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post #1 of 5 (permalink) Old 02-06-2012, 04:48 PM Thread Starter
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Unhappy When it rains, it pours

Don't know if any of you have had fish as pets. I've started the fish keeping hobby back in October.

So, three days ago, I ended up buying a 5 gallon tank for my betta and one of my platys (Dusk) because the other fish were picking on Dusk and Flash did not like his 3 gallon home. Costed me $62. Included decorations, the 5 gallon starter kit and gravel.

Yesterday, Dusk developed a fungal infection, refuses to eat. I also broke my gravel vac on my 10 gallon tank. The substrate was too big and a rock got stuck and cracked the gravel vac. So, I needed a gravel vac and gravel. Then to find out that I needed another tank to put the baby fish since changing the gravel would kill them due to chemistry issues (cycling, if you're into it). So, I had to buy some fake plants, a gallon tank, a heater. I figured, why not: some caves for the 5 gallon and 10 gallon tank. Spent $120.

Today, Flash, my betta, develops ick (a parasite). So, I had to go get aquarium salt, an adjustable heater and medication for him. Costed me $68. Get home from getting my taxes done. Dusk is on the verge of death. I revive him. He dies a half hour later.

And all of this had to go on the credit card I swear I would never use again. Why? I quit my job in December and my husband has been out of work for 2 weeks due to a back injury. But, I'm dealing with living breathing feeling beings. I spare no expense for them.

So, when it rains, it pours. When it pours, it pours on me. Just feel bad about loosing Dusk. I liked him. I hope Flash recovers. My baby fish are doing great and the 10 gallon tank is doing awesome.
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post #2 of 5 (permalink) Old 02-06-2012, 05:15 PM
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so sorry, i have had fish on and off all my life, and I know how you can get attached to them! Hopefully Flash will be okay, you are a great fish mommy! I recently started up my 10 gallon tank again with a male betta, and yesterday i went out and got a divider and a female betta. I know how quickly the costs add up, even for smaller tanks. I also have a 30 gallon that I plan on setting up in the near future, but I have to wait till I have some extra cash, It is an addicting hobby!!
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I'm sorry that you lost Dusk and so hope that Flash gets better soon.

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I'm sorry Beth! I hope Flash perks up for you soon!
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post #5 of 5 (permalink) Old 02-06-2012, 07:29 PM Thread Starter
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Flash is starting to perk up a bit. He refused breakfast this morning, which freaks me out as food driven as he is. Just fed him some mysis shrimp. He's eating now. Good thing. He's a survivor. He's had fin rot and has been poisoned (on accident-nitrite poisoning). He's a tough bugger. But after loosing Dusk, I guess I am a bit freaked out about loosing him. He's my first fish and the whole reason I have 3 tanks going right now.
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