« Last post by Jon @ Work on May 22, 2013, 04:46:01 PM »
Hey guys, I was in my local non-chain pet store today looking for a fish for my daughter. Long story short, I bought her a mini 1.5g desk tank, already scaped & cycled ready for an inhabitant. Getting back to the pet store, I was looking at the betas and I turned and asked the guy if he had a mini heater for my tank. He then goes off on what sounded like a pre-rehearesed speech about how betas are cold water fish and they don't need a heater in their tanks.
I then attempted to explain to the guy that betas are tropical and need to have a pretty constant warm temp in their tanks. He then starts his speech again about how his in the store are "doing fine" in the cups without heat. At this point I look at his betas, and they all looked lethargic as hell...o. Like just plain miserable. I almost started to tell him that his store has a constant temp so that they really don't need heaters in the cups, but I decided that it was just not worth it. I didn't buy anything this trip, but he does have a gorgeous metallic blue half moon with a black trimmed tail that I might have to go get.
Anyway, so was the guy an idiot or was he right, or is there some grey area? For the record, my 5 gallon, single occupant beta tank has had a heater from day one, and will continue to have one until someone comes forward with some pretty substantial research showing that they don't really need heat.