Originally Posted by LadyVictorian
I will have to say petco and petsmart are not better than walmart. Petco sells babies which should be illegal. Petsmart stacks cups and fish suffocate. They also sell females toooo young GRRRRR. All of those stores are on my rescue list.
I think it all depends on the individual stores. It does seem that Walmart is the worst. None of the Walmarts in my area sell bettas. And like a couple people said on this thread, their local walmarts actually take good care of their fish.
But I still think Petco and Petsmart are better. I saw them changing the water in the betta cups one day while I was in Petsmart. I've never seen dying, dead, or sick bettas there until yesterday when I saved one with pretty bad fin rot (and I think she may have arrived in the store that way because her water was still very blue). And they don't stack their cups there, either. I do agree that their females are SUPER young, though. I don't think it's bad, though, because they will eat adult food and everything.
I have seen numerous dead bettas in one Petco, though. But another Petco in the area takes good care of their bettas and all their fish in general, it seems. I've never seen a dead fish until I went in one time and a GIANT "ghost shrimp" was nomming on a fish (not sure what kind of fish it was) that was larger than itself.