It's official, our local Petco is the WORST in the area for Betta care
I was trying to kill time today since I got to wilkes barre half an hour too early to meet my mom, so I went to Petco since I was at petsmart (same plaza) only 2 days ago.
ok... they normally suck for betta care, but this was ridiculous!!! Forget the dozen or so bettas with swim bladder desease and fin rott... you had bettas thin enough to make a european run way model look fat, the tiny cups were not even 1/2 full with water, and there were at least half a dozen fish with so much fin missing I just teared up.
There was an elephant ear halfmoon (mislabeled just a halfmoon) that was missing entire chunks of it's pectoral fins on the tops and bottoms saving only enough in the middle to see it's an EE... and a couple of other little guys with half their tails missing, or with bad ammonia burns.
They shouldn't even sell them if they are just going to let them suffer! It was such a pity, and there were some beautiful ones in a sorry state to add to that. A black super delta butterfly, a metalic blue halfmoon with red and black buttefly tail and fins, and his brother was nearly identical but metalic greenish and just a touch less black.
I really shouldn't go in there again I suppose, it makes me sooo angry.
You know what would be awesome? If they could set up a volunteer organization to randomly do water quality and facility checks on the aquariums and betta cups at pet stores. So an unannounced and random check... the certified volunteer goes in, takes note of how the fish are kept, temperatures, crowding issues or bad stocking, food opened and available for the employees to give the fish at the time of the visit for the fish, and a quality test.
Then, anyone that gets a low score on the random check will have to pay a hefty fine. Let's improve the care of the aquatic animals... since pet stores only seem to give any real effort to the furry pets! (sometimes not even, but who speaks for the fish? The aspca and PETA certainly don't live up to their animal loving reputations when fish get involved)