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  1. NoahG
    04-28-2012 01:02 PM - permalink
    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.
  2. Oldfishlady
    04-28-2012 08:20 AM - permalink
    Do you have a thread on this that I can take a look at...need more info........I only use and recommend natural treatments/methods-if you want medications/pesticides you might want to contact Sakura
  3. NoahG
    04-27-2012 08:54 PM - permalink
    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's not too often I feel that way, but tonight...
  4. dramaqueen
    04-27-2012 07:25 PM - permalink
    If his poop is stringy then yeah, he may have parasites. I'm going to refer you to OldFishLady for treatment.
  5. NoahG
    04-22-2012 04:12 PM - permalink
    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.
  6. NoahG
    04-21-2012 09:31 PM - permalink
    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.
  7. NoahG
    04-21-2012 08:55 PM - permalink
    I'm about three hours away in Corning -- though I'm actually planning to transfer to SUNY Albany once I get my associate's completed (and can afford to, of course).
  8. kathstew
    04-18-2012 04:34 PM - permalink
    Anyway, as long as you aren't planning to breed, then I say a petstore should be fine. Check to see if there are any reptile or exotic pet stores in your area, as they generally have some beautiful leos. Also, I don't know how much you know about the morphs of leos (kinda like the different tail types of bettas - where there is a variety of different kinds in one species), but generally pet stores only carry "normal" leopard geckos. If you want a different morph, a breeder is the best way to go. There are a lot of reptile expos happening lately, so I'd check to see if there are any around you, as you can really get deals at them!
  9. kathstew
    04-18-2012 04:30 PM - permalink
    Hello aqua! I do own leopard geckos! I have 11 I think, including my sister's 2. :P I am also breeding them, I have seven eggs waiting to hatch! :D
    Generally I don't recommend buying from chain petstores, as a lot of them can be sick, but I do know a few people who have been successful with store bought leos. I say go to the store, and see how they house it; are the leos on correct substrate (nothing loose like sand, or bark chips), are they fed correctly (crickets, worms etc), do they look healthy (clear eyes, have some weight to them) etc. If the store appears to take good care of them, then I would buy from them. Don't listen to what petstores say advice wise, as most times their info is out of date and just plain wrong!
    I go on a forum called the leopard gecko forum, which is where I got a lot of my info on leopard geckos. My first ever leo was a rescue who was fairly sick, but they helped me nurse her back to health. :) I'm kathstew on there as well.
  10. Oldfishlady
    04-11-2012 05:07 PM - permalink
    To be honest I don't know that much about the moss ball other than what I have read-never had one myself-they are type of algae and will use excessive byproducts created by organics in the system-and tolerate low light conditions-health problems I have no idea but I wouldn't think they would cause any problems with livestock unless they start to die fouling the water....Be sure and post this question on the main forum if you haven't already-lot of members keep them and could help answer your questions from personal experience.....

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