I thought bettas forgotten in a cup in a store was sad... Even sadder are bad betta breeders...
I was happy to know betta craze hit spain slowly and is becoming a popular hobby.
But people began breeding them for just profit rather than love for the hobby.
It all began when I became friends with a breeder. He keeps his tanks super clean, and breeds taking genetics into account to make beautiful hardy plakats. Also HMs but he likes plakats more.
Thanks to him I slowly met some other breeders. And they told me how they have their tanks etc--
I was horrified by some... while some are very good, some were terrible!!!
There were a few that just let their betta die when they didn't sell or they were uninterested in them by not changing the water anymore--
Some kept them in small tequila shot glasses...
It never occurred to me that there were such bad breeders. Seeing the bettas as nothing but money makers...
Thus I took it on myself to make a breeder adoption agency; I'm preparing a shelf with a heater cable integrated to hold at least 12 bettas at the time. For now I just use my water tank method-- those heater cables with adjustable temp isn't cheap... 65 euro. XD I might stick to the heater tank but I would like to try the dry cable method.
I offered these breeders to take in fish they didn't want and could not sell and find them homes under these conditions:
1- They cannot demand money from me when donating
2- Must be relatively healthy (No terminal diseases)
3- They cannot demand money from those who adopt their bettas
4- I can only hold 12 bettas at the time.
5- Breeders cannot demand their betta's back once donated
It's a non-profit thing I am offering. I make no money out of it, and neither do the breeders. Sadly I cannot save all the bettas they dispose of, but at least 12 bettas will find good homes and have clean warm water, medical care and anything they need till then.
I chose 12 even though my shelf can handle more because I'm considering the factor time/money. I want to give them proper care and do not wish to be overwhelmed and too tired to not be able to give them what they need.
Also I have bettas of my own that need my attention and love too :)