Was browsing Etsy tonight, a website where you can purchase custom crafts from vendors, for betta fish art and jewelry. I am a complete betta nerd, lol.
Anyway, during my search I came across a seller advertising empty liquor bottles as "custom betta bowls" and such. I shudder to think about a betta in that tiny bottle, and how in the world do you get him in and out of the neck of the bottle much less do routine cleanings? Very VERY angry about this advertising. I would hate for some ignorant person to purchase this and try to make their betta live in it.
Hope I haven't treaded on any toes as the listing is still up (2 days later) and thought it might be best to gently nudge in numbers. I have contacted Etsy asking them to re-assess whether the listing is indeed a suitable one for their site as it is one that really goes against the spirit of Etsy as it just reeks of cruelty. I basically phrased it as a question as to whether they wish to be viewed as a group which advocates the storage of Betta fish in liquor bottles. Hopefully it'll be withdrawn but I'm not holding my breath.
Last edited by Spike34; 04-22-2013 at 04:25 PM.
I contacted you to inform you about the "betta bottles" that you sell. You suggest that these less then 1/2 gallon bottles be used for fish, but these do not make suitable homes for them. I am a betta breeder, keeper, and hobbyist, and I own over 100 bettas.
Bettas are native to Thailand, where the water temperature stays between 76 and 86 degrees fahrenheit. To maintain this temperature, a heater is required. There is no where or way to put a heater in these bottles. If bettas are to cold, their immunity is compromised, leaving them susceptible to disease. Keeping bettas in cold water dramatically decreases their lifespan.
In a container this small, a toxic substance called ammonia (which all fish excrete) will build up very rapidly. Ammonia burns and eventually kills the fish in a very painful manner.
Bettas are anabantoids, meaning they use a special organ called the labyrinth to breath air from the surface. To do this, there must be sufficient amounts of oxygen available to them. In these bottles, the airflow is not enough. A betta could potentially suffocate living in one of these.
There are many, many things wrong with keeping an animal in one of these liquor bottles. The betta in the picture that you show is very unhealthy and close to death. Advertising improper betta habitats like this only increases the incidence of animal cruelty committed by people who do not do their own proper research. I know I am not the first to file a complaint against this product. Please change this advertisement and remove the false information about keeping bettas like this. I am prepared to contact etsy if this does not change.
I would suggest that more people contact them with a similar message. The more pressure they receive, the more likely they are to remove it.