The good : At a recent LFS visit, my wife showed an interest in a particularly pretty betta specimen. She has decided she'd like a betta in her office. Yay! My wife wants a fish! (Tanganyikan cichlids are my thing, but I'm happy to have her interested in anything aquaria related)
The bad : She bought into the baloney that the store guy was saying about how since they're from rice paddies they'll do fine in a betta vase, and anything bigger than a 5gallon tank will just stress them out. So now she wants a betta in a betta vase with a plant on top.... Since he's the "expert", she's not going to believe me when I tell her different... Noooooooooo!!!!!!
I offered to set her up a 10 gallon planted tank on her desk, but nooooo... she doesn't want anything "rectangular", and she particularly wants a vase. She at least believed me when I told her the *absolute* minimum volume for a betta would be 1 gallon, though she also said "That vase was a gallon" (it was likely a half-gallon). Talking her into a large vase will be pretty easy, but it's still a betta vase :(.
I'm hoping I can sell her on a mini-bow 5 or one of the smaller eclipse units, but it's still pretty much aquarium shaped. Any other ideas? I figure if she insists on a vase I can get her one of those little goldfish bowl UGF's and a mini-heater, but she's gonna complain about the noise from the airpump.
I also thought about "leading by example"... letting her do her thing *cringe* and setting up an attractively planted 10 gallon tank, and if she goes "ooh, that's pretty" I'll say "Would you like it in your office for your bettafish?". I also have a little 2.5 around, but it's still rectangular.
P.S. Yes, I can just say "Honey, the guy is plain wrong. Go read the betta forums and see for yourself. He needs a real aquarium." but then I'd be in the doghouse. If I can find a way for it to be HER idea then life is much better ;).
P.P.S. Yes, if she insists on a half-gallon vase with no filtration or heating, I will live in the dog-house rather than keep silent.