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Old 12-09-2010, 08:27 PM   #1 
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This is sick...Putting betta's in Christmas tree balls...



A pet shop employee told me a lady came in and bought all their bettas, and told
him she was putting them + 50 more in Christmas decorating ornament balls.

First, that's a heck of a lot of feedings & water changes, which I doubt she'll even do.
Second, the remaining ones who don't die will no doubt be sent home with unsuspecting & probably annoyed guests that will flush, release into the wild, or stick in a freezing bowl. Maybe 10% will receive proper care...I'm not a fan of giving animals as gifts/favors for ANY time of year (unless they specifically ask for one), but the winter season in particular is hectic enough.... without adding another responsibility.

I'm not mad at the employee, she'd no doubt be fired for not selling to her & we all gotta make a living.


But...Grrrr.....
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Old 12-09-2010, 08:30 PM   #2 
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Of all terrible betta mishaps I've heard... this is by far one of the worst ):
Especially imagine if the Christmas tree ended up falling somehow...
I wish pet store managers would fire their employees for LETTING them approve of irresponsible purchases, not fire them if they don't... Oh well hopefully the owner will remember to feed them enough and at least change the water enough, and that they'll eventually get to go to nice homes...

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Old 12-09-2010, 08:40 PM   #3 
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I just dont understand why people do that :( any pet chain will sell you a mouse or fish if your over 18 but you try to by a bird or a dog and you have to go through a background check... Employees should be able to say no to someone who wants to just use an animal for decoration its just wrong.
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Old 12-09-2010, 09:03 PM   #4 
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Ahhhhhhhh!!! This is just terrible! Christmas tree balls are smaller than the cups and bowls that bettas come in!!! >:(

Why would you want a fish on your Christmas tree anyways??? So pointless :(
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Old 12-09-2010, 09:09 PM   #5 
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Omg, that is horrible!!! In ornaments?? I dont even want to know how small they are, probably even smaller then that cups they're kept in in the petstores. It makes me so sad...
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Old 12-09-2010, 09:37 PM   #6 
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what the heck do they think they're doing?

"Merry Christmas, here's your pretty Betta Ornament!"
"Err, it's DEAD."
"It's the thought counts AND it's homemade!"
"Yeah, thanks." *Hangs dead, bloated fish on tree*

Stupidity never ceases to amaze me. Those poor fish.
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Old 12-09-2010, 10:26 PM   #7 
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I don't get why... but bettas are, without a doubt the most commonly treated fish ever... But it makes me at least grateful to know that I, and the tons of people on here, have fish that they really care about, and pull all the stops to give them great lives... (:
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Old 12-09-2010, 10:34 PM   #8 
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HOW??? Why would you do that, you can't fit a Betta in an ornament? You can barely fit food in there you'd have a VERY hard time removing the Betta for his twice daily water changes.... what a jerk!
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Old 12-09-2010, 10:48 PM   #9 
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You're right Baylee, those ornaments have VERY small openings... how the heck do they get the fish in and out?? O_O
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Old 12-09-2010, 11:48 PM   #10 
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At craft stores they sell big plastic Christmas balls that are clear and pop open from the middle so you can stuff them. I seriously doubt they'd hold liquid but I could be wrong. They may sell some that are meant to be made into snow globes.

I'm horrified. I think I'm going to have nightmares.
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