of them going to new owners, then it could work.
If you friend is unable to take them, do you have enough room to keep all the Bettas, what would happen if you cannot complete the pond? Buying a fish on the pretense of using it as a feeder as you cannot take proper care is not the way to look at this hobby. It is the same for caring for a fish as it is a baby, neither can speak but both need care and an environment beneficial to long term survival.

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post #39 of 48 Old 05-06-2012, 01:35 PM Thread Starter
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If you have helpful advice to offer, or some pictures/ideas from your own wedding - great, I'd love to hear them.

At this point, I am done listening to people criticize it without even reading what I have written. There is no more risk to the fish than when they are being taken out of their tanks for cleaning. I have addressed the concerns that people have given and have found solutions to them. It's a short, non-traditional reception that will not put the fish in danger. They will be supervised at all times and they will be going to good homes after the reception.

In short - if you don't have something nice to say, better not say anything at all. Unless, of course, it's actually helpful information.


ETA after seeing the most recent reply:

I have taken the problems into account before continuing with the plan. I have accounted for all potential problems and are ready for them. I plan to have back up containers ready in case anything happens to the bowls. As I already said, the bowls will be covered, but as they have a scalloped lip, there will still be airflow.

At this point, I do not feel that any helpful advice is being given - which was what caused me to stop replying in the first place. If a mod wants to lock this thread - great. I don't see the point in keeping it open any longer.

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post #40 of 48 Old 05-06-2012, 02:03 PM
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If you are intent on doing this, which I think you are then I wish you the best of luck and would like to see pictures once it is done.

Bare in mind as already mentioned, a 29g pale is going to be nearly impossible to lift and not have it bend with the sheer weight of it. I cannot even move my 29g tank an inch to get a piece of my background which is stuck underneath it.

As mentioned already, our members have offered their opinions which of course they are entitled to do. If you had already made up your mind to do this and cannot except the answers / opinions provided then I kindly ask you not to post questions and be critical of the answers given.

I respect your opinion and am very impressed that you have taken the time to consider every possible scenario. I really hope this works out for you. This will be my last comment on this thread.

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75g Saltwater Reef, Ocellaris Clownfish, Lyretail Antias (baby), Lemon damsel, Longtail Fairy Wrasse, purple dottyback, snails, crabs and a few LPS corals.

220g Still sitting empty (come on Lottery I need the numbers to come up!)
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