Originally Posted by AAquarist
To be honest I think most people see Goldfish as even more disposable than Bettas because they frequently see them being sold as feeder fish and at carnivals and in bowls.
Totally. To many, fish, especially certain types like goldfish are disposable, easily replaced when killed off by ignorance and carelessness. I still can't believe how many people think fish cant feel pain, or have a three second memory, despite all the scientific eveidence to the contrary, so maybe the fact many think of them as unfeeling and stupid plays a part? So many times its like if someone gets a fish and it dies due to their lack of knowledge and/or concern it's like "Oh my fish just died! I didn't care for it properly, but before I stop to reevaluate my competency regarding this animal's care, let me replace it and put it in the same conditions that caused my other fish's untimely demise!"
I've known a few people in my life who've gone through multiple fish that they killed off with their ignorance, thankfully for the fish they all eventually gave up. (Betta in a tinyunheated bowl? Two goldfish in a one gallon? A whole tank of dead fish due to ignorance of nitrogen cycle?check, check, and check!) The thing that frustrated me the most was that these were people I knew were smart in other areas of life, but when it came to their own pet fish none of them thought afterwards "what did I do wrong this time that I can do differently the next time?" You'd think after some of these people lose a fish or two or ten they'd think "Maybe I'm doing something wrong here" but I guess not.