Well from what I can tell, is that fish keeping is not an exact science, why? Because no two fish are the same, as well as the owner.
Therefore people have different experiences and advice on what they consider that "works", and thus their opinions on certain matter vary and sometimes is put up to debate.
There is no better way to take care of an animal, there is various ways to make fish happy and thrive, and it is all up to the owner to see what makes them that.
The advice given in this forums just helps to make a decision among many, based on the opinions given, but in the end it is your fish and you will do what you consider it is best.
I think the reason for which discussions appear is that many are very passionate about this hobby, which is good, because that means you will get great advice and tips when it comes down to it.
But I understand where you come from,tank sizes are one of the most controversial topics, however you do what you think that makes the betta happy. Cause as I just said, by the end of the day it is YOUR fish, and YOUR responsibility and if it is happy in a 1 gallon then why not?
So I think what can really help, is that with the help of the moderators (but not dependent on, however they have been very active in this forum I can assure you) we keep it friendly (control ourselves), even is someone is doing something we consider wrong, we should help them without offending them, or attacking them for doing it wrong, they are learning, and instead of scaring people away with mean comments, we should just understand that we all went through a learning process that is still ongoing. That is the beauty of fish keeping, there is always something new to learn.
It's all a matter of phrasing, though you do not agree with something you can always state your opinion, but there is a big difference between.
"That is no good, it's small, they need more than 2 gallons"
"I think a minimum 2 gallon might be better and make your fish happier because it will give it a bit more room to swim, plus wastes won't accumulate as fast"
That said, people who post a lot get a "status" like bronze, silver... but that has nothing to do with knowledge. Keep that in mind :) And people are very friendly here, I hope we did not scare you away, every member new and old is valuable, because it is what makes a community, just that.
And though we disagree sometimes, I hope you do not judge us for it. People always will disagree in certain points, it happens in life too. As I said no two people and fish are the same after all.
Last edited by asukabetta; 11-10-2012 at 04:55 AM.