It's really cruel how bettas are treated but no reason to put kois down :] My friend has Koi's and they are pretty cool and do have good personaltys IMO! I do like bettas more though :] My petstores take pretty good care of their bettas not sure how they are shipped though! My walmarts on the otherhand take horrible care of their bettas :[ Maybe some day someone will open up a petstore just for bettas and they will have a 2 gallon tank all to them selves!
Luckily bettas don't go through that with local breeders. Bettas are packed in styrofoam insulated boxes, the bags are filled with 1/3 water 2/3 air, wrapped in newspaper, placed in a brown paper lunch bag an rolled up again and placed in the box....excess space is filled with packing peanuts or crumpled newspaper....heat packs are added when needed.
*This is just how I plan on shipping/shipped when I shipped some fish to family.
I like bettas for their spunk.. I like koi when they swallow my fingers hahaha! :) plus they are elegant and nice for a pond! Each has their own thing that makes them great.
That's why I bought from a breeder privately..even though he was shipped to me he was shipped with care and in a nice packaged box! I know his trip to america was rough, but he got to rest a bit at the transhipper before going back into 'first class' traveling to my house :D
I like bettas more for pets, but I think koi are more pretty. if I could, I would totally have a koi pond.
and just to say, koi probably have a nice airline and all that jazz since people would pay a lot of money for some koi, and with all the things koi mean to some people/cultures.
we have a japanese garden here, and it is so sad.. the koi are removed in winter from the pond, but in the summer the koi pond has guards, because the koi are so large, people steal them and sell them.
It's the koi color morphs that sell for a lot..and it's not that they are expensive 'just because'...A betta takes 3-4 months before he's ready to sell and is sort of grown up, most people who buy koi don't want to spend the years it takes to get them to the size they want! We bought cheap baby koi, they are still pretty small now, but most people who spend hundreds buy adults who could already be years old, that's a lot of food, time, and effort for one sale! Same with tortoises, you want a big one you pay money haha! The long lived animals are crazy like that!