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Old 11-24-2010, 08:29 PM   #1 
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Question Why????

So it has been bugging me forever now! whenever i walk into petsmart the betta are in cups :( and the water is blue. Why is the water blue?

At first i thought it was so they couldn't see the betta beside them but i don't know....
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Old 11-24-2010, 09:11 PM   #2 
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I think it's a kind of anti-biotic they put in there to keep any potential infections at bay. It just happens to turn the water blue. I assume because I've had anti-biotics that turned the water blue-ish coloured too.
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Old 11-24-2010, 09:29 PM   #3 
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methyl blue
its anitfungal and anti internal parasite.
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Old 11-24-2010, 09:41 PM   #4 
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Yeah, it's basically just to prevent disease. Which, as I've pointed out a few times, can usually be avoided if they just did regular water changes/
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Old 11-25-2010, 02:36 AM   #5 
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I've always wondered that too! I was just at Petsmart the other day and saw this and was wondering why the water is blue.

I always wonder how the keep track of which ones have been fed or not? I feel sorry for them. A lot of just kept in the dark and forgotten about.

I will say I was extremely surprised at the color variety they had. I missed the huge betta section they had last time I was there. I had no idea they had white ones and green/red ones and all kinds of varieties. It makes me wanna take a whole bunch home.
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Old 11-25-2010, 06:20 AM   #6 
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My local petsmart uses the blue water as well, but they do do water changes daily.. but I think it's an employee there that does that and not a store policy. unfortunatly, the bettas still look pretty bad.
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Old 11-25-2010, 10:05 AM   #7 
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I'm pretty sure medicating them constantly only compromises their ability to properly fight infection anyways. ):
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Old 11-25-2010, 05:13 PM   #8 
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well i think the blue makes it hard to see the bettas colors sometimes...
I feel sorry for the ones in the back of the self with no light or attention.
The petsmart here has blue water but the petland keeps them in a well lit shelf in glass jars....

Poor fishies
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Old 11-26-2010, 02:38 AM   #9 
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yeah, I feel its hard to see the coloring as well. I dont think I would buy a fish from petsmart because I want to see the colors, even if they do change anyways once they are happier.
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Old 11-26-2010, 10:23 AM   #10 
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Yeah, I've never had a problem with the water, but it making it hard to know the true color of your fish.
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