I know it all and the risks on top of it, but I would rather they start out with a generally healthy Betta than a WalMart one. Those are usually in bad shape around here and no one else sells fish around here, not even breeders! You have to drive a good 45 minutes to even get to a PetSmart!
My nephews are just starting getting interested in fish too. Will they love them to death? Probably. Will I regret getting them started on fishkeeping? Never. Plus seeing their grow up from babies before they get to take them home will be a fun experence for them
Also, I know the risks, I have a genorator, I'm disabled and don't leave the house much, my fish are fed correctly, I over-research everything, and I hover over my tank, so nothing escapes me for very long.
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