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Old 10-23-2009, 10:19 PM   #1 
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Omg...

Not really about bettas, but (slight ranting ahead)...

I'm talking to an online friend that had a blue VT called 'No Name'. She told me he had died a while ealier today. She had him for 2 months. She didn't really know how to take care of him properly, kept him in one of those little .5 betta tanks. I had been giving her tips.

Well, now she tells me she bought 3 new fish as well as a new tank (because I had been urging her to get a bigger home for her guy).
After a bit of probing, it turns out it's like this:

She bought a 2.5 gallon with an algae eater, a barb, and a koi!

It was so ridiculous...she said they all passed away quickly after she put them in. Poor things. I told her about all the mistakes she had made with that. She told me the lady at the petstore had told her it was perfectly fine. Get this: the employee said not to feed tropical fish betta food. Not because of their difference in nutrition, but because tropical fish don't like to eat round pellets!

If I ever go to Cali I'm definitely giving this employee a good tongue lashing. I feel bad for all the fish she must have sold with this horrid advice.

I told my friend to come to me whenever she needed advice on fish instead...

But yeah. I am speechless...poor fish.
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Old 10-23-2009, 10:26 PM   #2 
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Awww, I'm sorry to hear about those poor fish!! Putting a koi in a 2.5 gallon tank? Bettas don't like round pellets? Where do these people get the info that they give to customers?
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Old 10-23-2009, 10:43 PM   #3 
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It's my honest belief that you are as likely to get sound fishkeeping advice from a clerk at a LFS as you are from a random person off the street. Sure, thee are a small handful of people in each crowd who actually kow what they'redoing, but it's hit and miss.
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Old 10-24-2009, 08:14 AM   #4 
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These people know nothing....
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Old 10-24-2009, 08:41 AM   #5 
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I just can't stand pet stores anymore >:( It's not even fun to look at decorations anymore because I know that there are dying bettas right around the corner. I think that we should all start buying from breeders....
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Old 10-24-2009, 09:46 AM   #6 
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ridiculous
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Old 10-25-2009, 01:54 PM   #7 
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Well, there is some good news out of this. I spent a long time talking to her because she wanted to get another betta. So now I think she's better prepared.

She went out and got a gorgeous red HM today, along with some freezedried bloodworms, a clay pot, and a fake plant. So I hope her new guy is happy.
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Old 10-25-2009, 06:03 PM   #8 
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I just can't stand pet stores anymore >:( It's not even fun to look at decorations anymore because I know that there are dying bettas right around the corner. I think that we should all start buying from breeders....
I'm with you. The only problem is that they dying bettas need a shot at life. That's why these pet stores will always have bettas to sell. People like us can't stand leaving them there to rot in the cups.

Grrrrrrrr!!!!!!
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