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Old 02-04-2013, 10:10 PM   #1 
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Someone was told this by a person that works at a veterinary hospital...

I was on instagram where I have created a side account for just betta fish because of how many misconceptions people have. I was tagged on someone's photo of their fish in a vase and they had told me that they took all of their advice from someone that had their degree in biology and worked in a veterinary hospital. She was told that one gallon was enough for one fish. To put some bamboo in the tank because it will give the water oxygen. Keep the tank at 70 degrees. Keep it out of direct sunlight.
Are you guys also only agreeing with the direct sunlight advice?
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Old 02-04-2013, 10:12 PM   #2 
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I was on instagram where I have created a side account for just betta fish because of how many misconceptions people have. I was tagged on someone's photo of their fish in a vase and they had told me that they took all of their advice from someone that had their degree in biology and worked in a veterinary hospital. She was told that one gallon was enough for one fish. To put some bamboo in the tank because it will give the water oxygen. Keep the tank at 70 degrees. Keep it out of direct sunlight.
Are you guys also only agreeing with the direct sunlight advice?
I agree with all of it, however, that would require much more intensive care. And although 70* can work, it's a risk that most people should not be willing to take...
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Old 02-04-2013, 10:13 PM   #3 
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Yeah >:( MISCONCEPTIONS!!! GROWWWLLLL!!!!!
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Old 02-04-2013, 10:19 PM   #4 
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Haha every time I go to a vet about my fish they get a stupid look on their face when I mention I need this antibiotic for this fish disease. So why would I trust them to tell me how to keep my fish everyday?
Tell you friend to ask someone with a degree in Ichthyology and Animal Husbandry. Biology is more about genetics and internal workings of animals. Sorry to sound so cynical here but at least get the right degrees before you claim you have more knowledge then an another person. Stuff like that really gets me hot under the collar.

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Old 02-04-2013, 10:21 PM   #5 
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Haha every time I got a a vet about my fish they get a stupid look on their face when I mention I need this antibiotic for this fish disease. So why would I trust them to tell me how to keep my fish everyday?
RIght?? This person feels they can trust them sooo much because they have a degree in biology! They asked me for my credentials...
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Old 02-04-2013, 10:24 PM   #6 
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Oh yeah, they also told them that the bamboo helps maintain the temperature of the water. That's something I have never heard before.
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Old 02-04-2013, 11:30 PM   #7 
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lol Yeah, to the best of my knowledge, most vet schools don't offer much for aquatics. And honestly, if a student just wants to do traditional private practice work after graduating, there wouldn't be much need to take such a class when they could be taking coursework that would likely be more useful on a day-to-day basis when they graduate.

My mom (a vet herself) has been absolutely flabbergasted about the husbandry concepts of fish keeping and how some of the medications commonly used for dogs and cats can also be used for fish, and the other doctors at the practice all have similar misconceptions. I semi-recently upgraded the betta at my mom's clinic from a nasty non-heated 1 gallon with few water changes, no suitable decorations, and all-filler pellet food to a heated, planted, filtered 5 gallon with quality food and they were amazed at the difference it made in the fish's activity levels (Mom was even rather pleased at how the betta would get excited to see her and would beg for food when she came in the room).

On the medication issue, they may not be able to dispense it for you, either legally or by clinic policy. At least at the practice I work at, it's required for one of the doctors to have examined the animal first before writing a prescription - and that could be difficult with a fish.

I guess I'm just trying to say that vets are human too, and are no less vulnerable to misinformation on certain topics than anyone else - you'll find misinformed people in any profession, and chances are they'll defend what they believe to be true the same regardless of their job. Not knowing the ins and outs of fish care does not make the vet a bad doctor or a bad person - it just makes them another person who needs to be politely taught the facts.
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Old 02-05-2013, 12:04 AM   #8 
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Hey there,

I have worked as a vet nurse and also been in contact with every vet in the area and quite a few distant clinics and basically what I found out is this....... vets are basically like GP's they know general information about most things but like a GP they need to refer you to a specialist for specific cases that they cannot deal with themselves or unusual ones that they do not have the knowledge to treat.

The sad reality is that there is not a big call for vets to specialize in aquatic creatures, so in the case of a fish I would phone or email someone specializing in
aquaculture to get the required accurate information.
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Oh yeah, they also told them that the bamboo helps maintain the temperature of the water. That's something I have never heard before.
That is absolutely the most ignorant statement I've heard in a long time. Whoever this person is, they are completely talking out their @$$; trying to sound important with a "degree".
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Old 02-05-2013, 01:01 AM   #10 
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lucky bamboo isn't aquatic. :I it's gonna rot. mine did, and it wasn't even in a fish tank, but a vase we filled with fresh water every week. 8I
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