Was in a LFS yesterday and a lady was in there with her two kids. Both probably 10-13 years of age and they had talked mom into buying them their first fish tank. Now I know how business works. Sell more stuff, make more money. But as the sale person was talking to this mom with two kids in tow..the sales person kept saying oh you need this, you need this or your fish will die, oh you need this and don't forget this as she filled up this lady's basket. And then came the fish. Brand new tank. Basket full of products, colorful gravel and probably 20 fish. Fake plants and a bottle of prime. I wanted to interject but stopped when the lady asked the sales person. Do i really need all this stuff? Waiting for that answer seemed like a lifetime. The sales girl calmly shocked her head yes and replied. Well, if you want to be successful in this hobby. I have to vent here a moment. The hobby has all this stuff but no one ever really explains why, or even if you need it. I feel that is a real problem. Maybe it's just me but have you ever stopped and asked yourself, do i really need this? Anyone else ever stopped and helped a new hobbyist? What would you have done in this situation?