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Re: fish in a fruit jar -- worse off than fish talk on a plant list

Walt Wilson said, in part:

> . . .As long as the water is maintained in
> good quality and the temperature is kept in range and
> stable, then the size of the container is not as
> important for the fish in the labrinth family . . . They
> have a primitive lung that
> allows them to breathe from the atmosphere providing them
> with the oxygen they need in these small glass containers
> they are often displayed in. I do not approve of the
> practice in any way, but it does not do direct harm to
> them if it is not carried out for long periods of time,
> as in many days or weeks.

Last time I asked one of these fish if they found the
cramped quarters uncomfortable, it steadfastly refused to
answer ;-)   I don't know if it was pouting or just
refusing to give in to my anthropomorphism.

> . . . Last time I looked, this was
> still the Aquatic Plants listing. Although I imagine m!
>  ost of us do have fish in our plant tanks, there are
> other forums dedicated to fish only topics where this
> discussion would have been much better suited.

It's rare that all posts will be interesting to all
readers.  Most of us scan the titles and text, skip the
unintersting ones.  This list rarely gets too far afield
but ocassionally some of us stroll the side paths.  

As for bettas, I wonder still if it's a decent thing to do
to put one in a very small bowl with a plant to absorb the
wastes.  I think the plant is pretty much just an aesthetic
touch; water changes are very easy in containers of less
than a quart.  But without the plant, the fish in a small
bowl seems more like stored bait than a tropical showcase.

Personally, if the fish can't move, what's the diff between
seeing that and a plastic fish -- I mean besides the
maintenance routines?

Scott H.

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