Originally Posted by BearFish96
"Betta fish will instantly kill any other fish that comes in their tank including Neon Tetras. You cannot put any other fish in a betta tank."
"Neon Tetras need to be heated to 75-80 degrees, and that is terrible for your Betta fish."
"Even if you get some plants for Neon Tetras to hide in, that will do nothing. The betta fish will still swim in and eat the fish."
Obviously, I bought the fish anyway. The guy said that it was animal cruelty if I was just going to buy fish so other fish could kill them, and gave me a dirty look as I left the store. I told him "No offense, but I think you should research betta fish some more." He told me that he was a 'fish expert' and that he knew what he was talking about.
I feel sad for all the fish under his care.
1. Bettas are very territorial fish and will attack intruders...if they're bettas. Neons have been eaten by many bettas in the past so those two might not be the best combonation BUT bettas THRIVE in a large tank with small peaceful fish.
2. 75-80 degrees Farenhiet is the temp range for tropical fish and last time I checked bettas are tropical fish.
3. In a large planted tank the neons will be able to hide and the betta probably wouldn't care as long as the neon didn't do anything to him.
If I were to meet this guy I'd be like "You're giving people the wrong info" and when he starts telling me he's the 'fish expert' I'd be like "I breed these fish so who knows more?" .
Geez petstores should have their employees know as much as possible about the animals they want to care for or they get fired >:[