I love that you are trying to educate the people around you about it, its something I wish I could do but am too scared to do lol. I'm slowly educating my immediate family since they sometimes ask questions about my tank and fish.Having anxiety, I find I hard sometimes to tell someone (especially someone I’m friends with) that they’re doing everything wrong with their fish. It took me about 10 tries before I convinced my friend’s mom to move her goldfish out of an unfiltered, 3-gallon tank with insane levels of ammonia. Luckily, now that I’ve gotten through to her she is taking interest in the whole “fish keeping” thing and has moved them temporarily into a 20-gallon and will be relocating them to my pond in the spring.
But I haven’t had the same luck with everyone. I’ve been dropping hints to my neighbor that she needs to move her betta out of the tiny, unheated, unfiltered tank he’s in now. He seems super depressed. They even think he’s dead sometimes, he’s so inactive. At this point I don’t think there’s much of a point to talking to her, the betta is reaching the end of his lifespan. If she tries to stick a new one in that tank I’m really going to try and talk her into a bigger tank, I might even buy her one because it makes me sad every time I walk into her house and see him.
I get what a lot of you guys are saying, that sometimes it’s just tiring and annoying to try and talk everyone you meet into giving their fish a better life. But I think I’m going to continue doing it, no matter who it is or what their relationship to me is, because even if I save one fish I’m going to feel accomplished.
I'm so happy that your friends mom is slowly getting an interest in the hobby it seems your making a lot of progress, unfortunately sometimes you can't help everyone but your still making a difference