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Old 04-24-2013, 12:44 AM   #11 
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and when I keep hearing about how poorly Petsmart does, but then I hear that everyone buys their fish at either Petsmart or Petco, it doesn't make any sense. :/
this has always baffled me on fish forums. I'm always on the fence about so called "rescues" from these stores as well. "rescuing" a betta means you just gave that company your money (and in the language of economics, your stamp of approval). If they are continuing to make money with their current treatment of fish, why should they change anything? Money talks louder than words; if you do not approve of their treatment of animals, DO NOT SHOP THERE. That is the only thing that will get the attention of anyone important enough to change policies and procedures.
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Old 04-24-2013, 12:55 AM   #12 
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Throwing it out there, my Petsmart is wonderful. Staffed with caring, knowledgeable people, and beautiful fish.
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Old 04-24-2013, 04:06 AM   #13 
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this has always baffled me on fish forums. I'm always on the fence about so called "rescues" from these stores as well. "rescuing" a betta means you just gave that company your money (and in the language of economics, your stamp of approval). If they are continuing to make money with their current treatment of fish, why should they change anything? Money talks louder than words; if you do not approve of their treatment of animals, DO NOT SHOP THERE. That is the only thing that will get the attention of anyone important enough to change policies and procedures.
Absolutely. It's kind to the individual fish, but worse for so many other fish.
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Old 04-24-2013, 08:21 AM   #14 
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My biggest concern is a lot of these chain stores seem to way overstock Bettas. I know one PetCo that seems to have about 50 on hand all the time. And I know there is not that many people buying Bettas there.
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Old 04-24-2013, 09:07 AM   #15 
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@ DefStatic, I agree with you - usually every single slot in their "Betta display" is full and they stack the "extras" over by the fish sink, and people come in, look at them, pick them up, and stack them on top of each other and smother the fish. It's awful. What I've been doing in the last couple of weeks since I had the really bad experience at my Petco is just stopping in there a few times a week on my way home from work. I don't buy anything, I just walk in and look at the Bettas, and if there are any that don't look well, I point them out to a manager. The first week I did this, every single time I went in there, there was a Betta whose water was filthy or who didn't look well. But the last two or three times I've been in, all the cups are clean and everyone looks reasonably healthy. I ran into the manager (a different one from the one I had the issue with a few weeks ago) and he asked me if he could help with something, and I told him that, no, I was just looking. I said that when the Bettas are consistently well-cared for and look healthy, I will start shopping there again. So this is just something that I am doing to see if it works, and so far it seems to be having some effect. We'll see if it continues.
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Old 04-24-2013, 09:35 AM   #16 
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The petco by me takes pretty good care of their bettas. It's rare if a see a dirty cup or sick a betta and if I do see one I tell the working in that area which 9 times out of 10 there is someone working in the fish area and they take care of it and do a look over the rest of the betta. They get their bettas every Thursday and by Saturday most of them have been sold. I go once a week and I never see the same betta twice.
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Old 04-24-2013, 12:27 PM   #17 
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The Petsmart by me has a wonderful fish department. The tanks are always clean and the fish look healthy. Their betta display isn't over crowded and I've even seen one of the workers doing water changes on the cups. Since I stop in often (I also own a dog and cat) I'm in the fish department a lot. I've talked to the girls who work there and they are all aquarium owners and have a passion for fish. They are knowledgable and helpful. That's why I still shop there.
As for the Petco near me...awful. There is never anyone in the department and the tanks are filthy and there are lots of dead fish. It's sad and I've never purchased fish from there.
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Old 04-24-2013, 12:44 PM   #18 
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It's so weird to me how it fluctuates...sometimes I am really impressed with how well my local Petco/Petsmart's bettas look and other times I'm disgusted. I go to these stores a lot because I too have dogs and cats, but honestly I just try really hard not to look anymore. The last time I was at Walmart, they must have just gotten in a new shipment of bettas in because they all looked fantastic, they even had a gorgeous yellow male, but it just made me sad because I knew I didn't have room for another and he'd probably just be dead in a few days. :(
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Old 04-24-2013, 12:52 PM   #19 
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My Walmart rarely sells bettas. I might see two every other month.
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Old 04-24-2013, 01:13 PM   #20 
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It really depends on the petsmart. I know the Petsmart where I live at home its okay to their bettas. Not the best not the worst. The PetCo where I live is amazing with their bettas and their staff is some of the best I have seen, they also keep 2 people in their fish specialist department. That being said they are competing with an aquarium specialty store and bettas go REALLY fast where I live. I saw one I was interested in it was gone in 5 minuites.
Now going towards where my girlfriend lives, their petco is full of ick. Almost every single one of their fishtanks have ick. I dont blame them really, but the fact that it started with one tank and is now in almost every tank makes me worry. Their bettas are somewhat neglected, but I guess you could blame the ick. The general care of the staff is much lower that of my local petco who will talk to us for hours about bettas and fish in general. Ive heard some major horror stories, and the walmart at my school sells betta and its horrifying.
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