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Old 05-21-2011, 07:29 PM   #21 
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Yeah, I'd say it depends on the individual petco. I've gotten all of my bettas from there, and they seem to take fairly good care of them. And, at the risk of sounding like a pessimist, I doubt they're going to stop selling them no matter how many people boycott. For every one person who "gets it" and cares, there's going to be at least twenty who are going to continue buying them and/or simply not care. For me, it's pretty much the only place I can go to to get bettas, other than a petsmart who takes even worse care of them. AB isn't an option for me.
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Old 05-22-2011, 05:19 AM   #22 
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I've never seen particularly diabolically cared-for Bettas for sale, mainly because they're somewhat hard to find in the UK.
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Old 05-22-2011, 05:45 AM   #23 
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I have to agree, here in South Africa we dont have petco's nor walmart (altho they might be coming here!)

Its something I miss tho, because the prices we pay for tanks and so forth makes it an expensive hobby, that is why
I only have 2 betta's for now.

Luckily I have 2 very good LPS near me. The one keeps his betta's in big tanks with a few tank mates. And they look beautiful. The other one keeps their betta's in little dividers in the big tanks - It seems a bit cruel to me so I havent bought any betta's from them altho I got my goldies from them because their other fish stock is amazing.

I prefer going to the one guy close to me, he chats for ages and has taught me a lot as well as me teaching him a lot. He is also willing to help me find a local betta breeder that does have more varieties than just the veiltails that we normally get here. He loved the pics that i took of my betta tank and is now telling everyone to do it my way. He also told me he wont sell the 1gallon tanks anymore to prevent people from getting the wrong tank for their betta! How awesome is that!
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Old 05-22-2011, 08:08 AM   #24 
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I have to agree, here in South Africa we dont have petco's nor walmart (altho they might be coming here!)
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I prefer going to the one guy close to me, he chats for ages and has taught me a lot as well as me teaching him a lot. He is also willing to help me find a local betta breeder that does have more varieties than just the veiltails that we normally get here. He loved the pics that i took of my betta tank and is now telling everyone to do it my way. He also told me he wont sell the 1gallon tanks anymore to prevent people from getting the wrong tank for their betta! How awesome is that!
That's fantastic!

I do think that one of the major culprits is the manufacturers that are selling the products. Even the reasonable setups have unreasonable photos on the boxes of the kits--way too many fish pictured in a five gallon "starter" set, for example. We are all (well, almost all) buying equipment from companies that also selling sub-standard Betta bowls or encouraging poor setups. One employee I talked to at a Petsmart said that it can be extremely difficult to talk new fish owners into good practices when there are all of those splashy photos on the boxes! She was SO happy I was buying a heater for the Betta I got!

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Old 04-14-2015, 12:29 PM   #25 
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I know this is old; I'm sorry, I just had to chime in --

We don't have a LFS nearby (within 50 miles), so only option is Petco.

I abhor the conditions these fish are kept in. Tux was in a small cup full of dirty, floaty water that looked like it hadn't been changed in a week, on the shelf next to a cup with a DEAD betta in it. The fish all look tiny, dull, and weary. It's like they're put on a shelf and forgotten about!

(It's a shame, too, because the resident "Fish Expert" I've talked to many times is very passionate, knowledgeable, helpful, honest, and clearly interested in fish-keeping, I just think he's working for a crappy company.)

I brought Tux home from here because he was gorgeous and appeared healthy despite his awful living conditions. Nobody could speak to how long he'd been on the shelf or where the fish came from (the cup says "Distributed from California").

P.S. They kept their bettas in two places -- 1 shelf was kept by the door/check-out at the end of an aisle.... these bettas all looked pretty plain/miserable. The 2nd stock was kept in the fish area, under more favorable light/temperature conditions -- these ones were different varieties and colors.


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Old 04-14-2015, 02:12 PM   #26 
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I refuse to buy a betta at full price from my local Petco. I do rescue from the store, but I always demand a drastically reduced price (and I always get even this money back one way or another). I don't want to perpetuate their cruelty, and no, I do NOT think their care is adequate at all. I prefer rescuing over buying, but if I wanted to buy a betta, I'd look around for a caring, responsible breeder and buy from them.

I think the situation is different from dogs/cats. I'd never buy a dog/cat from a breeder because the shelters around here are already inundated with unwanted pets. However, even rescuing a betta from a store is not the same as rescuing a dog/cat from the shelter because the store will continue to stock more bettas regardless of how many are bought vs die. The situation never really improves in the grand scheme of things because consumers don't view fish with the same compassion as mammals and will continue to spend their money at these stores and keep them open. However, if you adopt an animal from a shelter, the shelter has one less mouth to feed or one more spot to save another animal. And if everyone adopted their cats/dogs from the shelter rather than buying from breeders, fewer animals would likely be bred (due to decreased demand), and we might finally have a slight chance at getting the pet population under control. With fish, we would basically have to mass educate the population (get rid of the disposable pet theory) and shut down all chain pet stores to improve the situation.
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Their care routine is they change thei cups water 3 times per week and feed them 3 times per week.
This is actually a lot better than my petco. They only feed/change water once every 2-3 weeks.

I don't think they're treated properly at petco, but most of my boys are from petco (all but Misha and Blaine) and I love them even though Dean is driving me crazy with his fin biting... -_-

I wouldn't go as far as to say boycott them completely, though I don't necessarily condone the treatment of bettas or other fish. I can't afford Aquabid, and won't be able to go to the Betta Shop every time I'm in the market for a new boy I'm guessing. (Though that'd be ideal, I love their fish)
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