Never used this thread before, but here we go.
I absolutely hate, hate, hate when brand new members on the forum post complete nonsense advice in response to members seeking help. Of course, I understand that they are new, still learning a lot of things, and just want to help, but that does not mean that they should be slinging around pieces of information/advice that are completely false or terrible. Like a member says in response to a simple case of ripped fins, "It looks like you've done everything you can at this point, you should let nature take its course". I mean, are you serious?! A fish gets ripped fins in which the dead tissue falls off and their response is that the fish is going to die and the owner should let it!??
There are so many other instances like this and it drives me absolutely bonkers!!
Shew, I feel better now :)
This is why a lot of forums have rules that include variations of "lurk more" - meaning that new members are encouraged to watch how other members of the forum respond and behave before they jump right in and start trying to give advice. They often think they sound smart or are trying to help, but sometimes that isn't the case. A fish is definitely not doomed to death if its fins are ripped. Many of us have seen bettas bounce back from having fins that were almost completely rotted away by finrot.
My own personal rant today has to do with some of the betta owners on Instagram...My friend has an account on there that advocates against betta abuse and she often posts friendly advice on betta photos in which the fish is not in the best condition/has a tiny tank/etc. These people are so ridiculously stubborn and rude even when offered the kindest of advice on how to improve their betta's life. Many of them simply retort with "WELL I WAS TOLD AT THE PET STORE THAT BETTAS LIKE SMALL TANKS, JUST BECAUSE YOU HAVE FISH DOESN'T MEAN YOU'RE RIGHT."
Let us examine that claim for a moment
-You do realize that, even in pet stores, employees are there to make sales and that 90% of the time, they will tell you anything in order to get you to buy something? If someone told you to jump off the Brooklyn Bridge, would you do it?
-You do realize that, most of the time, someone who has years of experience keeping a particular animal is going to know better about the necessary care it needs?
Its just very frustrating. If these people have Instagram, they obviously have Smartphones and access to the internet. It literally takes a 5 minute Google search to find this website and many others like it that will tell you that all of the nonsense chain petstores spout about Betta care is false. I guess its easier to act like a know-it-all.