In light of the upcoming Betta Fish Awareness Day (June 21st, mark your calendars,) I have created a TRUTH About Betta Care flyer. It depicts how bettas are often treated, and highlights the reality of how uninformed betta owners house their fish. And they wonder why they become ill!
Anyways, here is the link to the flyer, as well as a preview of it.
I hope everyone assists us in getting the word out to as many people as possible. Post them in your local pet store, hand them out around town, stick them in doors, mailboxes, car windsheilds. Hopefully this event will get the ball rolling towards a day when betta "bowls" are outlawed and the overall quality of life for our dear fish is improved.
I think it looks nice, but there are a couple places it could probably be better.
There is a typo in the heating section (keeps should be keep). I would also modify the filter section as a filter is NOT necessary - just a very good thing to have. The way it is written implies, to me, that a filter would keep the water clean and get rid of the need for water changes. If a person needs to be read something like this to figure out how to properly care for a betta, they likely know nothing about (and are unlikely to research) cycling.
I would change that section to something like "clean, healthy water" and emphasize frequent water changes and properly conditioned water.
A betta in a big tank, with a proper heater and a nice filter... But water straight from the tap that hasn't been changed for a month because "the filter keeps it clean" is going to do a lot worse than a betta in a heated one gallon with a regular schedule of water changes with properly treated water.
A smaller tank really doesn't need a filter. It'll need unnecessary cycling. Bettas get their air from the surface, they don't actively intake oxygen from the water.
Also, saying betta pet owners "don't keep their water clean" and that "breeders keep their water pristine" is far from the truth. I'm certain there are many breeders that don't know half of what their doing, as well as many pet owners (like myself) that make sure their betta's environment is perfectly pristine.
Hey KJ, thanks for spreading the word! As I said when you realised the poster on Facebook, I really do love it. Don't worry about the nitpicky things, though. I know the poster speaks in generalities and with small, limited, space you cannot afford to thoroughly explain those generalities in detail (its not a book, after all). I'd love to see more of these in the future.