Join Date: Nov 2012
Location: Melbourne, Australia
Sorry to divert from the C-section debate, just popping my rant in here.
It annoys me when I attempt to be helpful to someone, and get jumped on my them and a mutual friend discounting everything I say. An acquaintance of mine bought a betta fish. I "liked" the photo she put up on Facebook, naturally, because I love bettas.
She asked me why he wasn't active, and I asked her if her tank was heated, all the usual questions people ask on here usually when someone has a similar question. Not unreasonable so far, right? So we have a little discussion about where to get heaters on a budget, because she can't afford a fancy-schmancy one at the moment. Of course we'd all rather people prepared properly prior to purchasing their fish, but what's done is done, and better she gets a heater in a couple of weeks than never.
All this was fine, until a know-it-all entomologist friend decides to chime in, with distinctly condescending remarks, basically telling me I'm full of it and that they don't need heaters, because of their natural habitat, blah blah blah... The usual stuff that'd get stomped on right from the get-go if it were on here, and quickly corrected, no questions asked. Now, I'd never question this guy's expertise on the topic of insects, but he seems to think he knows everything about everything, not just about his particular specialty.
I'm not quite sure where to head with this conversation now that I have pointed out that their "natural habitat" is a far cry from an unheated 15 litre tank in Melbourne, and that pet store Betta Splendens isn't exactly a fish suited for the wild, and that heaters are in fact needed, even if only to prevent wild fluctuations in temperature. I can see this thread on Facebook turning into a very heated debate, and to be honest, I'm not sure I will be able to stay civil, given that I spend almost all of my free time reading about bettas, learning more and more each time I sit down at the computer, which I have been doing every single day for the past four and a half months... And these guys obviously don't have the same level of knowledge, but treat me as though I don't know anything about these fish.
Like I said, I'd never challenge facts given by this entomologist friend about insects, nor would I question the acquaintance's knowledge of many other animals (she is studying to become a vet) but they obviously have bought into what people generally buy into about bettas, and I'm not sure they'll listen to a lowly body piercer-wannabe whose passion happens to be betta keeping.
AND MY COFFEE HASN'T EVEN KICKED IN YET. ARGH.