Join Date: Jun 2010
Location: Northern Virginia
I have no problem with buying a healthy fish from a pet store. If the fish are kept in unheated cups, well, that's unavoidable--but those cups still need to be changed and kept in an area where the temperature is at least marginally acceptable. Sometimes fish stores get bad shipments, and we do need to acknowledge that, too. For whatever reason, sometimes a whole shipment of bettas will fall ill and it isn't the pet store's fault. However, if there are consistently multiple sick bettas, I certainly wouldn't buy from that store, and definitely not one of the sick ones. If nothing else is available, and the manager refuses to let obviously sick bettas go for free, I would go to the store on shipment day to be sure that the fish I purchased was at least healthy. There are bettas being given away on craigslist every day--if you want to rescue a mistreated fish without supporting a pet store, that's a great way to do it.
Last edited by Adastra; 10-13-2010 at 01:38 AM.