Join Date: Oct 2010
Location: New England, USA
There are a lot of mis-informed, well-meaning people out there who harbor misconceptions about bettas (and other pets). Part of that is because of how bettas are unscrupulously marketed. Part of it is 'old' science - people learned years ago about about fish-keeping... but haven't kept up with it.
Consider yourselves goodwill ambassadors for creatures who can't speak for themselves - and politely educate those you come in contact with.
Oddly enough, some of the most irritating of the 'uneducated' are relatives, because family dynamics get in the way at times. Lead by example; when your fish thrive, those around you will take notice - although they might not be able to admitt that they were wrong, they may begin to enjoy what you are doing.
That's a start. :)
20H: 2 Cory Catfish, One very mellow Cambodian female Betta, Two Golden Veil Angelfish (male and female)