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Old 04-04-2015, 09:52 PM   #1 
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Any idea what makes the water blue in Petco Betta cups?

I was wondering why some of those little cups the Bettas are in at Petco are filled with blue water? Are they treating those Betta for something?

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Old 04-04-2015, 09:54 PM   #2 
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Some pet stores and some shippers use methylene blue in their cups as a preventative.
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Old 04-04-2015, 10:00 PM   #3 
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Sometimes it's methylene blue, but I've heard stories of stores using some sort of fish safe dye to cover up the lack of care. That's just something I've heard, I've also heard of methylene blue being used to prevent disease, which I also wouldn't be surprised about.
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Thanks, RussellTheShihZhu & Bailmint! It's so sad looking at all those Nettas in those little cups. There are 2 Petco's near us, and one of them must have 50 Bettas. I asked how they are able to care for all those Bettas and they assured me they do. But even a newbie like me knows better.

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Which is why I never look at Betta in pet stores or Wal-Mart.
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Old 04-05-2015, 08:42 PM   #6 
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Which is why I never look at Betta in pet stores or Wal-Mart.
It's her soft heart. I'm the same way. I just can't stand to see the conditions they are kept in, or the conditions the fish are in.
MB. is used to treat new fish arriving to the store because they don't have a quarantine area for their fish. It covers so many different problems the pet stores face. From parasites and stressed out fish, to covering up not taking care of the water conditions. If they can make the customers think by adding MB to their cups that they are being cared for then it puts the unsuspecting customer in the right position to buy the fish. It's the experienced customer they are really afraid of. Those of us who know what we are looking for and what we are seeing, and are a voice for the fish will go in and look and walk away with regrets for even stopping to look. There are some stores (a few) that really try to give the right care. For those stores it's a pride they have not only in their store but also in their stock.
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