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Old 07-29-2009, 12:46 PM   #1 
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Experience at Petsmart today.

I went to Petsmart today to look for another betta. While I was looking at the bettas, these 2 middle aged women came up and one of them was going to buy one.She said she had 6 or 7 at home. I asked her what size containers she had them in. She told me she had all hers in those divided triangular shaped things Petsmart has. I told her I had 2 of mine in those but they weren't divided.I told her they were fine as long as the water quality was kept up with. They didn't say anything but probably thought I was crazy. Then I asked her if she had any females and she said in a disgusted tone "oh, I tried breeding and the female gave my male diseases!.I'll never have another female!!". Then they left. Then a younger girl came up and was looking and I asked her if she ever had bettas before and she said no but her sister did. She wanted to get one and was going to put it in a vase with some bamboo. I'd guess the vase was about 1/2 to 1 gallon. She asked me if the fish would be ok in the cup until Saturday when she got him his permanent home. I said yes, if the water was changed at least every other day. I mentioned belonging to a forum to both people and they just looked at me funny. The younger girl did know that 2 bettas can't live together, whether male or female.Those other 2 didn't seem like they knew much.
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Old 07-29-2009, 12:53 PM   #2 
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I just hate customers who don't do research before hand (though I was one of them a long time ago). It was awesome of you to (try to) inform them about bettas! I also told people about bettafish.com and they started laughing -_____-" I'm going to petsmart/petco today to get another filter (and check out the bettas) and hopefully be able to inform people who are interested in buying one!
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Old 07-29-2009, 01:16 PM   #3 
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The guy who stocks the fish at walmart hates me because I tell the customers not to buy their "Betta Bowls" or to keep them clean (BTW the customers would rather take advice from a breeder than an idiot walmart employee). The reason the female gave the male a disease is because she had them in divided tanks with dirty water (duh!).
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Old 07-29-2009, 01:38 PM   #4 
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I bet that woman doesn't take care of her fish. They kind of looked at me like I didn't know what I was talking about. The younger girl seemed to be more open to info.
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Old 07-29-2009, 01:41 PM   #5 
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Naturally the younger girl was more open. Most middle aged women (no offense to anyone who is middle aged on here) think they know things and don't want to be told how to do it. I deal with it all the time at my job.

I bet she doesn't take care of her betta very well. I think its sad that people are like that. If you can't take proper care of the fish, then don't buy one in the first place!
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Old 07-29-2009, 01:46 PM   #6 
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And whenever I mention belonging to a furum, they give me a funny look and they say nothing. I wish they'd say, oh, really? Give me the web address and I'll check it out!
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Old 07-29-2009, 01:49 PM   #7 
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Exactly! But then if something happens to their bettas they get upset or mad that it died or got sick. I wish people would research before they buy their fish!
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Old 07-29-2009, 02:08 PM   #8 
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I wish they would too! I have Merlot and Blue Bonnet in those triangular one gallon tanks but they aren't divided. Blue Bonnet is small so she's ok in it but at least I change their water regularly! I just don't understand why they think bettas need very little water to survive! And if you say anything to these people they say "oh, I've kept mine in half gallons or less for years and they've been fine. I never have a problem with mine! "
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Old 07-29-2009, 02:21 PM   #9 
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I realize the importance of keeping a good home for ur betta..conditioning/changing water etc.

but i wanna kno how the heck my bfs mom had a betta for 3 years and did NOTHING but clean its water and feed it. she had in it in a vase with a plant and the only reason it died is because the vase broke and she wasnt able to get it in time. My mom also had a betta for a while and all i would ever see her do is clean out the vase n put new water for her. dont really remember how she passed. everybody always makes fun of me saying i go above and beyond for my bettas :(
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Old 07-29-2009, 02:37 PM   #10 
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Ok, I'm old compared to most of you folks... but, I don't think you should lump us all together under any sort of stereotype... there's some willing to learn and others are idiots - but that comes with every generation.

I also have to admit that I bought my bettas because I felt bad for them, and didn't have the right set-up for keeping them happy. I was ill-informed that they'd get along in small quarters, but I've been learning from here, and lots of trial and error.

I now feel really guilty using my 2 gallon tanks, they're a last resort for mis-behaviors or sickness. Now that I've seen the sheer bliss that my girls have in the 20 gal. I can't deny them this freedom.

Sure any small fish can 'survive' in a clean one gal (or less?) - but it doesn't mean happy living.

Sure, a one gallon bowl is better than that miserable excuse of a cup that the poor darlings are sold in - but who among us would like to resort to being able to walk 4 steps in any direction to touch a wall - that's what a one gallon tank is to a betta.

It's easy to watch a fish and count the number of tail strokes it takes for it to circumnavigate its tank. Is it happy going around in mini-circles?

Since I'm an old person - UGH (hate saying that) - I'll relate a tidbit of memory from my childhood. When my dad would get stressed out or worried, I'd hear him pace around the kitchen table, round and round and round.... and when I think of tiny fish bowls - I'm reminded of the image of my dad doing that. But at least he had other rooms to pace in, and could leave the house ...
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