Join Date: Feb 2012
Location: Hickory, NC (USA)
Why is there so much misinformation on Bettas?
Seriously I was at Petco and Petsmart and both had horrible literature and products for these fish. Petco had a Betta Triangle that probably wouldn't even hold a quart of water. On the back it said Bettas were used to living in small pockets of water. It went on basically to say that clean aerated water wasn't a big deal for these fish because they have the ability to breathe at the surface. At Petsmart they had a care guide that said that a quart of water would be acceptable housing. It only recommended weekly water changes for any bowl. Granted the information at Petsmart was somewhat better than at Petco, but still could lead someone into providing inadequate conditions for their fish. This is just so frustrating to see these things now. I don't really blame the consumer as some people do not know to not trust these big name companies. You would think that they would take responsibility for holding the trust of so many consumers and provide correct and accurate information.
I know they are in it for the money, but if they would educate consumers that were in their stores they could make more money by selling proper setups. I know if I wouldn't have done my research I would probably have been on my 3rd or 4th fish by now. Which would have netted the store $10 dollars for that tank they initially sold me, 5 dollars for some rocks, and about $16 in fish. Now with my proper set up of two 10 gallon tanks, water treatments, test kits, two heated hospital tanks, and tank accessories I have spent well over $500 at this point. Yes I have probably went overkill with two 10 gallon setups. I'm the type of person if I take an animal in my care I am going to do my best both in attention and financially to provide it the best life I can give it. So, anyways at this point I could have bought hundreds of Betta fish. I am also planning on adding more fish slowly to my tanks when I finish cycling them. So they are still selling fish to me. My brother and one of my friends at work wants me to help them get a set up for their future fish; so that's even more fish being sold. Where as the average consumer might buy 2 or 3 and eventually give up because the stores aren't providing the correct information and the fish are dying. Then they are losing out on further sales of the food and maintenance items. Which in all honesty is probably more profitable than the fish. I wish I had a LFS that provided proper care and information so I could give them my business. :(
Last edited by freemike; 02-23-2012 at 11:03 PM.