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11:50 am: Carter b. 2004? - d. Feb. 20th 2006
Carter, my beta, hadn't been doing too well these past few days; staying near the bottom in one corner & only moving for food & air. It was hard to tell if he was sick or not because he usually lazed about in one place for extended peroids. I began to worry when he couldn't stay upright & had difficulty coming to the surface so when I changed the aquarium water this weekend I moved him to his own little bowl as a quarantine. Research revealed he probably had nitrite poisoning. The only treatment involves frequent water changes & other environmental adjustments. I did what I could but it was too late. Carter died sometime this morning.

I am seriously considering tearing down my tank & selling it along with my one remaining black moor as soon as possible. I am clearly not capable of taking care of pets, & as much as I joke to Lindsay about wanting one more than another pet, I probably shouldn't have a girlfriend either. The bottom line is: don't trust me with anything living. Spam I can still probably deal with.

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Current Mood: sad melancholy
Current Music: Silence. Deafening silence.


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Date:February 20th, 2006 12:05 pm (UTC)
Oh Jim, fish are difficult you shouldn't feel bad. You do tons for those fish, you're always talking about water changes, you're much more attentive than I think most fish owners are. They don't even naturally live very long do they?

Girlfriends aren't pets so you can relax on that point too.*laughing*

Spam I'd recommend avoiding. :P

Date:February 20th, 2006 12:38 pm (UTC)
Sad on the fish. Boo on your girlfriend attitude. Spam should be avoided.

Here's a good pet idea: spiders. I'm not talking about getting a tarantula or anything that costs money. Just the kind that live in your house naturally, building webs, and eating mosquitos. They make good pets. They're cheap, easy, you don't have to feed the, and they build some of the most intricate housing I've ever seen. Just a random thought...
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Date:February 20th, 2006 08:32 pm (UTC)
I may have a spider or two; there are a few webs here & there collecting dust in far corners. I don't think they last too long tho' as my house is relatively free of what they would call food.

My gf attitude is a protective one. This way no one gets hurt.
Date:February 20th, 2006 08:41 pm (UTC)
At least you have webs in corners...you know, places they should be. Unlike at my house where, somehow, someway, a spider has managed to build a very lovely web between the pulls for the overhead light/fan in my living room. That fan has not been turned off in at least eight months so I have no idea how a spider would have managed to get there in the first place, much less build a web while the wind was blowing overhead.

I could speak volumes on the girlfriend issue but I'll keep it short: 'tis better to have loved and lost than to have never loved at all. As trite as that sounds, it's true.
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Date:February 20th, 2006 09:49 pm (UTC)
As trite as that sounds, it's true.

I don't intend to be rude or sound overly negative, but whenever I hear that quote I always think of Agent K's response in Men in Black: [glare] "Try it."
Date:February 21st, 2006 06:27 am (UTC)
I'd have a response to that but it would only sound rude and bitchy so there's no point in saying it.

But it's still true.
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Date:February 20th, 2006 03:54 pm (UTC)
Aw, dude, I'm sorry. :(

To reiterate the girlfriend front, I've found they tend to take care of themselves for the most part, even IF they want you to clothe and feed and bath them all the time.


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Date:February 21st, 2006 08:09 am (UTC)
I think the key sentence in there is "I did what I could but it was too late." Most pet owners only rely on the short spiel given them by the sales associate when they buy their animal, and maybe call a friend when the pet starts manifesting visible symptoms. As Mary said, you've been more attentive than most people, and (at least as far as I can tell) have been more willing to put time into researching the care and needs of your fish.

As for a girlfriend, well, they require an entirely different kind of care and attention, though I have learned that they stop letting you bathe and feed them if you start talking about changing their water and teaching them tricks.
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