Olympia - I live in Ontario as well, Toronto area, do we have betta shows? If so could you direct me to where I can learn more about them and go check one out? Thanks =)
I went to check out a LFS recently as well before going to Big Al's it was such a big mistake, beautiful fish stuffed in dirty tanks and just did not look happy, there were no plants or hiding spots for them, just big dirty tanks and they had way too many predatory fish like arowana (sp?) that werent in big enough tanks. When I came to the bettas I just about cried, you know how you get dipping sauce with your pizza? Well they were stuffed in cups maybe an inch or two bigger than that with a TINY x cut in the top for air and the water was so disgusting. The poor fish couldn't even position themselves straight in the cup they were all bent uncomfortably. I couldn't even try and speak to the store owner or employees because they did not speak english very well, *sigh* I think I may go there though eventually and start saving the bettas from there, I can't bear to see them suffer like that. They had a lot of different types of bettas too, surprisingly not many VTs. Plenty of CTs and lots of females.
If you always do what you've always done, then you'll always get what you've always got.