hey, not sure if you are willing to drive this far but they have this awesome sale going on at my LPS. You cue got a 10 gal with filter fore 20 bucks!!!!! It's at bensons pet center, 12 fire road, clifton park ny 12065.
Hey, I happened to be wondering if you had any extra live plants that cover the top of the water? (duckweed etc.) If so, are you willing to sell/give some to me? Thanks! its just that my tank is quite plain so I wanted a live plant and I don't exactly trust petsmart/co. If you don't have any, do you know anyone that does? I'll check in the classifieds too.
I know. She was soooooo proud when her daughter's betta lived for 5 months. I said that if she got a heater it could've lived longer. All the people I know plan before getting a dog but then, with smaller animals (fish, rabbits, hamsters etc.) they just get them like nothing. I'm glad the local shelter does not have adoptable fish. Many other shelters around here have fish so I asked them why they did not. The shelter said that they could not afford to have the water tested and change the water every few days so they chose not to take any in. I was glad to here that because I thought they, like everyone else, would just say that nobody wants fish or that they die off so easily.
Trust me, while more people "plan" before getting a dog, it's really not by much unfortunately...both as regards the planning, and the number of people who do it. :/
I really hate the throw-away attitude people have about animals as well, especially fish. Especially when it's quite literally "throw away." People are amazing in that sense...people are impressed when a goldfish lives three or five years, and all I can think is that they could live a lot longer if they had been kept in something suitable.
Yeah, I wish people could think of bettas like a dog. With dogs, people plan before getting them, but bettas, not so much. Heres a current conversation I had with a friend not so long ago.
her: My daughters will be giving away goldfish for party favors.
me: Oh, okay. Rather suitable because they don't require heaters for their tanks.
her: Yeah, if they aren't chosen, they can just go in the trash because they are quite cheap.
me: *wince* But you should think about getting them a nice tank! After all, they do live awhile.
Then we spend a few more minutes debating weather or not goldfish live a long time. I walk away thinking well, they could live longer than 1 week if you knew how to care for them! Sorry for being so angry like but their are just soooooo many people that don't appreciate a living animal for who they are and think of them as "throw-away pets."
I've been pretty good when it comes to educating people -- some people just won't be educated, but you get that regardless of the fish or even the animal. Technically we could refuse the sale, but that's more difficult with the Bettas given that people can just grab their cups and take them to the register.
Of course, sometimes, like today, I feel like they have at least as much chance being sold as they do being at the store...it's not too often I feel that way, but tonight...
Well, she can take it from a pet store employee: no, they don't. Some know very little, in fact.
I think I'm actually about the only one at work who recommends people get a heater for their Bettas...which is frustrating when I try to tell people that their fish will really be better off with a heater, and then, because it's cheaper and somehow more of a hassle, they ask another employee if they really do and, when they're apparently told no, they go with their word instead.
It's like...really? We recommend heaters for every single other tropical fish we sell, why aren't we recommending them for the Bettas?
Or decide I must not know what I'm talking about since they had never heard it before, or again decide it's more than they want to pay for a fish or is too much of a hassle, and completely blow off my advice. I've contemplated eventually opening up my own LF/LPS someday, and this has actually made me seriously consider whether or not to sell Bettas.
Yeah, my friend gets all mad when I tell her "you should really get a heater for your 1 gallon!" Then she's like "Well, the petsmart people said they don't need any and plus, petstore associates know about all the fish!" I always wince when I hear this. lol
Haha, it's about the same here really. Even at work, as knowledgeable as they are about a lot of other fish, there are some flaws in their information regarding the Bettas. So I work on educating when I can. Try to, at least.