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Old 09-25-2012, 09:45 PM   #21 
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Almost every store I go to EXCEPT Big Al's is terrible. ONE PJ's PETS in Kingsway was brilliant, and Big Al's is great. Everywhere else... ESPECIALLY West Edmonton mall's PJ'S PETS is terrible... No, atrocious - no! There is no word to describe the pure disgust of these stores! Filth! Stupidity! Death! Illness! Urg.
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Old 09-25-2012, 10:12 PM   #22 
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One day I went to walmart to get a thermometer for my tank and when I walked past the fish I litterily almost threw-up! It SMELT ssssoooo bad!!!!!! I gaged and held my breath!!! :(
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Old 09-26-2012, 08:29 AM   #23 
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Ew. Now I have never been to a Walmart that sells fish. Actually I don't go to Walmart anymore. :)

Now see.. I have quite a few people close here that will help me with my pet store idea. One of the reasons why I will start one in 2-3 years is BECAUSE many stores are terrible.
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Old 09-27-2012, 04:50 PM   #24 
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I think betta abuse is part because people think 1year is impressive so everyone abuses them. Well cared for bettas can live rarely ten years. With 5-7 if properly cared for average and 2-3 in bowls average.
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Old 09-28-2012, 08:29 AM   #25 
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But do remember that Bettas from a pet store tend to only live 3-5 years :) wonky genetics and a bad starting environment! I don't get fish from just any store anymore lol I HAVE to go to Edmonton and the store HAS to be Big Al's. Or my Bettas HAVE to be shipped in I've had Bettas (store or shipped) last 2-7 years :) I do use bowls when needed (moving, water change, or quarantine)

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Old 09-29-2012, 05:41 PM   #26 
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Pet store bettas are just culls of the more expensive ones they are related. Bad care affects lifespan. Mine is two years old and no signs of aging.
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Old 09-30-2012, 07:31 AM   #27 
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So your saying all pet stores buy from proper breeders who jus happen to send out baby Bettas (month/ 2 month old) and massive amounts of adult Bettas... Doesn't sound right. The "more expensive" ones you find in most stores are still wholesale. Stores make a killing on these mislabelled Bettas (I have seen "metallic" and "twin tail" labels) because they are "rare" to the general public.

I think I'm going to butt out now
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I mean Betta breeders breed huge amounts of bettas. Not all of them are show quality. The breeders sell the culls to pet stores .
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