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Old 07-20-2012, 06:30 PM   #1 
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Thumbs down Awful Betta Care

Anyone else know any places where bettas get awful care? I went to one of my local petshops today and I saw two bettas, both floating in dirty fishbowls, one dead and the other looking like it wanted to escape immediately. I wanted to take him home sooo bad but I don't want to support petstores... . I feel so bad for them. This store wasn't a Petco/Petsmart, but I'm not going to give the name.
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Old 07-20-2012, 06:38 PM   #2 
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WAL-MART!!!!!!! dont buy any fish from there it is nasty!!!!
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Old 07-20-2012, 06:39 PM   #3 
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Old 07-20-2012, 08:18 PM   #4 
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Wow, so true Made2Party! Walmart takes no care of their fish. Poor little betta looks like he's crying in the cup...

I always buy my bettas from Petco and they take care of them there and they always live for more than 6 years!
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Old 07-20-2012, 08:21 PM   #5 
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My local petco is terrible in regards of care for their bettas...and their store in general. The store is very dirty, and I went in a couple days ago...I saw two dead bettas. It was very hard to hold back my frustration and walk out I think the next time I'm in there I might just burst.

On the other hand...my Pet Smart is wonderful in taking care of them. They also get a wide variety of shipments.
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Old 07-20-2012, 11:03 PM   #6 
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Huh, interesting... my Petsmart is always the one with the problem! Funny...

Have either of you saved any bettas from, well, extinction (AKA bad care at LPS?)? I've only owned 1 betta in my lifetime, and am going to adopt another one in 2 weeks. I'm not going to try to rescue any time soon, because, as being a beginner, I don't want to hurt the betta even more!
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Old 07-21-2012, 08:14 AM   #7 
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My LPS is...usually not my first choice or any choice. The owner has skills for bird keeping...and that's it. She doesn't take great care for her bettas and her staff is a bunch of teenage girls that I've never seen actually work. Plus that place is so expensive.
My local wal-mart does not sell live animals.
Then there is this Qualheims/True Value here...which 99% has sick/dying animals. My boyfriend made a comment that if an animal survives that store, he/she is going to be mean, tough, and hard to kill.
In order for me to find a healthy betta, or attempt to, I have to travel to the city which is a 30 mintue drive from my home. The petsmart there usually sucks, but that's where I got my Lychee Berry. My boyfriend's cousin owns a petshop in that city I've yet to go into, but according to the family he's aquatic/fish crazy so he probably takes good care of them, but who knows.
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Old 07-21-2012, 09:32 AM   #8 
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my petco takes good care of theirs, my walmart does an ok job too. its the petsmart in my area that does the terrible job.
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Old 07-21-2012, 12:44 PM   #9 
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Interesting- I'm very disappointed with the care some petstores give to these fish! They are living creatures, not toys, that deserve to be loved and well-taken care of. I sometimes feel awful when I go to my local Petco to look at the bettas and this little girl picks up a pretty one and says, "Mommy, I want the fishy!" They go home with a tiny betta kit, the container about the size of a sprite can, flakes, and a sharp plastic plant. NO heater, NO water conditioner, NO filter, NO research. Wow. At least the people on the Betta Fish Forums know what they are doing before they purchase!
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Old 07-21-2012, 09:50 PM   #10 
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Both Petco and Petsmart in my area are guilty of selling bloated, sick, and dying fish. Such a disgrace. I wonder why they don't at least REMOVE the dead ones, but it seems like they don't even notice. I'll be moving soon and have already found that there is a great LFS that gets glowing reviews. I can't wait to escape the big box stores!
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