Over the Spring and Summer I asked permission of my apartment complex for fish. I had a ten gallon tank and a half dozen fish and all was good. I planned on taking care of them until they died.
Fast forward six months, and my apartment decides to crack down on pets of all kinds, charging 400 dollars for violations. So I have to get rid of my fish. I have literally begged everyone I know to take them (and I'm offering a free tank, filter, gravel, decorations, automatic fish feed, water conditioner, net and food-- EVERYTHING you would ever need) for free and even people who can take them (they live in a house, etc) can't.
I'm now offering them on Craigslist for free, but what if no one wants them? I'm having to face the possibility that I'm going to have to kill these fish who've kept me company. Call me over-dramatic, but I work with animals every day, I love animals and I'm a total softy. I've called local fish stores and pet stores and they won't take them, even though the six I have are in good health.
Are there any other options left that I haven't exhausted yet? It'll be a crappy few weeks for me if I have to kill them.
This may be a long shot, but if you offer to set everything up for them, maybe a veterinarian in the area might take it for a display in their waiting room. My vet has one. Or maybe a doctor's office, dentist, etc.
Hah, I was debating putting the fish in bags (with water of course!) for a few hours while they check the apartment in our monthly cleaning check, and then just saying the tank was decoration, but there's too many risks.
I called all the ones I could find and they all declined. I'm literally giving this away and no one wants them. I live in Utah County in Utah, and I've offered to drive anywhere in Utah County to drop them off if needed.
Hmm. I didn't think of that! I'll have to make some more phone calls to places with tanks.
I really will probably not even be able to kill the fish if it comes down to it. I can't afford a 400 $ fine---every month. It's recurring. I could potentially hide them during cleaning checks, but I've got his paranoia that they'll search my shoebox room and find them and charge me anyway.
Hi Shanna I do not know you and I do not want to sound presumptuous but I was so upset reading this thread yesterday that I had to ask "Why is she even living there?" I can understand if they do not want you to have a pair of Presa Canarios but a fish tank? That is the most ridiculous thing I have heard of. If you are on a lease and cant move I apologize, but if the owners actually lied to you and told you it was okay, and then will not even allow something so gentle as a fish tank, I really think you need to find another place to live. If someone tried to tell me I could not keep my dog I would move.
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