Well, at the very least, we should petition to make it a requirement for these stores to put REAL information by the Bettas, and to put a pamphlet with all the MAJOR info (Like tank size, the water temperature, how much to feed, how to do an Epsom salt treatment, etc.) in when they sell the fish, and then they should offer extra ones with more information if someone wants to know. I think that if we simply GAVE people the information, they'd do more for their fish.
I'm pretty sure the only reason why most people don't do that for their fish is they are too lazy to research themselves.
I mean, I'm an animal freak (Mostly for horses :P) (And no, I'm not an insane PETA supporter, I think PETA is insane), but the first thing I did when I came home that night was get online to research Bettas. I got on here, discovered it was not what I thought it was, and went out the very next day to buy a tank and everything that he needed.
I'm one of those people who wants the best for every animal, from the smallest little fish to a huge animal like a horse (I would say elephant, but who owns one of those besides a zoo?). That's why I spent $90 on him that day, and $40 on him last week, and $15 on him last night. I want him to be healthy, so I'm going to do my best to give him a good home for as long as possible.
They're such beautiful fish, and an aquarium will improve the fish's lifespan, which means you can enjoy them for a lot longer. Also, a full-blown glass aquarium will last 10x longer than a crappy little "Betta Bowl." That's 10 times as many fish that live in it. Who wouldn't want that? And without a hood, they're about 50% cheaper too for a 10 gallon, and you don't NEED an aquarium light. A lamp works too. As long as the tank is covered and you have some light source by it, you're fine (Hehe that's what I'm doing because the hoods were too expensive- we're getting one next month).
RIP Mister Fishy :(
Mister Fishy II (Fishy, Agent II)- solid red double tail male
Flor Azul (AKA Azul, Zully, Azzy, Zu, Zul, Az)- royal blue and white butterfly delta male
Last edited by wildmagic713; 12-18-2010 at 12:03 PM.