I’ve been pretty busy working on some fish stuff for someone and this seems as appropriate a topic for the month as any.
“A higher volume of water allows for more stable water conditions and thwarts the waste concentrations that a polluted betta bowl is subject to—it can go from livable to toxic literally overnight….Autopsied specimens that were kept in small enclosures have been found to have died from atrophied muscles and fatty degeneration of tissues…At temperatures below 70°F, bettas enter a state of minimal activity; their metabolic processes slow to a snail’s pace, and the fish limits its physical movements to only what is absolutely necessary (picture the fish just lying on the bottom until it rises for a gulp of air).”
If you know nothing about fish, some simple things to remember:
- Aquarium fish (and frogs, shrimp, etc) are tropical fish! They require heaters.
- Twenty gallons is the minimum safe tank size for someone who doesn’t know fish need heaters. Many fish will require even larger tanks.
- I don’t fucking care those things cost more than the fish do. Don’t buy the fish then.