Originally Posted by Oldfishlady
The sad truth of breeding fish is that with some species the natural habitat may be gone/destroyed by man, invaded by released species that out compete them, and/or pollution...if not for hobbyist many of the species would be no longer and you would only have a picture to remember them...granted the Betta splendens is a man made fish and its natural habitat is our aquarium-but its wild cousin could one day be threatened like many other native species that can only be found in aquariums today and hopefully responsible breeders will continue their efforts in keeping them alive......
I remember hearing about this! There are a lot of species of animals that have gone completely extinct in the wild, and the only remaining specimens are our pets or are in zoos. The majority of these animals are fish, because tropical fish breeders have kept them alive.
A good example of this is the Red-tailed black shark that we keep in our aquariums. The Red Tail also comes from Thailand, like our bettas, and has completely gone extinct there.
@Mr.V, I know you take great care of your fish, you do all the frequent water changes, give them the best food, and are planning on making a nice filter system for all of your jarred fish! Your fish receive all the best necessary care, and money doesn't just grow on trees... Like you can afford to pamper 50+ fish that you'll be selling to a good home anyways... Don't let people get you down, you're doing a great job! :)