ok so i think people are becoming increasingly more ignorant in the 'indirect' portion of the hobby, i.e. big chain stores, i.e. PetSmart.
PetSmart adds alot of salt to their aquariums, I know this because I hang out there about twice a week to shoot the $hit with a fellow hobbiest. And he showed me the 'daily logs/maintenance books'. anyhow...they ran out of aquarium salt..and this is the conversation that ensued between a manager on duty, me, and a clerk: [ABSTRACT]
hey uhhh...yea....I dont know what to do..we kinda..uhh ran out of salt for the aquarium...wont they die without it? if we dont get some in soon everyhting will die because they need the salt right?
(keep in mind they carry only freshwater fish)
no they are not salt water fish [clerk name edit]. this cant be, i just ordered some more for the shipment that came in yesterday! I cant *uck*n believe this! [name edit], get down to the grocery store and get some of those big bags of water softener salt. We need ot get salt in there.
uhhhh sir, I dont believe thats a good idea. besides the fact that you have no idea the composition of the salt your planning on throwing in there, there is no way you can in any way accurately measure the amount your putting in; the concentrations are way different from aquarium salt. softener salt is not sea salt, and frankly, are not interchangeable. salt just doesnt disappear from the water either, a few days without any additions wont matter in the least.
:salt is salt, and who are you telling me how to do my job?
to clerk: go get the salt!
im not telling you how to do anyhting, im just offering my advice.
well if i wanted your help id ask for it.
i doubt that.
forget it. good luck explaining the massive extinction to your bosses.
2 days later, i went back to check the damage. they lost every cory, most of the angels, all of their scaleless fish (puffers, knife's, etc.) and a slew of community fish. i was not shocked, but i didnt think the guy would screw up that bad. he didnt even call anyone to check if that was ok to do. so hes now fired. i tried, and lo, was shut down as usual. I guess I have to have a degree in one hand and a handgun in the other to get through to people.
anyone have similar experiences to share? (not necessarily including lots of fish