I went to Petco for dog food, and inspected all the bettas. Water was clean and they all looked pretty good, except for being in a cup! But compared to the little dude I just dragged home from Walmart, they looked amazing.
Good to know another Petco is doing great! I'm very excited about my new betta friend. Compared to our Walmart and Petsmart, Petco crushes them. The bettas seem happy and healthy!
^ I wonder how many of those babies perish in tiny bowls choked on fish waste and rotting flakes.
As long as people continue to buy them, the stores will keep selling them.. though I somehow expect it to be a fad that wears off, after a majority of baby fish deaths and people aren't willing to try another one. A lot of little fish will have to die, I think, for that to happen...
I think it's a bad idea to be selling those tiny baby bettas. Any of mine that size are still in the grow out tank where they can have plenty of warm clean water and proper foods. My Petco has them, but I would never buy one. The adults usually look good, but the babies I've seen are usually clamped.
I just got two today at my local Petco and the man who sold them to me seemed quite knowledgeable telling me what I was getting into with them. (Although I knew this) Overall they both seem healthy. The one loves to swim about like crazy, where the other is a bit more relaxed and calm.
My local Petco is awful. I mean, awful. At least 10 dead bettas (that I found in the 5 minutes I was standing there) and a dead boa constrictor. I will NEVER shop at this Petco again, ever. They too sell baby bettas, but I'll never buy one from not only Petco, but any place. I'm not experienced in bettas hardly at all, let alone baby ones.