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Old 08-18-2012, 02:31 PM   #1 
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Angry People amaze me.

An older man was in the fish aisle when I was and because no one was around to help a lady that was frantic on what size aquarium to get her fish, I helped her out. She asked about a different type of fish but I was going on about telling her what I know about bettas and that with them they should have a minimum of 5 gal. I know not all have that for their fish and are still well taken care of, so this isn't my argument, but the older man ever so rudely interrupts me and says,
"Uhmmm, they don't need no 5 gallons. I keep mine in glass cups and they're totally fine."
Oh boy, you would not believe the rage that was pursing through my blood. It probably wasn't very lady-like of me but I said probably just as rude back,
"Is that humane? Do you truly believe that is how you properly care for ANY tropical fish? That may be alright for a goldfish but not your obviously poorly cared for bettas." And just as I was about to go on, I look and saw a dead betta in it's horrible cup. I picked it up almost to tears and showed him what exactly he's doing to his betta and said, "Yep, you really know what you're doing." And went about my way with the deceased fish to tell someone about him being dead and told them to clean out 2 bettas cups that were filled with allege and ammonia.

I'm at a loss for words with some folks. But I couldn't hold it back today.
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Old 08-18-2012, 04:09 PM   #2 
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GOOD, that elderly man deserved what you threw at him. kudos to you for standing up for bettas!
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Old 08-18-2012, 04:26 PM   #3 
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My saying is nothing less than a gallon for betta fish. I have two and do weekly 100% water changes
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Old 08-18-2012, 05:06 PM   #4 
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No fish should be in a cup especially not a goldfish they require more room than bettas. 20 gallons for 1 and 10 more gallons for each additional goldfish.

But it was at very good timing that there was a poor little one dead in a cup, maybe you made that man think.
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Old 08-18-2012, 05:37 PM   #5 
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I aggree with megaredize, goldfish make way more waste than betta fish and require much more room, I should know as I have two goldfish. But good for you for making that man hopefully think a little about his care of fish. It is people like you who are making a difference in the world of betta keeping.
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Old 08-18-2012, 06:39 PM   #6 
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My apologies on the goldfish part. But yeah, it just annoyed me that he thought he was so right about the bettas. He then went on to turn back then said, "Well, whatever do what you want." Yeah that's what I thought guy. Haha thanks everyone.
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Old 08-18-2012, 07:29 PM   #7 
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some people will be forever stuck in their ways and he probably was one of them
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Old 08-19-2012, 01:54 AM   #8 
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I can not believe how some people treat there betta's!:'(
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Old 08-20-2012, 04:37 PM   #9 
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He was probably a little bit mad at someone younger than him telling him off. At the very least he must have been embarrassed.

Curse human pride, without it he might have been more open to suggestions.
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Old 08-20-2012, 05:04 PM   #10 
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WOOT WOOT!! Way to go! :D

Did you see what tank the lady bought? :)

I wouldn't say they need 5 gallons, but the bigger the tank the better!
IMO 2.5 gal with proper water changes is okay.

My girl is more than content with her 10 gal tank. <3
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