I'm only on page one and this is already killing me, long post ahead
When I got my betta, I went to Petsmart & pre bought everything the same day I got my betta, I then went to petland to get my betta. Now here's the kicker, I make my own money just to be clear & my mom came with me, she kept asking BOTH petsmart & petland clerks if he really needs a heater, a big tank and a fitler(because I got a 5.5 gal,filter and heater) of course both clerks said "They don't need heaters or filters, they are very hardy fish and can live in very small bowls" and other BS, I tuned them both out as previous to buying my fish I did my research(2 days of researching)
Unlike my mom who didn't do any research and didn't trust the knowledge I gathered because "They keep them in small bowls so it must be okay" Any person with common sense & a heart would know that such tiny bowls are not meant for ANY living being, not even shrimp.
I went back a couple of days later cause I'm a worried betta mother(turns out he was just stressed) and he asked how I acclimated him, I said "I had his bag in the tank & was putting some tank water every 5-10 minutes for a hour" as suggested by forum users & he replies while he looks at me like I'm stupid "That's...odd"
Another time was for my brothers tank, we got his water tested and his ammonia was off the charts so I tell my mom "Only way to get rid of ammonia is to do water changes more often" but no, she goes to petsmart & asks the clerk on how to remove ammonia and ends up buying "Ammonia remover" because the clerk said he uses it for his fish and that it works, I stood there annoyed and angry
Proud fish mom of:
Judas(aka Judas baby) VT- 10 gallon
SIP Poseidon 11/20/2016
Also Proud cat mom:
Taz(Male)9-10 yrs old
Poof(Female)5-6 yrs old
"It's just a fish." It's a living being & it's life should be treated with respect.