Well, I'm 19, and probably considered a member of your "bobblehead" generation.. I'd appreciate it if you didn't lump every teenager in the country into one group. We're just as diverse as your generation, if not moreso. It's hard enough to convince an adult that you're a free-thinking, intelligent human being and not some sort of drugged up zombie without more stereotypes to go around.
the above statement removes you from that gereralization :) i was talking about the ones i described "vacant stare" ment no offence to any one capable of taking offence. but then again being able to take offence removes you from that group.
Anyway, back to the fish, the topic of this thread. I still don't see how a more docile species means less cups on the shelf.. bettas will always be marketed as a fish that could live in a cup of water. People who don't do their research and don't know any better will always buy tiny "betta bowls" and continue to keep fish in conditions that are barely habitable. More fish die, new fish are needed to replace the dead ones. As long as people are purchasing fish and making stores money, there will always, always be fish crammed into poor conditions. Fish in poor conditions become either lethargic or territorial, and the cycle of an aggressive fish continues.
the simple logic of my theory is:
the fish in tanks are messed with less as they tend to be locked.
the fish stock could be kepted in a tank *large but possible*
where as fish in cups:
routinely messed with by people.
takes multiple water changes and more time.
are waay less healthy even by lfs standards.
right now 50 new bettas means 50 new cups to watch clean store etc.
where as a non agressive one *even if you need a large tank at home* with out the attack guppies and long finned fish trait could be distributed through out the tanks with other fish ie:
2 -3 in guppy tank males
2 -3 in guppy females
2 -3 in danios
2-3 in mollies
2-3 in playtie
etc. in theory already found non cup homes for 9 and that is just off of memory of local sock selection. so there is in theory a practical and useful application.
also if they don't fight and are in cups it removes inventory losses due to fight club posers bs. :)
further it means a faster moving healthier stock when being sold to the non betta afficionado. lets face it even a 10 gallon tank isn't over stocked with 4 bettas in it and it would give ALOT of visual appeal to those new to the fish keeping world.
again my opinion at least there is logic involved.
ps my oldest daugher is only 5 years younger than you :)