Okay, short rant spew... So, I go to the pet store to get some frozen foods, or at least see what they carry. They only get frozen bloodworms, and right now they have none betta friendly :) That, is fine.
Then... I wandered around. -GAG- OH MY GOSH. 95% of the tanks had between 1-5 decaying matter... and I am not talking about plants and snails... I mean plecos, and snails. One tank is infested with ich. Another tank is infested with swim bladder... The SBD balloon molly is thrice the size of a pregnant one, and the platies are so distorted! Tank after tank, something is dead... or a betta is stressed (one tail biter, because he was uncomfortable with the tetras), or has been destroyed.
So I come to one betta, a purple boy with red and white fins. He looked at me, and flared...or tried. He can only half flare...So I am guessing half his face is destroyed? And then he fled, and I saw his fins were chopped to bits (wonder if he was the victim of rosy barbs?). Luckily he had been removed to his own 20 gallon... but that tank was filthier than any tank I have seen!
Now I know the store owner hasn't been in for a while.. it's only been his employee (I don't get along with her...). And when I worked there I was told to make sure ANY dead fish were removed! Any injured fish (bettas) quarantined!
So, I took him home. Out of ALL the bettas.... The others had severe ich, NO fins, or looked like they would die if they were moved. I did not care if I had to pay full price (which I did). I will add pictures soon of my little Shiloh :)