Last weekend I went to Petsmart to look at their plants for my 2 gallon tank. I have a female betta in a tank with 2 plants right now but one is dying and the other is a small plant. I was hoping to get a taller plant but didn't like what I saw. So I asked an employee what plant would be a good plant in my tank with mostly natural light. She of course told me any of the plants they had would work. The plants I was looking at were $8 and looked scraggly to me. They also had some that were half off but I thought why would I buy a plant for $4 that looked like it was dying? The smaller plants also cost $4 but I was hoping for something bigger.
So she was asking me questions and I was telling her I thought my betta was lonely and might enjoy some plants to play around in as she is a very active girl. I had one of those mirror balls in with her but the mirror part faded. I also have put in a water bottle top to see if she would play with it but she really doesn't. I can't sit with her all day and thought she might enjoy larger plants. So I asked her if she thought another small fish would be good as a playmate and she told me to get another female betta. I asked if they would fight because I know male and female do as I already made that mistake and had to take the male back to the store before he killed my girl. She said no they wouldn't fight and I was thinking don't you need more then two girls because I thought they had to live in groups and she said no.
So they were having a sale on their female beta's for $.99 and I chose a young (not baby) red female that is really pretty. I'm not certain but I am thinking it is a veil tail (are those the common beta's?).
Anyway, when I got home I was still unsure if putting them together was a good idea so I put the cup nest to the tank so they could see each other. Then hours later, towards evening, I decided to see if they would get along as my crowntail was interested in the new betta. Well it didn't take long at all before the crown tail was biting. So I separated them and put the new betta in a large Tupperware bowl. I have no other tank to put her in, and I have not had the time to return the new one.
Why do they tell you to buy these fish if they don't know anything about them? They tell you to buy these cute tiny tanks and then they tell you male and female will get along or that two females will be fine and that is not the case and people waste their money and time.
I know it is only $.99 but still what am I to do with her if I can't get back to the store in time to return her?
All I really wanted was a plant or two for her.
So, is there anyone in MI who wants the new red female?
I guess I need to check the receipt to see how long I have to return her before a $.99 cent buy becomes $20 or more to buy a new tank...which I have no place to put. Grrr...
I do not have 100 posts in order to reply to the threads about plants in the classified section but if anyone has easy, low light plants please let me know.
Sorry this is so long, and thanks for reading!
I think I will send Petsmart a note about this and let them know they need to educate their employee's.