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Inga 08-26-2010 01:54 PM

Another pet shop experience
 
Well, Oliver and I just got back from the pet shop. We went directly to the fish section as I was looking for some more plants. They are supposed to get their shipments in late Wednesday so I tend to look on Thursdays when I can for the best selection. I got there just as the gal had just scooped out a dozen feeder Goldfish for another woman and her child.

I asked the woman what she was feeding those to? She said, "Oh, we are going to put them in our classroom tank, we are setting it up today" I said, "oh, you don't have it set up yet?" I then was able to at least talk her into a bunch of plants, some Prime and give her a quick coaching session on care. I also told her that the goldfish would soon be too big for her 40 gallon tank, especially 12 of them. She was incredibly thankful that I told her these things and the gal that worked there was all of a sudden coming up with all these products that she should buy. I wonder if they work on commission?
While she was madly hunting the shelves for more, I was able to tell the lady to disregard those products and keep it simple. Prime, water changes, keep a close eye on water parameters.

Sadly, she did keep the goldfish and said they give them away at the end of the school year. Parents set tanks up in wait for their new fish. At least I was able to let her know that there was more to be learned and that she could teach the kids a better way to care for fish. Hopefully, she will continue to research on her own. She seemed like she would.

kitten_penang 08-26-2010 02:07 PM

bless ya inga you probably saved those goldies =)

Inga 08-26-2010 02:16 PM

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Originally Posted by kitten_penang (Post 456455)
bless ya inga you probably saved those goldies =)

Hopefully. I had to bite my tongue so I didn't say "why the heck would you be buying fish before you even have the tank set up?" I have learned over the years however, you will attract more flies with honey, so to speak.

kitten_penang 08-26-2010 02:19 PM

=) lol good thinking.

CaliforniaFishkeeper 08-26-2010 02:23 PM

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Originally Posted by Inga (Post 456467)
Hopefully. I had to bite my tongue so I didn't say "why the heck would you be buying fish before you even have the tank set up?" I have learned over the years however, you will attract more flies with honey, so to speak.

This wouldn't be the first time someone thought they could just throw a goldfish in a bowl with some tap water and feed it some flakes once or twice a week and have it live. What's worse is when they die and I tell them it's because of how it was kept, I'll get some nonsense like: "But he lasted a whole year!" or before the fish dies and I tell them it's unhappy I'll get "Fish only have 3 second memories! They don't have feelings!"

God help all the fish in the world with idiots like this roaming around. Best bet says those goldies are dead in a week or two.

kitten_penang 08-26-2010 02:26 PM

amen to that


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