I thought that it would be neat to have a little betta (or something else!) that could hang out on my desk. I don’t want fish at home (no room, many cats :yes: ) but my desk is a relatively safe place, and it’d be nice to take a break from the the computer to watch the little guy swim around. I asked my boss if this was allowed, and she’s looking into it for me.
I have never owned a fish. At first I was super excited about it: small fish, small tank, low maintenance, yay fishies!!! Then I searched for other threads on bettas, and saw words like filters and heaters and bubble machines and sick fish and room temperature and I panicked. Awful idea, why do I want fish?!
Now that the panic has subsided, help me think this through logically. Maintenance is ok, in the sense that I don’t mind it. I can rinse, fill, scrub, whatever else I am educated to do. What I am concerned about is the possible disruption or mess at work. Am I going to have to take a cartload of crap to the bathroom every day and spread all this stuff out and make a commotion and just be an inconvenience? Or are there aquariums setups that are affordable that I can pretty much “set it and forget it”? What about the weekends? Are they ok with being in solitude for 2 days at a time? What about at night when the lights are out? I know that’s such a dumb question because if the fish were at my house I would still turn the lights out. I’m just nervous, this sounds like a lot of fun but I don’t know what I’m doing and I want to do this correctly.
If you all tell me it’s not a good idea, then I won’t do it. But if it’s nobigdeal, then I would really like to pursue it! What do you fishy COTHers think?