I was at Petco a few weeks ago browsing and drooling and sobbing over the poorly taken care of but beautiful betta fish.
Of course they have these tiny shelves with separate cubbies that they put each cup in so the betta has his own "room"....
One beautiful fiery orange/red/yellow Crowntail was so stunning....he was flaring at me and moving around so energetically, until I noticed something wrong with him...
His ENTIRE anal fin had COMPLETELY FALLEN OFF.
Or was laying, in one piece, at the bottom of the cup.
All I could think was "WHAT THE HELL!!!!?????"
Of course I begged and pleased for him and one of the suffering baby bettas (very bloated, swimming on side, severe fin rot, only half an inch long!!!) and my mom said NOOOO. She would not let me "waste your money on an animal that is going to DIE in a day anyways!"
I just felt so bad for them though....
Why would an entire fin fall off cleanly and be sitting there peacefully at the bottom of the cup?
Is that finrot?
Because it was freaky.
Also something that made me extremely angry is that on the metal shelves where products are displayed, there was an advertisement for those tiny betta cubes for sale.....they filled up all the way from the top until about 1/8 from the bottom....and on the very bottom shelf, obscured from the light, were around 30 cups with baby bettas in them.
Not just bettas. Baby bettas.
That made me so sad. It was dark down there so I swapped lots of tanks with all 30 of the cups and they had some more light. WHY would you put living, breathing animals somewhere where you KNOW they won't be taken care of or noticed?
That was very cruel...