Rescue from bad care or buy from good?
I was thinking about this earlier, and wanted to see what you guys thought. There is a local aquarium store that recently opened in Edmonds, WA (Aquarium Co-op, check them out!) that happens to have Bettas. They are still kept in small containers but have live plants, frequent water changes, and are very well cared for.
Now my question is this, is it better to rescue a sick fish from a store giving bad care, or buy a healthy one from a store that gives good care?
Initially I thought immediately that the latter was the best idea, but then I got to thinking. The ones in the store who keep them healthy are more likely to go to a good home because they're in a local specialty fish store, where most customers are probably knowledgeable. And the unhealthy fish in some chain stores are more likely to go home with someone who might not give proper care. However, supporting local stores that provide good care for their animals is important, and I think it's a great thing to do. And the chain stores will keep filling those empty spaces with more fish that won't be treated well, which just keeps the cycle going (although one person who quits buying their fish won't make an impact). With so many pros and cons, the right answer doesn't seem as clear, at least to me.
So, which do YOU think is the better choice?
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