Originally Posted by Rhondabelle
Hi all :) I'm a newbie to these forums. I'm going back from maternity leave to my job at the local pet store (not Petsmart, Petland, etc), and the assistant manager position is opening up in the fall. I'm next in line for a promotion, and I figure that I should get my facts straight before I go back to work (I admit I'm guilty of lack of knowledge, I was hardly in the fish section... pls don't flame, I'm working on rectifying the lack of knowledge).
So. What are the top things that I should be telling my customers? Obviously I won't be telling them that bettas are happy in little jars. And it doesn't have to be just about fish, either. Anything that I can do to increase my knowledge and my customer's knowledge!
Thanks in advance!
Here is some very random info lol...
heater 78 degrees
at least one gallon
bi weekly water changes w/o filter
weekly water changes with filter
at least 45% protein diet
little to no current
males never kept together
females can be kept together in groups of 5 or more in at least 10 gallons
The betta info generally applies to all other tropical fish, though the diet requirements will be different.
For multiple fish at least 10 gallons is required.
FAncy Goldfish require at least 20 gallons. Add 10 g for each gold fish added. For example: 3 fancy goldfish should do fine in 40 gallons. BUT some goldfish get bigger than others. I would not recommend 3 comets for 40 gallons. High filtration also required.
also known as cavies
fresh hay and water must be available at all times
pellet foods are better than the mixed type
fresh veggies required daily
7.5 square feet minimum per 3 guinea pigs
cannot keep males and females together unless they are spayed/neutered (guinea pregnancy is very stressful and can end in death of the mother)
NEVER keep with rabbits.
generally cannot be kept with other hamsters in adulthood, they will kill each other.
very stinky, but sociable
when using wire cages use caution as the mice can escape
known to bite
use harnesses, not collars. Collars can easily damage small dogs' fragile tracheas.
This is stuff I have learned from experience. I can also provide great websites for info on pets. I have had almost every type of pet and can provide some good sources. Except snakes and reptiles lol :)