04-25-2010, 12:33 PM
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^^ Totally agree.
Everyone has a learning curve, and learn over time. When I first started keeping betta's several years ago, I had no idea what I was doing. My first few betta's I got from the pet store, only lasted a couple months each time. Because I listened to the advice of the pet store, kept them in tiny little containers, and I rarely changed their water.
After I lost a few and went through the heartache of losing my pretty fishes and not knowing why, I joined a tropical fish forum and started posting there, only to be told by everyone that I was doing things very wrong and it needed to change fast before my newest fish Broccoli died too. I heeded their advice, upgraded to a 3 gallon enclosure, did water changes every other day, and began feeding a variety of different foods.
Instead of a couple months, my handsome boy Broccoli lived over 5 years, thanks to the insistance of others telling me that I was doing things wrong and it needed to change.
A lot of times, the advice of others comes from years of trial and error, and experience. I'm glad I listened when I kept getting hounded to do things differently with Broccoli, or he wouldn't have lasted long either.