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Old 07-09-2010, 10:28 PM   #11 
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sorry if it came out as if i was mad but the water was so dirty. like as if no water change in 2 months.

i am thinking about asking who ever owns it whether i can adopt it and give it proper care or atleast that they look after it properly
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Old 07-09-2010, 11:55 PM   #12 
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IMO this is ridiculous. Yes, people should do research before they purchase a pet BUT just because they didn't does not by any means make them cruel. I know many people on this forum started out not knowing a thing about betas, and if they were approached by someone who acted hostile like you are suggesting they might have been discouraged from the hobby. A conversation isn't going to hurt anything. The person might just need to be educated. It might not work, but its definitely worth a try. It that doesn't work grater measures can be taken, but even those should be approached a decent attitude.
Let's put this same situation to a different pet shall we? how about if they kept a great dane in a small sized puppy transport kennel? what if they kept a full sized bearded dragon in a 10 gallon tank? what about a full grown corn snake in a 5 gallon tank?

The examples go on and on, add to that the description seems to show a classic "they can live in the vase and eat the roots" betta set-up, which as we know, bettas can't properly digest or metabolize vegetable matter and those vases tend to be much too small, again I must stress that ignorance isn't a defense, it takes roughly 2 minutes for my mom (internet unable) to google "betta care" and find a care sheet which lists 5 gals as best, 2.5 gals as acceptable, heater and proper diet needed to thrive, etc.
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Old 07-10-2010, 01:39 AM   #13 
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exactly my point.

thankyou shmifty5
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Old 07-10-2010, 02:13 AM   #14 
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Ignorance isn't an excuse - you're are correct. Just like ignorance is no excuse for not knowing the law or taking care of your body.

I don't think anyone is disagreeing with the OP on sharing information, we are merely trying to suggest respect for the employees... whether you think they deserve it or not.

Personally, I think how you approach these people is key to how the Betta will [or will not] survive.
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Old 07-10-2010, 10:09 AM   #17 
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i am thinking about asking who ever owns it whether i can adopt it and give it proper care or atleast that they look after it properly
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If the water was super dirty that probably means they're sick of changing it and might not mind giving him up.

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Let's put this same situation to a different pet shall we? how about if they kept a great dane in a small sized puppy transport kennel? what if they kept a full sized bearded dragon in a 10 gallon tank? what about a full grown corn snake in a 5 gallon tank?
But you have to remember it is a common misconception that betas only need a small tank. The people might have even been misinformed by the pet store employee. And I never said it should be excused. I just thought a conversation was worth a try.

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