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Old 08-05-2010, 02:43 AM   #1 
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Betta fish at Petsmart

Hello,

I happended to walk through the fish department at Petsmart the other day. I noticed that they were selling betta fish in /sealed/ containers (approx 1 cup, maybe less). There's no way to feed the fish or for the water to be oxygenated. My impression is that this a rather cruel way to market a fish.

However, I confess that I'm not a fish fancier (I was getting supplies for my cats) and do not know if this is an acceptable way to sell tropical fish. I wrote to Petsmart and they replied that they think it's ok.

I would be very interested in getting opinions from the members of this forum. Thanks in advance.

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Old 08-05-2010, 03:23 AM   #2 
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I just recently got my fish "Kiwi" from PETSMART. I don't recommend shopping for fish there. I'd never looked closely at Betta fish before, but after I bought him, I researched. I bought a fish that has severe fin rot. Not a good place to go. I suggest PETCO.
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Old 08-05-2010, 03:50 AM   #3 
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Not okay. They need holes in the lid for a reason.

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Bettas are anabantoids, which means they can breathe atmospheric air thanks to a unique organ called the labyrinth.
I've read that they only get about 10% of their oxygen from the water. They're reliant upon the atmospheric air for the rest, which if deprived is animal cruelty, is it not?
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Old 08-05-2010, 04:12 AM   #4 
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They're reliant upon the atmospheric air for the rest, which if deprived is animal cruelty, is it not?

Exactly... All those poor fish have a horrible death awaiting them. imagine suffocating, your muscles aching from lack of oxygen. :'( Horrible way to die.
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Old 08-05-2010, 08:56 AM   #5 
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So by any means, I am trying not to make Petsmart look better, but I know I've seen them change the water in the cups and all the ones at mine usual are pretty clean and healthy. The cups are not sealed, there are small holes on top.
If fact, I find more dead Betta's at my petco than at my petsmart. However, all 3 of my betta's I bought from Petco and I saw a mustard gas and a butterfly halfmoon there the other day I was thinking of getting. >:)
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Old 08-05-2010, 09:18 AM   #6 
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My petsmart does a pretty good job of taking care of their bettas. Petco on the other hand has sick and dieing bettas most of the time. Other times the bettas look heathy. I just think some times they're lazy and don't care and other times someone finally does something, but they should care for them all the time.
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Old 08-05-2010, 09:30 AM   #7 
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Should start a movement to have a "betta-loving" employee in each chain pet store? lol ;P

Yea, its a horrible thing though. Although I find it hard to believe that a petco or petsmart would be so ignorant to the care of betta as to not allow them to have oxygen holes? That seems almost counter-profiting to the store. I suppose... sadly... that they're under the thought that theres such an abundance of bettas that its 'alright' to treat them as such.

If it were me... I'd be looking into that further and printing off Facts of betta care to bring to that manager. Show 'em a "what-for!"
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Old 08-05-2010, 09:52 AM   #8 
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You should see the bettas at my walmart.

There was only like 4, and they were obviously the leftovers before the next shipment, they looked terrible. I wanted to buy them all and give them a proper home, but I couldn't afford to even give one a proper home. All I can afford is Zombie's proper home.

I have fallen in love w/ Betta's and I will get another one when I get my financial aid refund check. I'm going to buy Zombie a 5g tank w/ a filter, then buy a new heater for that one, and then give the new betta Zombie's old home, since it's all set up. I think I'm going to buy Zombie this castle I saw at wal-mart instead of his log. Although I do like being able to see Zombie to make sure he's okay, so I may just buy the new fish it's own hollowed out log, and let Zombie keep his.
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Old 08-05-2010, 04:05 PM   #9 
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The cups at my Petsmart have air holes in them. They change the watwer twice a week.
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Old 08-05-2010, 07:53 PM   #10 
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Yea, its a horrible thing though. Although I find it hard to believe that a petco or petsmart would be so ignorant to the care of betta as to not allow them to have oxygen holes? That seems almost counter-profiting to the store. I suppose... sadly... that they're under the thought that theres such an abundance of bettas that its 'alright' to treat them as such.
I used to work in a pet store and I can tell you that they are not thinking of the loss of Bettas as a huge profit loss. They pay pennies for them. It actually costs them more to care for them properly then to just let them be. Sad, but true. That's why you hope that people that get those positions as store managers genuinely care about the animals they sell in their store.

And I am by no means saying it is okay to treat Bettas like that, but there is an over abundance of Bettas. A number of breeders will donate their "culls" to pet stores. Their CULLS. Think about it.
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