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post #1061 of 1080 (permalink) Old 06-22-2016, 03:06 AM
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I almost freaked out when a guy at Walmart bought a few glow fish and an Oscar i was going to say something until I heard him on the phone saying they were going in different tanks

One of my bettas does live with guppies and Honey gouramis with no issues a little flaring with the male gourami and it was settled no problem I've been told this is a bad idea but it works for me it all depends on your fish and how their personality is
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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

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THIS conversation was the reason I no longer have any hope for humanity. (Note: At the time, I only had 3 bettas, and not 5 and a guppy.)

So I'm walking through Petsmart, looking for some more Stress Coat, when an employee sees me and asks what I'm looking for.
Me: Oh I'm just looking for some API Stress Coat, I can find it myself.
Employee: What kind of fish is it for?
Me: Um, all of them. I use it as water conditioner.
Employee: But what kind of fish do you have?
Me: Just 3 bettas.
Employee: Are you crazy? You shouldn't be giving bettas water conditioner! What kind of tank are they in?
Me: Well two of them are in 5 gallons and one is in a 3 gallon...
Employee: That's WAY too big! You'd better get them into something MUCH smaller or they'll die!
Me: Um, dude, bettas are supposed to have a minimum of 2.5 heated, filtered gallons. I'm not going to downgrade them.
Employee: They have a filter and heater too? That's INSANE! They're definitely suffering in there!
Me: No they're not.
Employee: Listen, whoever told you that you have them in the right habitat is WRONG. They will die. Bettas can only be in 0.25 gallons max. How much are you feeding them anyway?
Me: They each get 2 pellets a day.
Employee: No, no, no, NO! You're only supposed to feed them half a pellet, once a month, or they'll explode!
Me: Who even told you this?
Employee: Doesn't matter, becuase it's all correct. If you follow my advice right now your bettas could live up to 6 months! Wouldn't that be great? The average lifespan of a betta is 3 months, but if you care for them like the way I just said, you can double that.
Me: I'll have you know that one of my bettas is nearly five years old.
*silence*
Employee: Um... well... you're still doing it wrong!
Me (really frustrated at this point): No, I'm not! I'm doing everything right! Go look up some proper betta care and see for yourself.
I walked away after that. Never went to that Petsmart again.

What's with employees thinking that fish die in BIGGER tanks? seriously, I would just love to hear how they would attempt to explain that backward knowledge. I also think that most of the LFS employees think that bettas are freshwater fish....when they're tropical, that or they don't know the difference?


Your super sassy responses though, I loved it <3

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I also think that most of the LFS employees think that bettas are freshwater fish....when they're tropical, that or they don't know the difference?
Bettas are freshwater tropical fish, Unless I am mistaken there are only 2 types of water on this planet fresh water and salt water.

Most of the fish in the aquarium trade are tropicals both salt and fresh water.

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Bettas are freshwater tropical fish, Unless I am mistaken there are only 2 types of water on this planet fresh water and salt water.

Most of the fish in the aquarium trade are tropicals both salt and fresh water.
I did think I was wrong when I wrote that but googled it and this is what came up "Water temperature needed. Freshwater fish may be out of cold water regions like lakes or rivers. Tropical are from the tropical areas, and need warm water to survive." so I thought I was somehow right lol, thanks for notifying me though, means a lot for you to point it out and further educate me. :)

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Bettas are freshwater tropical fish, Unless I am mistaken there are only 2 types of water on this planet fresh water and salt water.

Most of the fish in the aquarium trade are tropicals both salt and fresh water.
Actually there is a third type of water; brackish. It's mixture of fresh and salt that is most often found where a fresh water river runs into an ocean. And there are a number of fish in the hobby that live in this water. Most however, can adapt to either fresh or salt.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Brackish-water_aquarium
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Actually there is a third type of water; brackish. It's mixture of fresh and salt that is most often found where a fresh water river runs into an ocean. And there are a number of fish in the hobby that live in this water. Most however, can adapt to either fresh or salt.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Brackish-water_aquarium
Seriously? this is the first time I'm learning of this, thanks for telling me that & for the link, now I'm curious about it so hello Wikipedia

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Brackish water is salt, Why because it has salt in it.
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Its typically brownish with algae and seaweed in the wild. I speak from experience, since I lie near the ocean. I have seen places where it is clear, though. The fish living there would be rather temperature-fluxuation tolerant, I could imagine. thats just a theory though; dont quote me on that :)

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Brackish water is salt, Why because it has salt in it.
No not always.
Remember that there is the tide, so sometimes brackish water fish can be in almost full strength salt and then on the opposite side of the spectrum, virtually freshwater.
And yes, these fish are amazing; their response to marine/freshwater fluctuations are amazing.

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