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Old 11-01-2011, 01:11 AM   #1
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Kids and fish - horror stories

Baby sitting my friends two kids (3+18months) today was hard work! Until today, I had no idea how good my own two (3+11months) are with my tanks.
I came around the corner to find my friends 3yo daughter hitting my 70g with a belt buckle screaming at the top of her lungs. Got me thinking. Does anyone have any kids and tank horror stories that they wish to share?
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I bought a betta for my niece and she loved him. But one day she decided that Marilyn was hungry and dumped I believe meatloaf and mashed potatoes in there to feed him. He is completely fine, they cleaned out the tank and taught her he only eats his pellets.

Oh, and one of my friends had his sister watch his food while he was out of town and she decided instead of having to feed them everyday for a week, she would dump the whole bottle in at once on the first day. All the fish died from ammonia build up.

I could probably give more that I have heard of my friends telling me that work at petstores.
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When we were little, my best friend killed her goldy by taking it out and petting it for too long.
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I bought a betta for my niece and she loved him. But one day she decided that Marilyn was hungry and dumped I believe meatloaf and mashed potatoes in there to feed him. He is completely fine, they cleaned out the tank and taught her he only eats his pellets.

Oh, and one of my friends had his sister watch his food while he was out of town and she decided instead of having to feed them everyday for a week, she would dump the whole bottle in at once on the first day. All the fish died from ammonia build up.

I could probably give more that I have heard of my friends telling me that work at petstores.
Haha. I'm glad he made it. And my brother in law did that to my mums goldy. Poor little fella never stood a chance.
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When we were little, my best friend killed her goldy by taking it out and petting it for too long.
Lol! That sounds just like my daughter. She always asks me if she can hold the fishies. Has tried to catch them a few times with no luck, thank goodness.
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When I was a kid I had a little 20L tank with a bunch of crawfish in it. Back then I would just clean out the tank completely once a month, and that was my maintenance routine. Well, I put the crawfish in a 5g bucket and commenced to removing and rinsing the gravel and scrubbing the tank down. I finish, refill the tank, and go to get the bucket of crawfish. I left it out in the sun! Needless to say, it looked like a crawfish boil that day.
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When I was a kid I had a little 20L tank with a bunch of crawfish in it. Back then I would just clean out the tank completely once a month, and that was my maintenance routine. Well, I put the crawfish in a 5g bucket and commenced to removing and rinsing the gravel and scrubbing the tank down. I finish, refill the tank, and go to get the bucket of crawfish. I left it out in the sun! Needless to say, it looked like a crawfish boil that day.
Aww poor things lol.
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When I was a kid I had a little 20L tank with a bunch of crawfish in it. Back then I would just clean out the tank completely once a month, and that was my maintenance routine. Well, I put the crawfish in a 5g bucket and commenced to removing and rinsing the gravel and scrubbing the tank down. I finish, refill the tank, and go to get the bucket of crawfish. I left it out in the sun! Needless to say, it looked like a crawfish boil that day.
I did something similar with a big fw clam when I was young. I was changing his water, but left him in the sun.
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My 10 month old niece loves my fish and is constantly "showing" him things, which consists of her either smacking the tank with her empty hand or hitting it with whatever is in her hand.

And I have a tanks and mom story. My mom got a betta one time, one that come in the tiny vase with a plant(not humane, don't like them) she didn't think he had enough water so she filled it to the bottom of the plants cup. She drowned her fish! she then got another betta and much larger vase. A 1g and kept him happily for a few years.
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Oh, I remembered another horror story of a worker at a fish shop. Not a child, but she started when she was a child. She thought that some bettas were dyed, like blood parrots and mollies. So, whenever she would get one and they would shift colors, she would just flush them because she didn't think it was right for her to have a dyed pet. She has been doing this for years until she told me and I almost passed out. That's what she had done to other fish too- a kissing gourami, an oscar, some type of freshwater eel, etc.

I was speechless. I couldn't even yell at her.
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