Originally Posted by StrangelyNormal
And some of fishkeeping is influenced by culture (thus, people think it's totally fine to go in and demand a goldfish despite having a 1 gallon tank). We go to carnivals and see goldfish getting handed out in tiny tanks to kids who don't know a thing about temperature or ammonia or nitrates or any of it and then they go home and wonder why the goldfish is dead with a bent spine and all their neon tetras were eaten. If you want to help change cultural perception, write to assemblymen and small-government type leaders asking them to stop carnival goldfish in your area. I did and I got an answer - we will be speaking on the phone.
I think this is great point and one of the most important raised. People are just too different IMHO
. It's easy to say 'there's no excuse for not researching because we have smartphones' but it's very easy and reasonable to assume that a fish just needs water to survive if you don't know any different. Everyone remembers there first goldfish brought home from a carnival and is often their earliest encounter with the hobby.
If anything I sympathise with unaware folk walking in to a store and carrying out their first fish. I consider myself a fairly intelligent person and I still made the same mistake. Many of us, if not most of us only research after we have made a mistake and end up finding forums like this in light of errors. Those that know to research things before hand only do so because of previous bad experiences so it's easy to say in hindsight. After all going into a store and asking who they believe is an expert in the hobby is just about the best kind of research you can do.
If they don't choose to take the advice then that is a different story.
What really does my head in with LFS
is the fact that they don't seem to understand that they would gain more custom if they did things properly and helped people from the beginning.
I actually prefer my chain store to my local 'mom and pop's store. They made my first experience with keeping fish a living hell and robbed me in the process.
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