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Old 08-13-2012, 08:56 PM   #121 
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LOL the employees at our petsmart are pretty clueless when it comes to fish, especially bettas! The guilt would haunt me forever for switching lids ;-; Plus many people like to hang around the fish area xD
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Old 08-13-2012, 09:03 PM   #122 
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Congrats on the rescue!! I just read 13 pages of this thread!! o-o I am truly happy you have this little guy! Rescuing, as Sakura said, is pretty important to a lot of members here. I don't think it's selfish to want to help them out, even if they do die. I am not here to cause an argument but was it really fair to showcase all your bettas BB?? I mean, couldn't you have made another thread showing your culls? Just my opinion but who am I....
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Old 08-13-2012, 09:06 PM   #123 
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I've done that before, find an interesting thread and then go through and read all pages of it. o-o I'm still amazed at what some warm clean water,and AQ salt can do...
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Old 08-13-2012, 10:27 PM   #124 
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It IS important to know that there are some bettas who can't be saved. The best we can do with those bettas is bring them home and allow them to pass in clean, warm water instead of in a dirty cup at the back of a shelf. Picking your rescues is very important to your success. Look for fish who are still pretty active but may have some mild rot or ammonia burn issues. Fish who are breathing heavily or laying on the bottom of the cup most of the time and look mostly dead are going to be much harder to save with just AQ salt and clean water. Those are the rescues best left to someone familiar with more advanced treatments.

I'm so glad Tug is acting feisty and happy already. Congrats!
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Old 08-13-2012, 10:34 PM   #125 
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That's why I picked Tug, he was the healthiest out all that I could rescue... Others I think had Swim Bladder, and worse finrot, and not even laying properly o.o I felt bad for them, but I knew I couldn't save them, so I picked out Tug ^.^
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Old 08-13-2012, 10:37 PM   #126 
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Very smart thinking. :) Yes, once you get into SBD and things like that, it gets way more complicated.
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Old 08-13-2012, 10:49 PM   #127 
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And why doesn't buying a healthy fish make you feel warm and fuzzy?
It does but I get a feeling of..I don't know...accomplishment?...out of helping the sickly ones...and out of all the ones I have or had (and it has been over 50 of them)..only 2 did not make it. One had columnaris (which I would of passed on if I had noticed the fuzz..that is one disease I really do not like to mess with) and the other..no idea what was wrong - ammonia poisioning, I am guessing.

I'm not saying one should not get bettas from breeders via AB...I'm just saying that I, personally, like to give one sad, local, petco/walmart betta a good home. I feel that the ones from breeders off AB are going to go to someone who knows how to care for them or else they wouldn't spend $20 or more for one fish. I do not think petstore fish are so lucky.

I have seen the ones you have breed, BB, and they are lovely. If I was going to get one from a breeder, It would be from either you or chard as I am not able to justify the shipping charges for importing right now. Both you guys have some very nice looking bettas.

And now I will go back and read all the pages I missed....
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http://www.bettafish.com/showthread.php?t=110633 I made a new thread, with pictures of Tug, my new boy ^.^
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