Not really about bettas, but (slight ranting ahead)...
I'm talking to an online friend that had a blue VT called 'No Name'. She told me he had died a while ealier today. She had him for 2 months. She didn't really know how to take care of him properly, kept him in one of those little .5 betta tanks. I had been giving her tips.
Well, now she tells me she bought 3 new fish as well as a new tank (because I had been urging her to get a bigger home for her guy).
After a bit of probing, it turns out it's like this:
She bought a 2.5 gallon with an algae eater, a barb, and a koi!
It was so ridiculous...she said they all passed away quickly after she put them in. Poor things. I told her about all the mistakes she had made with that. She told me the lady at the petstore had told her it was perfectly fine. Get this: the employee said not to feed tropical fish betta food. Not because of their difference in nutrition, but because tropical fish don't like to eat round pellets!
If I ever go to Cali I'm definitely giving this employee a good tongue lashing. I feel bad for all the fish she must have sold with this horrid advice.
I told my friend to come to me whenever she needed advice on fish instead...
But yeah. I am speechless...poor fish.