Originally Posted by DiiQue
The other thing, if you to go the LFS and pick up the sick fish, ask that you get them for free. Explain what you are trying to do and hopefully they see the light and agree with you. If you pay anything for the sick fish, it will give those LFS an incentive to keep on buying and treating them as before, since they know they can sell the fish, regardless of their condition.
I was just about to say the same thing. By BUYING sick fish, you're just paying the store to take bad care of their fish because they're going to get more in to replace the ones sold. If you convince them that the fish is sick and will die in the store, you could get it for free. Then they're out money if you and others can do this often enough, and they will start taking better care of them or getting them from a breeder who takes better care of them.
I did this once- I saw a little female in Petsmart with hardly any fins left. I got her for free, but sadly it was too late and she died the next day. I have a feeling she came in like that, though. Because that Petsmart takes good care of their bettas and I never see any of them in bad condition. I also hadn't seen that one before and I usually look at the female bettas every time I go in.