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Old 05-11-2013, 06:59 PM   #1 
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Unhappy Heartbreaking Decision

I had an amazing day today. I cannot say that often (severe depression kind of does that to you). But, of course, I ended up at Petco. How can I stay away? I mean, I knew I wanted to get a sickly betta...

I just didn't expect it to be this hard... This is a Petco I hadn't been to. I am used to fairly healthy and active bettas at the Petsmart and Petco in my town. The Petco by my aunt's place? It is an absolute hell hole. Finrot, SBD, emanication, death everywhere. It is also the most understaffed and disorganized store I've ever been to.

I fell in love with a beautiful dragon HM. It was the most majestic blue I have ever seen. But the others begged me to give them a chance. Begged.

I wanted them all. And I only had room for one. I spent two hours agonizing over which betta to get. Almost had a freaking breakdown because I walked away for a couple of minutes and came back to find one of the more sickly ones gone. Thought the fish guy had came back and thrown him out. But someone had just shoved to the back of the shelf.







This guy was the one that stole my heart...




I got him instead...

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Old 05-11-2013, 07:11 PM   #2 
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Poor little guy.. You know what? When I went to get Bacon (my rescue) I also fell in love with a dragon scale blue betta that same shade of blue.. except he had red fins.


Then I saw Bacon.. and knew I couldn't leave him to die :( Now Bacon is thriving!

I can't wait to see TONS of update photos from you!

He looks so sad and skinny.. I'm glad you got him!
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Old 05-11-2013, 07:11 PM   #3 
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Is that pathetic little white/clear CT (looks like a CT) a baby betta? It is so small.

I would have had to take that and the one above it if I had been there.

This is why I don't look at splendens in 99% of the stores I go to. It's just too depressing.

Hope your new purchase does well.
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Old 05-11-2013, 07:25 PM   #4 
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Thank you, guys. I feel so superficial though. I really wanted the betta with the pretty colours more than anything.

The little white CT was marked as a regular veiltail female. The one above the white female has just one shimmery pale of pale blue in front of its dorsal, so I think it was a marble. Their babies are even smaller. There was a blue one I forgot to snap a picture of, but he was about 2/3 the size of these two.



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Old 05-11-2013, 07:35 PM   #5 
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Hey I posted on here and contacted the number at the top and within two weeks my store was so much better with their fish. Contact corporate to get things done the store manager isnt going to do anything unless he fears for his job. Sad to say.


woops forgot the link http://ecorporateoffices.com/PetcoAn...ppliesInc-2162
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Old 05-11-2013, 07:48 PM   #6 
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Thanks, I'll try.

I can't go home for another two hours. I just want him home so he can be comfortable and warm.
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Old 05-11-2013, 08:13 PM   #7 
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welcome to the club, Feng!

I hope he makes a full recovery for you! That first cup was just like Don Quixote's!
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Old 05-11-2013, 08:32 PM   #8 
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Oh, the first guy... He is all grey now, but his fins had streaks of a shiny blue too. He is a doubletail. No fin damage, but obvious SBD and bloat. He is a lot like Phoenix was.
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Old 05-11-2013, 10:08 PM   #9 
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Hey, what do you know? The water parameters are almost not as bad as I expected. The ammonia is just 0.25 ppm. *sarcasm*

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Old 05-11-2013, 10:20 PM   #10 
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Finally home and floating in warm water.




He's smaller than Phoenix!



This is going to be his new home.


His tank water is treated with Stress Coat and 2 tsp of aquarium salt. I'm slowly acclimating him by drip method... Three drops via a drinking straw every ten minutes. I'm going to wait at least an hour. He's floating in the 5 gallon for now because his tank is a little too warm... In the nineties.

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