Yes, I suppose my wording in that aspect was rather off but I did read what you were saying. To be truthful Iâ€™m not sure if I can justify saying what I said about the cup being correct or notâ€¦however we are discussing what you are doing with you betta. But first I would like to get some things out of the way.
This is going to sound rude, you can take it that way if you like, it isnâ€™t the way that it is intended I assure you. The stores also donâ€™t care your reasons for purchasing the fish. By buying the fish that is kept poorly you let the pet store know that they will sell them no matter what they do. They win no matter what as long as you buy. If you donâ€™t care then they never will and it will be hundreds of betas brought into the store to sell because people are buying them to â€˜saveâ€™ but so many more die in the cup. If you wouldnâ€™t say anything about a dog living in a crate thatâ€™s up to you, just like encouraging pet stores to keep betas the way that they do. I myself would tell them that they should find a new home for the dog. Just because it is a small step up doesnâ€™t always mean that it is good. I believe in giving whatever pet you have a home that is good for them, not just better than what they were living inâ€¦
I never said that it was â€œas badâ€ I simply said they are bad and explained why I believe they are (besides the obvious too little space) which I believe makes sense to the topic. I was just implanting the idea that perhaps another reason they are so lethargic inside of the cup extended beyond their swimming parameters which is most definitely the main reason. However since they are kept so close to other betta they would; likely, have (originally) flared at it which would also have worn it down. This is why I think it would be such a bad idea to have two bettas with a splitter as they may be reminded of the time when they were in the cupâ€¦ Even with humans things can be forgotten but are still there when something triggers the feeling. EG: The golden arch at McDonalds can make adults who havenâ€™t eaten there in ages remember the happiness that they experienced there as a child with the toys and the play area and make them want to eat there. Yes this is a little bit of a ramble but I believe that similar emotions can be brought upon when a betta sees another so close to it. It might feel as though his space is being invaded by the other betta. This may or maynot make the betta fell as if it were in the cup again even though it has more room to swim and are in better water. This is besides the natural instinct to fight the other betta. The things mentioned above are of coarse theoretical but it is still my opinion.
Iâ€™m not sure how I could have been more gentle with my opinion nor am I sure if I would want to be. I am passionate about what I believe in which is why I was afraid that I may come off as an aggressor which is why I informed in my post more than once that I am not here to start fights or attack anyone. I expressed myself and my believes and even told you they were my opinions so you can take them for what you think that they are worth. Opinions are in the eyes of itâ€™s owners and if other people donâ€™t agree with them then thatâ€™s up to them. I however feel as if you were an aggressor and I will give you the curtsy of explaining why. The list that you made, to me feels as if you are giving me reasons that you are made about whatever I posted. It is like you are telling me what I did WRONG, which to be honest I canâ€™t think of anything I did wrong.
Iâ€™m not going to say sorry for expression of opinions as I donâ€™t think that there is anything wrong with it. I however feel as if unless I am going to say something that everyone agrees with than I shouldnâ€™t make a post which to me isnâ€™t the point of a forum. To me a forum is so everybody can get out their opinions/ideas and everyone can talk about them. I find it fine to debate such opinions so that others reading can come to their own after seeing all sides but attacking I donâ€™t think works. I may have been misreading your â€¦ hmm how do you say itâ€¦ expression for lack of better terms in your post and if so then I am sorry for that.