So today at the pet store I saw a girl and her mom walk in, she was about a year older than me. The Petco clerk immediately started talking to them so I headed off to the SW tanks to look at a colony of zoanthids. I overhead the lady telling the girl that bettas can be kept in jars with plants in them, and kept telling them false information like that. The clerk chose a .5 gallon betta keeper and un-nutritious food. It was a good 15 min and she had a DB Tail picked out for her friends birthday. When the clerk walked away, I approached the girl.
Kindly, I said "That is a beautiful fish, but that clerk is just trying to get her pay check and doesn't know correct information about these fish. Bettas should be treated as any other fish with adequate care. They can't live in vases, they're living beings and deserve better. I suggest you get something like a 2 gallon for your friend; your betta will live longer and happier. A betta is a carnivore and needs meaty food. I'm not trying to trash the clerk, just help the sake of a live animal and people with incorrect information. The bettas really seem to grow on you; I have two at home and their happy and healthy."
Thankfully the girl and her mom completely understand and thanked me several times for saving her friends fish. In the end her Mom got two 2 gallon tanks (1 for her friend and her!), two things of Omega1 pellets, and a Beautiful pink DB for her friend (the tail was like a heart) and a almost white marble halfmoon. I explained how the marble would soon grow from plain white, to saphire blue like the patches beginning near the tail and head. I told her a WC schedule, feeding schedule, and tips on what kind of decor to advoid. I also told her they are tropical fish, and like warmer temps, but since we live in FL, we wouldn't need a heater til winter. I then gave her my number to ask me any questions
Overall I felt really good walking out of that store. I know that even I, a 13 year old, can change the coarse of an animals life. Man, do I feel good today!:D
NOTE: sorry for spelling errors/ typos I'm just so happy I got to do this, so I'm kind of hyper-ecstatic-happy mood right now:D!