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sooooo... here's the story.

at our petsmart (that's only about 4 months old) we've been struggling with a few water problems and keeping certain fish alive. well we finally figured out the problem, it was copper (and chlorine but we already fixed that problem), and all of our fish in our system suddenly perked right up! yay! so i made the comment to a few coworkers. i said something similar to that all the fish in our system, but mostly the gouramis, were acting like my bettas do. you know, swimming along the glass, being really alert, playing around in the tank, like happy little fish.

so here's where i got angry. after i said that they act like my bettas this certain coworker informed me that bettas don't move around much because they come from tiny little puddles in Thailand. :shock: of course i told him the correct information and that my bettas only stop moving if they're sick.

the reason why i got so angry was because this person is the one person that always informs me of when i do something slightly wrong and about all of these random facts i should know about fish. they've been with the company for over a year and they were telling me this ever so wrong information!?!??!!!! i wonder what else they're telling people about bettas...... :blueworry:

i mean sure, a lot of people don't really know the truth about bettas. but for someone who barks out information like they know everything sure doesn't know much.. :-?
 

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LOL those who act like they know everything usually know the least.

My betta never stops moving. We have to have 'bedtime'. Lights off, and into the floating log for rest.

If I moved as much as my betta I would burn every calorie I ate.

It's difficult to find a petsmart worker that knows about fish. Actually, it's difficult to find a vet that knows about fish. But yes, I agree, if you don't know, then don't advise. The most dangerous people are those that think they know..
 

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I hate people like this.

A lady told me 5 goldfish would be fine for a 5g. :/

Another lady said 10 female bettas in a 5g.

Another lady told my mom not to buy a heater for the betta tanks in the winter time. >:/

Petco horrors D:
 

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http://www.bettafish.com/member.php?u=33919cp6445: yeah i know right!? wish i could move that much! and it definitely is hard to find people that know a lot about fish. and i'm not saying i know a lot, i'm still learning. but i guess i know more than someone whose been working there for a year!

Jrf456: whatttttttttttt. those are crazy things to say.
 

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I work at a LPS and if I don't know the answer to something I openly admit it, then ask the customer if they mind if I look it up for them (so I can learn the answer) or I'll ask another coworker... If I were shopping at a store I'd rather someone do that then pretend to know the answer and make something up... What a jerk!
 

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That's like the guy at Petsmart telling me to only feed bettas MAYBE once a week >_<
They give me the "Are you INSANE?" look when I tell them Mr. Bubbles has a 5.5gal tank x]
 

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and i do the same, if i don't know the answer i'll ask someone else if they do or show them some of the books we have in the store that might have the answer.

but yeah, unfortunately many places just hire random people and then they're just expected to learn the minimum to do whatever it is they were hired for.

i guess i started out as a random person, but i actually have generally knowledge of animal care before i was even hired. AND i wanted the job to do exactly that, take care of animals, learn about animals, and teach people about them.

getting a paycheck for doing what i love doing is basically a bonus!!! :D
 

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I sounded like a crazy fish lady in petsmart today, one of the misinformed employees came up to me and asked me if I needed help, I to,d him no but told him that almost all of the Bettas on the shelf were sick or stressed out. He decided to tell me that a vet checks them everyday, psh. He said he would tell the vet and get treatment for them. I srsly almost died laughing. Then I pointed out a crown tail and the told me crown tails were male and veil tails were female. I almost throttled him. Needless to say, I got what I needed and had to leave.
 

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I sounded like a crazy fish lady in petsmart today, one of the misinformed employees came up to me and asked me if I needed help, I to,d him no but told him that almost all of the Bettas on the shelf were sick or stressed out. He decided to tell me that a vet checks them everyday, psh. He said he would tell the vet and get treatment for them. I srsly almost died laughing. Then I pointed out a crown tail and the told me crown tails were male and veil tails were female. I almost throttled him. Needless to say, I got what I needed and had to leave.

what!? vets check them everyday!?? well, i know a lot of petsmarts have in store vets, called Banfield. but i highly doubt they check all animals everyday. my store doesn't have an in store vet, so it's our job, the PET CARE associates job, to check the animals everyday, all day, and if they're sick/injured/whatever we get them the treatment they need, which is either a vet or the treatment we can give in the store if it's something minor. and this is including fish. that's why we have a QT tank and QT room. but unfortunately we don't have any fish specialist vets around.

i know of a petsmart that is close to a university that studies fish specific stuff and they do surgeries and specialized treatment for the fish of that petsmart. unfortunately, it's all about where you're located of who gets the best attention for their fish and who works at the store and knows how to treat them. :[
 

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mine only stop moving if sleeping, or ill. which is why it worries me so much since Heavy's become a bit inactive. :T

oh no! :[
 

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the 2 LPS nearby are mostly uninformed but some are better informed but will still sell those death traps if the customer wants to kill the betta. one did educate a customer about a misinformed lady on goldfish. she wanted a 2.5g for a goldfish. long story short he told her life expectancy depends on care and proper tank size but she still bought the 2.5g and atleast 1 victim.
 

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I was told by a petsmart employee that bettas are solitary and are WAY too agressive to have any tankmates. And, he said you could have pretty much any fish in a 10 Gallon. He said goldfish are good, but you have way less selection. :p
 

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some people need to put some knowledge in their brains!!!!!!!

i was told by a customer the other day that "bettas are a mean nasty fish who eat all other fish and are disgusting and don't know why anyone would want one." i tried to tell her otherwise but she continued to teach me her opinions..
 

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I hate know it all's.

ROFL!! Imagine him trying to sell dogs.

"The poodles are the females ..."
I used to think all the prettdy dogs were females and the ugly ones (bull dog looking breeds) were all males. Yeah
 

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I hate know it all's.


I used to think all the prettdy dogs were females and the ugly ones (bull dog looking breeds) were all males. Yeah
Same here. I liked watching a lot of movies with talking animals when I was a kid. The poodle would always be a prissy female and the bulldog would always be a macho man. I believed that until I found out where puppies come from. XD
 
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