Oh wow... I mean, serious? This thread was intended to inform, not create hysteria or scare people from buying fish. This had been taken way out of context, and some (such as Finn) would not of freaked out if others didn't jump the bandwagon and go on the attack instead of discussing something that is serious.
We're not talking about how all bettas have this and how rare it happens, etc.. what BB is trying to say is that there is a strong strain that has recently surfaced and is going on the attack big time as of late.
That's it. A warning. "Hey, this strain of this serious bacteria has been popping up lately in mass amounts more than normal, so take precautions when you get new fish". And she stated her troubles with it.
How in the world it got into a debate, why people would attack, is beyond me. People who are out there buying sick fish because they want to "rescue" a betta need this warning. It's crazy to go out and buy a sick fish, in my opinion. I personally have too much time and money placed into my couple dozen bettas that are for breeding to not listen to people who have had to deal with this. If you have one fish, then there is no reason to panic.. if you have just a few fish there is no reason to panic. But the lesson still stands - take care when you purchase sick fish. Or don't risk the health of your current fish (regardless of the numbers) and just don't buy a sick fish. Simple as that.
To attack and say this thread is creating hysteria, etc is just silly.. it wasn't until someone/s went on the attack did someone "freak out" about it. It's the people who walk around the crowd whispering in the ears of the people saying "Oh hey, this person is speaking of the devil! That person knows something we don't and is warning us of doom! Witch! Witch! Watch your children run and scream in fear because this is witchcraft!", those people whispering in the ears are what creates hysteria. Someone giving vital information and warning that a certain strain has become troublesome as of late is nothing to argue against. If specialists are saying that this strain has popped up and is being very aggressive recently then that is what is happening, has nothing to do with whether or not these fish carry a different strain of it all the time. Not talking about that. Talking about this particular strain and how it's going on the attack right now wide spread. That's it.
You have had your fish for years and it's been healthy, and you don't plan on buying any new fish any time soon.. then why worry? This is just to let people know to be careful with new fish that has been taken way out of context/hand.
I mean, seriously.. to argue because someone is warning of what is happening in the betta trade right now is not helping anyone.
On a side note - I need to talk to a breeder friend of mine, and get with you BB (will do it on B.Source), as your picture is exactly what one of mine I got from a breeder looked like before I put him down yesterday.. 20 years of raising fish, one case of Ich, no other disease has affected any of my fish, deaths only from old age and I just had exactly what that picture shows happen to an import that has been passed around to a few breeders before he came to me.. those visual symptoms are what he had, no other symptom was noticed other then lethargy, ruled out dropsy (may not of had a sick fish, but spent the better part of 2 years researching illnesses in bettas and what my guy had was new to me). So in fact if this strain is as active as it is showing to be, and if people are being warned about it (talking about specialists warning) then this is of high concern to people who breed/show fish. I can't say for sure this guy has it, and I'm not going to freak out about it. But because of this I will be taking precautions, warn the breeders who have had this particular fish and see if I lose another. If I lose another fish the same way then I will take the steps to get it tested, etc and go from there. No one should freak out about a warning. I have a reason to and I'm not.. have just purchased 3 more imports that should be here today or tomorrow, I will take extra precautions.. no big deal. And it should be a concern to anyone who is actively purchasing fish, sick fish.
I wish I didn't get rid of the body yesterday.. I would of liked to of gotten him tested because if he has it then there are a couple great breeders that I need to warn.
THANK YOU BB, even if people are jumping on the bandwagon of trying to argue for the sake of arguing, the warning you gave is a very good one and should be appreciated.
Sorry, may not of been the best to jump in, but I just saw no reason for the assault on BB and her post.
Not about not buying fish.. it's about taking precautions when introducing new fish.. being a little scared is fine, as it gets you to thinking about being careful, etc and that is a good thing. Please, can we just stop attacking the messenger here, and instead discuss ways to help reduce the risk of this becoming even more wide spread?
Breeder so I have too many to count and too many named to list here!
Last edited by Myates; 01-17-2013 at 10:44 AM.