This will probably be unnecessarily long but I'll try to keep it brief.
I'm doing my fall semester abroad so I wouldn't be able to get my new college pet until the winter, but I was annoyed with my dad and decided to stop by Petco to avoid going straight home.
Anyway, I ended up in front of the bettas (who would have thought?) and noticed this one "king betta" with some serious stress stripes. It took every fiber of willpower I had not to bring him home with me. He just looked so miserable in that little cup. He wasn't the prettiest of lot either so I'm worried he's going to be there for a while. I'm not letting myself anywhere near the store because I know if he's still there I wouldn't be able to stop myself.
Anyway, it got me thinking. For someone that isn't planning on breeding, do you think that getting a betta from a pet store is a good or bad idea?
part of me once to rescue them from the little cups but the other part of me doesn't want to support the pet stores. In addition to that though, it almost seems cruel to me to force a fish to spend days in the mail when you could just go to the pet store. I don't mean for breeding purposes just for the casual hobbiest. Anyway, I'm just curious about you you guys think.