How Would/do You React In This Scenario

Discussion in 'More Freshwater Aquarium Topics' started by Krats, Jul 20, 2017.

  1. Krats

    KratsNew MemberMember

    Hello everyone! So, I am perplexed as to how to react to this sort of situation, and I've encountered it several times before. I have a friend who's just gotten a betta fish (and by just, I mean she literally got it today) and she has it in one of those "betta tanks". You know, the ones that are less than a gallon and don't have a filter? I know that bettas are a hardier species, but I hate how everyone believes the myth that they live in tiny puddles and are ok with this sort of treatment. How do/would you act knowing that that betta isn't in the right sort of set up?
  2. FishFish221

    FishFish221Well Known MemberMember

    Tell them to do some research.
  3. dartzy

    dartzyValued MemberMember

    Be honest with your friend and tell them how you feel. Your concern with their betta and teach them about best care for the fish. Good luck.
  4. NavigatorBlack

    NavigatorBlackFishlore VIPMember

    I would visit with some nice images of good Betta set ups. Positive reinforcement - show how well bettas can adapt to good conditions, and talk a bit about how they live (and how long they can live).

    Often, people on forums come off as righteous self proclaimed experts, because we don't explain ourselves or offer alternatives. We all do it sometimes. Offering outrage is a waste of energy all around. See if you can build something good with your friend by offering positive possibilities.

    If you say "You need a $30 tank, now!", my brain is likely to fix on $30.
    If you say "Look at this - you see how the betta is doing..." my brain is likely to jump to "How do I do this too?"

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