Needed to share this...
I had a "date", and had nothing to do for five hours while I waited, so I went into PetSmart. I wanted to get a pretty VT I saw the other day, but he was gone, so I sorted through the fish, pulled out the sick ones and told them what to do for treatment. Then a couple and a kid walked in and were looking at the fish before finding the bettas. It was the usual "kid wants a pet, let's get him a betta". And I don't like stepping in because Speech taught me opinions make you wanna punch people, but then I was asked a question:
"Is this betta okay?"
They had a little baby boy in their hands, part of the new shipment. But my favorite boy I didn't get to smuggle home had a sibling somewhere, and I pulled him out to look at him. Picture of apparent health, considering he's been there a good long while, but he wasn't my type. I explained that I was always here looking at the bettas and I recommended this one, who doesn't flare, doesn't do anything particularily weird, and just really wants a good home.
"What do we feed them?"
While they picked out the food, I told them everything I had learned about bettas. They're picky, some don't eat right away, some have smaller mouths than others. So with that in mind, they selected food (cannot remember exactly what brand they picked, but it wasn't what I normally get). I told them how much and how often I fed my bettas, but said that I wasn't the top expert, I was just a kid with twelve of the creatures, and the food recommendation wasn't a set-in-stone rule. I helped pick out a 2.5 gallon tank with a filter, a heater, live plant bulbs and two plastic plants for the little guy to hide behind while his bulbs grew.
"We didn't know what we were getting into."
At least they were honest and didn't try getting the "twinsies" half gallon betta "habitat" and try to get another. They listened to me and I was pretty pleased. I feel I could have shared some more knowledge, but I was already overloading them, so I let it go at that.
Then the last thing I hear before they round the corner?
"She should work here"
Gosh dang it, do I ever so want to.
But my twelve I got now would quickly double!
To you, they're just fish. To me, they're just my greatest friends