I'm not sure if this is off topic - but I had to share.
My daughter is with her father for the summer, and so when I get to pick her up I get to drive to the big city where the fish stores are. (During the year with the schedule they are all closed when I pick her up).
So in my excitement we stop at a major pet chain lets call it pet*mart.
This is the conversation:
Daughter to clerk: don't let my mom buy anything
clerk: *weird look at me*
Me: ooo could I have some of your neon tetras
Clerk: what size tank? Has it been cycled? Are there any other fish in the tank?
Me: 10g, yes, no
Clerk: neons aren't starter fish - have you kept fish before?
Me: yes - I've been doing this for a couple of years now - but I am still a beginner it feels like, but currently have 5 tanks running.
Daughter: since you're getting fish - which I'm mad at you about - can I get another one with my moor?
Me: oh yes... clerk, can I get that golden oranda?
Clerk: What size tank?
Me: 20 gal long
Clerk: what other fish in the tank?
Me: one black moor juvenile, oh and its a bare bottom, and I know this would be the maximum fish I could have in this tank, but the fish are still small, and I am willing to buy another tank if I felt they needed it.
Clerk: have you cycled it?
Clerk: *still eyeing me suspiciously* what filtration do you have on it?
Me: I have a Aqueaon 55 that has been running for over a year.
I just thought it was funny because this clerk actually knew what she was talking about (she had 20 years personal experience) and was not willing to make a sell unless she felt confident that I knew what I was doing. We talked afterwards and I told her about my cichlid tanks and how they are breeding and what not. My daughter just sat there and rolled her eyes and then said to the clerk as we were leaving - "thanks for not letting us buy anything"
I just thought what a contrast from other fish stores (including the ones in supermarkets) where they just say here have this oscar and parrot fish together in a 10 gal - you know fish only grow as big at the container, or a great starter fish is a goldfish in that 2 gal bowl.