I work in a pet store. It is a small local chain. It is the reason I got into bettas in the first place. I work in two different locations, one is small and the only fish we have there are a few bettas. Usually anywhere between 1 and 10. So those bettas get pretty good care. we change their water a few times a week, we give them food almost every day, if not every day.
The other store I work at has a whole fish department. They also have pretty knowledgeable fish department employees. They sometimes have as many as 100 bettas when a fresh shipment comes in.
They do not change the water in those cups as frequently. nor do they feed them half so frequently.
The other day i was ringing up a kids betta that had severe stress stripes. I couldnt help but comment on it out loud. Then quickly told the kid how those should disappear after being in a nice spacious happy tank.
So after that I went and checked on the other bettas.
Most of them were doing fine. Except for 2 seriously clamped little guys. I pointed it out to another betta fan who works there, but not in the fish department. She later sent me a picture of them each in their own gigantic fish tank.
the red one started perking up a little the next day (today) and was getting his color back, though he was still clamped. But the other one kept acting near death. So i decided to bring him home to see if i could get him healthy and happy again.
Hopefully I will be able to add to this thread with pictures of him being a happy little vt