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Old 02-13-2008, 03:29 PM   #1 
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I'm never buying balloon mollies again. I had three on Friday and now I have one. The first one was kinda sickly at first and it got harassed by its own kind. Now the second one probably died from my Betta and the one who harassed the first.
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Old 02-13-2008, 03:41 PM   #2 
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im sorry to hear that They are an interesting fish too. Try some Flame Tetras or Neons... They're pretty cool. :)
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Old 02-13-2008, 04:17 PM   #3 
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I was going to buy Neons, but at the store they were so tiny and I was afraid my Betta would eat them. And the balloon mollies were from Wal-Mart, so next time I'll buy fish at PetSmart to see if there is a difference.
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Old 02-13-2008, 04:22 PM   #4 
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Its not so much where you buy fish as the fish itself. I always look over the fish that interests me, then I look around at the other tanks. Since most fish stores are set up to use a single filter system for all their tanks, if you see disease or other problems in any tank, chances are that you have the same problem in the tank that looks just perfect. If you are cautious, you will seldom end up with sick fish and won't end up buying as many either. All too often, I walk into a store and think I like a fish only to notice a dead fish in a tank just 2 away. I always suspect that whatever killed that fish may be a problem with the one I'm looking at. End result is I walk out empty handed but seldom have problems at home with new fish.
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Old 02-13-2008, 09:32 PM   #5 
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Let me make a suggestion, if I may. All of the "big box" stores I have ever been to have serious issues. Most cannot be ignored. If I were you, I would get the phone book out and look for a "ma and pa" type store. Usually, these are much more hospitable and friendly. The prices are, many times, equal to or lower than PetSmart, PetCo, or Walmart. The fish are usually in better condition and health at these smaller stores, too.
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Old 02-14-2008, 12:27 PM   #6 
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even at petstores like petco take lousy care of bettas. at my local petco, they had the bettas in these small cups. there was about 25 and out of the 25, 8 were dead with a cloud of fungus around their heads!!!!

quality varies greatly!!!
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Old 02-14-2008, 08:05 PM   #7 
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Yeah, the last time I visited PetSmart, I found 3 dead Bettas right off the bat. At Wal-Mart, I separated two male Bettas(who were in separate cups) because they were trying to attack each other and I didn't want them to do this all day long for too much stress can lead to more death.

All of the cups had disgusting water and many looked to have a disease. These stores disappoint me.

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Old 02-17-2008, 07:39 PM   #8 
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I went to the "big" petstore and they had like 12 bettas in a 15 gallon tank and I got the one that got picked I felt like a hero and now it is all colorful :D yay!!! But I wanted to take all of them they looked so miserable and sick of eachother I felt so bad
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