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Old 11-01-2010, 10:22 PM   #11 
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Yeah there are some super pricey ones popping up lately on AB..which I stalk to an unhealthy
level....I need to block the site from my browser

Someone must be buying them though I need to meet said people & make them my new BFF. hehe
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Old 11-01-2010, 10:28 PM   #12 
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Out of curiosity, (I would NEVER pay this much for a fish!) do you think they would do ok in a long shallow tank? I understand that it would be difficult for a fish like that to reach the surface, so would that eliminate the problem? Or would they having swimming issues no matter what size container you put them in?
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Old 11-01-2010, 10:50 PM   #13 
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I've always liked the way these big pectoral bettas look, but I wouldn't buy one personally.
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Old 11-01-2010, 11:34 PM   #14 
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I hate to see that. IMO its one thing to mess with the anal, dorsal, and caudal fins but messing with the pectorals is just wrong. A fish can thrive with or without the other fins but mess with the pectorals and you could wind up cutting off the fish's means of movement.

I dunno, even if given a shallow tank it still just seems unethical to breed for huge pectoral fins in bettas.

I agree with CR... at the point were the fish has to bite his fins to be comfortable is the line where your not breeding to better the fish. If I ever have that problem in my halfmoons I'll begin breeding for smaller finnage. Its not worth the beauty if the fish can not lead a normal, healthy, happy life.
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Old 11-02-2010, 08:01 PM   #15 
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I know, it does seem cruel to make them carry all that extra finnage around
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Old 11-02-2010, 08:19 PM   #16 
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why do they cost SO much?
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Old 11-02-2010, 08:21 PM   #17 
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idk! ridiculous, right?
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Old 11-02-2010, 08:25 PM   #18 
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yes, i mean they r gorgeous and all but people it's a fish! lols
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Old 11-02-2010, 08:58 PM   #19 
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yeah! who would spend that much money on a fish?
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Old 11-02-2010, 09:29 PM   #20 
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I would honestly only buy one of those fish if it was $20 dollars or less. Sure, they're rare and beautiful, but in my opinion the possibility that the fish would have swimming issues makes it worth A LOT less than the listed price.

It's like those twisty/kangaroo cats. They shouldn't be worth more than regular cats because their breeding causes problems with movement. I don't understand how people can raise the price on partially crippled animals.

It's kinda scary how people can get away with charging more for animals that might have health problems... There are actually a lot of harmful deformities in animals that people find beautiful and unique and breed for.
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