There are total of three rescues in my care at this time. All were suffering some kind of infection due to poor water quality and conditions . As many betta lovers know something is just not sinking in with petshops and many other people in this world when it comes to the proper care of bettas. Delusions that bettas are happy in tiny, cold, unfiltered bowls have been widely spread throughout the world. In pet stores all over you see poor bettas suffering in tiny cups, so filled with rotting food and feces that they have trouble breathing, their tails are rotting off, and the water levels are so low sometimes that the poor fish have to lay on their sides just to stay covered. I have seen bettas kept in cups so tiny that they are forced to keep their bodies curved, the cups are too small for them to do something as simple as straightening out mad.
I don't know what's worse, how they're kept in stores or how people are told to keep them at home. It's commonly said that bettas love being in small spaces, that they're unhappy in anything bigger then like a 1/4 gallon, and they don't need filters or heaters because they're very hearty fish and are very hard to kill. The facts are that none of those statements are true. Bettas originated from rice paddies in southeast asia. These rice paddies may be shallow but are realitivly large and the bettas are free to swim from one to another. They are not confined to little 1/4gallon circles, so what makes people think thats what they would be happy in? rolleyes
I am on a mission to educate people throughout the country about the proper care of bettas. I will be running a rescue and rehabilitation center for these little guys and I will begin with educating local petstores around me.
I have been looking around a bunch of different forums reading pages and pages of people griping about how badly bettas are treated. But I have yet to see anyone say they're going to go out there and do something about it. Anybody can sit at a computer and complain that something is wrong, but unfortunatly there are very few people in this world that ever do more then just sit and complain. If you don't like the way these fish are being treated then go out there and do something about it. Complain to the stores, type up betta care sheets and hand them out, write a letter to the place in question and explain exactly what they're doing wrong and how to fix it.
I know this one girl, Not going to mention names, lets just call her Sally, and she is the most dedicated person to this cause that I have ever met, shes set on saving the world and i wouldn't be surprised if she succeeded, I hope to be like her, to help these wonderful little fish like she has and to be and inspiration to other bettas lovers like she has been an inspiration to me.
So next time you see a poor little betta in a filthy cup and it makes your heart break, dont go home and sit on the computer and sulk about it, get out there and do something to help that fish and any others that may pass through that store!