Join Date: Nov 2010
Location: Hawaii- Go Diamond head!
There is another petstore where I got Neon and Velvet (R.I.P.)
It's this place that has pretty small cups. The store itself is freezing, and they usually have 0-30 males, and the same with females.
It may sound bad, but surprisingly it isn't. All of the fish are very healthy and active for such a situation, and the cups are kept very clean. The Bettas don't appear fat or skinny, so they obviously get fed perfectly. Unfortunatly the cups get stacked /= But at least they cup holes in the lid (the cup and lid has no holes, so there is one that they cut in on the lid..)
Another LPS keeps 10-15 males at a time, and 1-4 females at a time. They sell beautiful Bettas and have pristine water and are SUPER active for cup-Bettas. The females are kept in a sorority tank, if they're getting used to eachother they live in cups floating, but they all get released once they're ready. They also ask about your setup to make sure that it's good for the fish you buy c=
ANOTHER pet store... petco. They keep... eh... kinda decent care of their Bettas. A little over half usually have pristine cups, are very active and healthy looking. The others are dead, coated in fungus and/or mold, very sick, and in terrible condition. It doesn't make sense... but some of those Bettas were obviously there forever. I know this because There was a female I wanted and I saw it and returned 3 weeks later and she was still there along with the others and still pretty healthy. So I guess their health gets worse the longer they're there, so a bunch probably stay for months. The VT's most likely die there.
One more LFS. Just one. It's a military pet store, and the Bettas are really sad.
They only keep a few at like 60 degrees. There are a few males and only 4-5 females at most, all in cups. They all sit there and don't move unless you move the cup. Once I saw a male who was sprawled out on the bottom of his cup tilted on his side but still alive )=> Poor thing was dying. Those Bettas also have a high rate of inflamed gills, popped eyes, and rotted-fins.
WOW. That was a long post...
If guppies are jewels, than Bettas must be rainbows
Proud owner of Neon, Ryu, and a still unnamed CT