This is a chat thread for all of the ridiculous things you hear whilst shopping in the fish department.
I have so many stories to tell. I might start off with the Wal-Mart experience.
Customer: "Uh, sir? Could I please have some help getting my fish set up?"
Employee: "Why yes. Let's start with the tank" *looks at a 0.5 cube tank*
"Oh, this should do."
C: "How about some decorations?"
E: "Oh, we have some plastic plants. They should be okay."
E: "Feed them these pellets once a month and he should live a year or so."
C: "Anything else?"
E: "Use this pre-made betta water."
C: "Thank you!"
Probably the most ridiculous I have seen. I did see someone buying two male bettas and one of those divided 0.5 tanks, no food, some gravel, and no conditioner.
I actually heard a Walmart employee tell a customer that 2 male bettas can live together in a 10g w/ 3 oscars, a frog & several neon tetras & an angel fish! I stepped in real quick, and informed the customer about the poor judgement & lack of knowledge the employee displayed. That was total tank annihilation waiting 2 happen!!! The lady was so grateful for my advice. In the end she bought a blue CT and the 6 neon tetras, a 10g starter kit, water conditioner, ph kit, crushed shells (prettier than gravel I guess), aquarium salt, stress coat, a heater & decor (incl fake plants). She also bought a 2nd betta, but on her way out, handed the cup to my 2yr old son.... her way of thanking us, she said. The employee was so miffed, lol! It kills me how they put someone in the fish dept, that doesn't know the 1st thing about aquariums, or which fish are even compatible! I made sure the store manager was aware he had an flaming idiot working in pets.... Ugh!!!
"Of course a betta can live in an unheated bowl with three goldfish! Make sure to change the water once a month!"
Ugh. I was this close to stepping in, but the customer was so rude to the salespeople already I knew that I didn't stand a chance.
*Holding one of those divided 0.5g 'tanks' and a healthy-looking betta* "Well let's see if this one lives for a week, and then we can think about getting another" *Walks out without conditioner, heater, etc*
At this point I just block out what everyone around me is saying; I have to look after my own sanity.
Customer: I would like to add something to my son's betta's tank.
Me: Sure! We have some great betta safe plants over here and a little hide for him to go into for some privacy.
Customer: No, I mean I'm looking for a frog or something to go in with the betta.
Me (skeptical): Oookay, how big is your betta's tank?
Customer: About this big *Uses hands to make a small square, likely 0.5gallon*
Me: With a tank that small there is NO way you can add any other living thing in there. I'm sorry, it will make your ammonia spike and will kill anything living in there.
Customer: Oh, well my son is so bored of his betta, all it does is sit behind the one plant it has.
Me: Well that's not normal for a betta, they're usually very lively. How often do you change the water?
Customer: I think about once a month.
Me: Well there's your problem right there, a tank that size should be cleaned AT LEAST once a week, ideally twice a week! Do you use water conditioner?
Customer: No. Just tap water.
Me: Well you will need some water condition to take out the toxins and chlorine in the tap water. Your son's betta is probably not feeling good since he's in such poor water conditions.
Customer: Oh. Well we will just buy the food today and see what happens...
I wanted to slam my head against the counter repeatedly....