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Old 08-19-2011, 03:40 AM   #1 
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Treatment in the UK vs USA

I am always reading how terribly your pet shops treat the bettas in small cups, but here in the UK all the bettas are either kept in small tanks (2gal) or share their than with other fish e.g platies. Why do you think we treat them different- is it something to do with the availability?

**oops this should probably in betta chat sorry**
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Old 08-19-2011, 03:49 AM   #2 
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We don't have cups either, bettas are kept in 1/4gallon barracks (which is just as bad) or with community fish as you said. :)
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Old 08-19-2011, 04:02 AM   #3 
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Oh rite :D
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Old 08-19-2011, 01:30 PM   #4 
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It's all about the public. If the bettas are in cups, they're easier for the customer to take home and they don't have to wait around for an employee to catch the fish and bag it up. Plus, because bettas will fight if you have them together (meaning you can only have one per tank), putting them in cups means that you can have more of them to give the general public a larger variety to choose from. I don't agree with it, but I can see the reasoning.
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Old 08-19-2011, 02:36 PM   #5 
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Noticed lately that the chain stores (Petsmart, Petco) have gone to a cottage cheese size container. That's SOME improvement...not there yet, but better.
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Old 08-19-2011, 08:30 PM   #6 
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That's kinda awesome, really. It might just be that that store loves bettas.
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Old 08-20-2011, 01:25 PM   #7 
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I personally think the cups aren't killing the Bettas. Its the lack of care given to them while in the store. A betta kept in a cup with daily water changes would be alright for a short amount of time and, hopefully the Betta will be in the store for a very short amount of time. No store has the room to have a large amount of Bettas in their own 1.5 gallon or larger tank.
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Old 08-20-2011, 03:13 PM   #8 
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I know the places I've been here in the uk say that no fish of any species should be kept without a filter, which is why all the bettas I've seen have been in some sort of barrack set up. For the most part they seem slightly healthier, but not great- At least here we have no wal-mart type situations!
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Old 08-20-2011, 04:58 PM   #9 
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stupid walmart cups their small and always half full and no conditioner
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