I get that attitude from a lot of customers. Thats why now I just end up selling 3 medium plecos to people with a 20g tank to do 'clean up'. People dont like to be lectured or informed, even if its for the welfare of the fish. They get rude or uppity, especially since I am a younger female, I dont get taken very seriously because people view me as just another associate who will bag you fish because the 'fish guys' are not there. One recent sale was a yellow lab for this guy because his betta jumped out of this 2.5g tank and he wanted something 'cooler' to replace it. He insisted that it was fine when I kept telling him it was not. I sold him it. He asked for another one. I refused. Is this really the right of a person to buy an animal to mistreat? Feeder food I understand, but I hate selling fish that will most likely die just for the whims of people.
being male or female has nothing to do with it, age really has nothing to do with it.
-most clerks will tell me the plecos keep a tank clean by eating other fish's poo
-schooling fish prefer to be kept in odd numbers
-50% waterchange is WAAAY too much
-change your filter media every 2 weeks to keep it clean
personally, I don't feel that I need to justify myself to anyone.
There is nothing wrong with providing information, in fact, there is a lot of good in that. Just remember you don't know it all nor do I. When some clerk tells me I need to feed my dwarf puffers meaty foods like chopped clams and beefheart I don't want to spend the next half hour to correct them.
But when the line is crossed and store clerks become 'Fish Police" then I take my business elsewhere. There are several petco I will not enter for this reason.
20L My Other Tank: OEBT Shrimp
40B Inlaws Tank: 2 goldfish
75 Main Tank w/ sump: 5 Glossolepis pseudoincisus, 5 Melanotaenia boesemani, 10 Melanotaenia praecox, 5 Melanotaenia lacustris, some cories, a bn pleco and rainbow fish fry