Originally Posted by basicloser
As for the cups, they are bad but I donâ€™t see how they really fit into this conversation."
Also, Iâ€™m not trying to start any fights here as this is all my opinion but if you are buying a fish from a pet store, you arenâ€™t really â€˜savingâ€™ it. To me saving it would be taking it away from a person that was mistreating them. By buying them you are just encouraging the places that sell these betta in the poor conditions to continue to get them and keep them the way that they are. They donâ€™t care if you are doing it for a moral reason or not, they are just getting what they want. So really you are/arenâ€™t saving it as it could die in the cup or even go to a bad homeâ€¦but you are still encouraging pet stores to keep them in these less than optimal conditions. And if you have them in (as per your signature) a 1 gallon (I assume US gallonâ€¦and I donâ€™t know the difference between UK) then you still havenâ€™t provided it with a great home.
Again, Iâ€™m not trying to start any fights or attacking anyone, just expressing my opinion.
First, If you read the entire thread (which I started), the cups fit right into what we are talking about, which is bettas and their displaying, which I noticed they do a lot when placed in rows next to each other.
Second, do you seriously think that a one gallon cycled tank that has gravel, plants, a filter, etc. isn't a better home than a pint-sized plastic cup filled with blue water, decaying food and fish excrement?? Before I moved him from a three gallon to the one I posted a message here for opinions. I also posted another message that he actually seems happier now.
Third, when I said I felt like "rescuing" a betta that does not mean I go to stores and rescue fish, nor do I care what the store thinks about why I am buying it. It simply means that by removing one from the store because I felt bad for it, that betta is in a better position than they were before. For example: I would never have my dog sleep or stay in a crate when I leave the house, but if someone choses to do this is it better than life at a shelter? Yes. Does that mean they don't have a "great" home? No. Would I ever say to anyone that they are not providing a great home because they chose to do this? Nope.
Lastly, I just want to mention since you're "new here", that you may want to "express" your opinion in a more gentle manner, if you don't want other forum members to feel "attacked". We all respect each other here.