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Soothing Shrimp 12-28-2012 04:40 PM

Stupid questions from others?
OKay, the question that most irritates me when people see my tanks is "Do you eat them?"

This happens so often I've developed a standard explanation, "Some fish are for eating like Salmon, and some fish are just for being pretty like gold fish. The same with shrimp. These are the pretty kind for a tank." yadda yadda

I talked to someone else who had that question and he said, "Sure you can eat them for $2000 a pound." LOL

Has anyone else had "Stupid" questions from others who see your tanks?

What is your reply?

Betta Maniac 12-28-2012 04:44 PM

"Are those real plants?" is the one that always makes me give people *the look*.

Dany08fa 12-28-2012 05:01 PM

I get stupid questions all the time.... I can understand if its like a breeding question, what plant is that, what is this used for..... But when i feel its just plain common sense I usually give a smartass remark. Also, i sometimes wanna punch the person in the face when they say a remark like "not even that hard to do...." theyve never owned an aquarium before and have no background knowledge of it and they assume they can breed shrimp and setup a high tech planted tank.

Drewsplantednutz 12-28-2012 05:01 PM

Im a avid fisherman, been fishing my whole life. My mom seen my tank for the first time the otherday and she actually didnt ask that question. She asked if I used them as bait. i said yes mom, I use a $5 beautiful red and white shrimp to catch trout. "Five dollars for that thing, you got ripped off". then I had to explain how one mother could get me about 20 $5 shrimp and that they are so new to the aquatic seen that I feel like im contributing to the development of these soon to be world wide pets. I got way to into it for my mom so she just walked away.

slavecorps 12-28-2012 05:01 PM

People ask me if I eat my shrimp too...aggravating.

acitydweller 12-28-2012 05:04 PM

i find that politely ignoring people often is an art in itself

Drewsplantednutz 12-28-2012 05:09 PM

Oh yeah, and for the people that really dont understand I tell them its a step up from freshwater fish keeping and a step down from saltwater and that I plan on keeping saltwater but it is more difficult. If that makes sense.

Geniusdudekiran 12-28-2012 05:13 PM

"Are those real plants?"
"I like how low maintenance it seems, so peaceful and uninvolved."
"Wow, I've never seen those at PetSmart before."

Better yet, I have found it to be even more amusing/annoying when they answer their own questions:
"Of course, those aren't real plants, right?"
"So you eat them in, like, ramen noodles, right?"
"I used to have some of those just like that when I was a kid."

By far the most annoying, though, is when they insult the hobby and its costs upon my accurate, patient explanation:
"Why the hell would anyone spend $120 on a glass box?" (Ha!)
"That's stupid, $60 for one shrimp?"
"But of course, you don't actually really make any money off of this, right?"

They usually back down when I tell them I make more than my friends who work at restaurants through my website.

Knotyoureality 12-28-2012 05:25 PM

One of the more disheartening aspect of humanity for me is how prevelant it is that folks will only assess value to an object or activity if it brings income.

I'm talking about the joy of maintaining a tank--coworker says I should start a business doing it, or that I should just hire someone else to do it for me.

Post a photo of a cool shrimp variant that's turned up in my tank--get asked how much I plan on selling them for. When I say I'm just raising them for my own enjoyment, the person launches into suggestions for selling them on-line "it'd be easy!!". Yeah, right.

As for the "Do you eat them" question?

"Do you eat your pets?"

Betta Maniac 12-28-2012 05:29 PM


Originally Posted by Knotyoureality (Post 2130036)
One of the more disheartening aspect of humanity for me is how prevelant it is that folks will only assess value to an object or activity if it brings income.

Which is strange, as many people don't expect their own hobby to generate income. How much $$$ are they making re-enacting Civil War battles (is the uniform an "investment"?) or collecting salt and pepper shakers or training for triathlons? But you’re totally right about the aquariums. People often ask me about how much money my “investment” will bring me. So bizarre.

Aquatic Delight 12-28-2012 05:31 PM

when my dad comes over he always says " those plants look fake." and them he goes "i know they are real but they just look fake" he doesn't mean to insult, but it feels that way. i guess it means my plants are super colorful.

Kinection 12-28-2012 05:46 PM

"Why do you keep the lights on for 10 hours?"
"Why is the tank so big for little shrimp?"
"Why do you only have 1 fish in that tank?"
-_- <- explains it all. My mom is the most
annoying person I know.

Big O 12-28-2012 05:53 PM

Stupid questions!
"if you don't eat them, what do you do than, just watch them all day?"
Haha, I wish!

Betta Maniac 12-28-2012 05:54 PM

But let’s be honest, stupid questions don’t just pop up about our shrimp and aquariums. I get soooooooooo tired of people commenting on how much my Mastiff must eat or how much it most cost me to feed him.

AVN 12-28-2012 05:55 PM

I've learned to one up the smartasses, usually will net out a shrimp and offer a sample.

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