So I was thinking today about how much I've spent on my fish thus far including shipping and so on. And I realized, I could have saved A LOT of money because at the petstore, we only pay at most $15 for a fish, no shipping needed.
But, then, you have to think, how much healthier is that breeder betta over the petstore betta? And how much longer will he or she last with proper care?
Speaking from personal experience, I've purchased BEAUTIFUL bettas from Petsmart, Petco, and even Wal-Mart. And with proper care, the majority lasted only a year, and some died right after purchase (Within days) and that's because the petstores don't take proper care of their fish.
And although I'm all for rescues, in the long run, I like purchasing from breeders unless a fish calls to me because I like having healthy fish and it's easier to find exactly what I'm looking for.
Since I've jumped back into betta keeping. I have 1 HM male from Polu, named Dei Vallie. He's a baby and the CUTEST little thing. Health is written across his little marbled body.
I also have Pinkster whom was kind of a gift from my bo and also a rescue from Wal-Mart and is a mostly pink with red wash VT. He's a bit older, maybe a former breeder fish and I don't know how long he'll last but I love him =] He's a wonderful boy.
And now I'm expecting another fish from Polu that is so different. <3 ! Don't have a name yet but I'm sure I'll get something for him.
So over all, I like both petstore and breeder fish, but prefer breeder fish to avoid the heart break when they die so soon =[!
What's your opinion ? Sorry it's so long ! LOL