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Old 12-18-2012, 04:05 PM   #1 
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Betta Abuse

Hello,
I am writing a report on betta abuse in pet stores, and am searching for some good points.
Do any of you guys have any personal experiences or know a lot about betta abuse?
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Old 12-18-2012, 04:07 PM   #2 
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In the UK theres not too much. I have seen betta kept in tanks with fin nipping fish. They are also kept in fast flowing water which the fish is basicly stuck to the oposite side of the tank.
They are kept with dead and ill fish.
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Old 12-18-2012, 04:12 PM   #3 
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Um they are not kept in a warm temperature water tanks with heaters, they are left dead in there uncleanned cups and they are often ill ready to die.
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Old 12-18-2012, 04:19 PM   #4 
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1. Staff doesn't have proper knowledge on how to take care of the fish.
2. They are often malnourished (Not fed) while in the pets store waiting to be purchased.
3. Because the shelves are up front, they often get hit with tons of cold air.
4. No heaters provided. (Normally)
5. The "Care Sheets" they provide normally do not hold accurate information.
6. Many petstores including Petco especially, sell far too young bettas.
7. Most stores won't sell the "sick" or "dying" bettas at a discounted price to someone that WANTS to help the fish. Rarely will they discount them or give them free.
8. A lot of stores FLUSH living fish while they are sick.
9. Because shelves aren't watched, a lot of time, two male bettas are put into one cup to fight.
10. Because shelves aren't watched, many teens or kids will try to feed the fish and will put too much and dirty the water.
11. Water changes rarely happen..
12. Some stores say it's okay to use regular tap water with OUT conditioning it.


That's my list.. sorry it's long
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Old 12-18-2012, 04:29 PM   #5 
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Actually i have seen the not very knowledgeable fish sales people. I had a argument with a lady saying all males should be fine with female betta's and live happily together. I guess she hasnt heard of how betta fish breed. Only 2 out of the 9 male betta I have ever had are fine with living with a female.
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Old 12-18-2012, 04:33 PM   #6 
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I'd love to have a male that wouldn't mind a female companion in the same tank but it's unlikely to happen.
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Old 12-18-2012, 04:34 PM   #7 
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Wow a i've never heard of a male living with a female, even my females get in fights!
Thanks you guys for the tips *-* It helps a lot!
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Old 12-18-2012, 04:35 PM   #8 
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Wow a i've never heard of a male living with a female, even my females get in fights!
Thanks you guys for the tips *-* It helps a lot!

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Old 12-18-2012, 04:55 PM   #9 
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also hannah16 your betta is super gorgeous wowwwee
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Old 12-18-2012, 05:03 PM   #10 
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Wish he was mine! He's an AB betta I loved that was sold.
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