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Old 10-07-2011, 02:32 AM   #1
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warning- rant- read at your own risk

This is a rant and I just have to put it out there. I am so sick of people saying they don't have time or can not afford something when they are asking for advice on this forum. If you don't have time to do water changes, or don't have time to do research, then you shouldn't have fish, or any pet for that matter, because taking on the responsibility of caring for a living organism requires dedication, responsibility, and time.

I get it, the economy is rough, we are all on budgets. But before you decide to set up an aquarium, make sure that you know how much it is going to cost and if you can not accommodate that then you have no business taking the lives of these animals in your hands! When I found this 29 gallon on the side of the road, I snatched it up and put it in my garage. Then I did some budgeting and research and decided I what I wanted to spend and made sure that I stayed under that budget. I got my API test kit, Prime, sand substrate, A glass hood, lights, stand, and plants all for around $200 bucks. Yes that is a lot of money for some people, but as I said, I made my budget and I stayed in it. Bottom line, if you can't afford the hobby then save your money, invest it, put it in a savings account or a mutual fund or something, and consider waiting until you can afford to do it the right way.

My final rant is grammar. Come on people, most computers now a days have spell check. It is important that you type as clearly as possible so that the people on here can understand what we are reading and be able to help you. When you don't type full words or use punctuation, it becomes very difficult to understand and it is hard for us to help you. I am not an English major, but effort is what counts here. Type out the full words, use punctuation to the best of your ability, and try to be as clear as possible.

Alright, I am done now, sorry again if I offended anyone, but I was a member of this forum years ago and it seems like people use to respect the opinions of the people on the board and since I have joined again, All I see is people bucking and arguing with any advice they get, complaining that they can't afford proper equipment, and typing in completely incoherent words and sentences.

Have a good night everyone, I hope to stick around and help as many people as possible as long as this post doesn't make any of the moderaters kick me off
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Old 10-07-2011, 02:57 AM   #2
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+1 for the spelling. English is by far not my first language, but I make an effort.

And as for not affording certain thing, you can do some diy searching. Found loads of things that cost next to nothing. All it takes are some time and thinking out of the box.
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Old 10-07-2011, 02:59 AM   #3
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I'm bad because I think people who don't use decent grammar are not very smart.

I love hearing rants!
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Old 10-07-2011, 03:00 AM   #4
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++++++1. I definitely agree and as for spelling. If your on the aa app then it comes with the correct way to spell almost everything. My best bet is laziness. I would definitely say, don't ask for advice if your gonna disagree/complain about it.
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Old 10-07-2011, 03:03 AM   #5
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I completely agree on both points. It irks me to no end that someone casually looking for a little bit of entertainment would purchase an animal - yes, a living, breathing animal - and treat it as a decoration that can be disposed of in a few months. Goldfish in bowls, bettas in vases... the companies that promote this stuff as well as some fish stores actually sicken me more than the people who rush into this hobby thinking they won't need to do any research or spend a lot of money. The companies/stores sell this stuff to people, deliberately knowing that they're promoting care ignorance at the expense of the animals' well being. It's inhuman.
There are laws out there against deliberately harming animals - why are fish any different?
People - if you're going to delve into a hobby involving chemistry, live animals, and biology, you need to do your research and be prepared to spend more than 30 bucks on a cute little betta 'kit'.


And about the grammar... yeah. H0w tHe [moderator edit] 4r W3 sUpPOseDD 2 n0 wat Ur 4sK1NG 4 H3LP aBOuT 1f y0U k33P t4Lk1Ng Li3K D1sss lolol11!11?????11?1111?\

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Old 10-07-2011, 03:21 AM   #6
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And about the grammar... yeah. H0w tHe [moderator edit] 4r W3 sUpPOseDD 2 n0 wat Ur 4sK1NG 4 H3LP aBOuT 1f y0U k33P t4Lk1Ng Li3K D1sss lolol11!11?????11?1111?\

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I can read it for the most part
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Old 10-07-2011, 03:39 AM   #7
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Your post is totally understandable.

The only argument I would add is that some people are told the completely wrong advice. For example; someone walks into Petco, sees the "Fish Specialist" that recommends an array of fish for a 20g tank, and to wait 24hrs to put them in. WHY would this person who was told by a supposed "specialist" think that they were getting lied to? I understand personal research, but I think people for the most part have had bad information, notice their fish aren't thriving and THEN search for information on the web. (just playing devil's advocate here..)


Anyways... the grammar / spelling thing is SO true. I can't stand reading someones post where it is about 6 sentences without a single period, comma or anything. It's so hard to read and give any sort of advice.
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Old 10-07-2011, 03:56 AM   #8
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Well unfortunately this happens to a lot of animals, I belong to a local animal rescue group and have rescued a lot of unwanted animals whether it be fish,dogs,guinea pigs,chinchillas,rabbits and cats! Luckily most of them I foster until I find good homes. But it's sad to see how many people there are that don't do the proper research before getting an animal and don't realize the upkeep, food, vaccinations, etc can be rather expensive!! If more people out there would do their research there would be a lot less unwanted, neglected mistreated, animals and fish!!!!
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Old 10-07-2011, 06:26 AM   #9
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I would have to agree with this thread for the most part.....but the one problem I have is that some of the people that are on this thread are young. One person that I helped the other day was complaining that they have been trying to get their parents to buy the right things for their tank but wouldn't. We have to remember this is an open blog and we attract all ages and races, not everyone is old enough or even from the U.S. so we have to work together and try and help out who we can. If a person don't want your advice just quit talking to them.
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Old 10-07-2011, 06:57 AM   #10
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Y U so angry 'bout grammar? ლ(ಠ益ಠ)ლ
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