03-10-2012, 01:22 PM
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Thank you for posting this.
I've too often seen employees at chain stores spreading misinformation, especially selling Plecos. People see them as a 3" little sucker fish that will keep their tank spotless (a misconception), assuming that it'll grow to the size of the tank (another misconception) and never get bigger than a few inches. They're an inexpensive fish and abundant, so they often get tossed into small tanks that are wholly inappropriate for their potential size in the future.
When we adopted a cat at the SPCA, we were given an application form to make sure we had suitable living conditions for the cat, and the ability to properly care for it. There's days I wish that the same requirements were established for buying fish, especially the monster fish.