I have never had horrible experiences at Petco, and they usually have at least moderately clean betta water. The bettas aren't usually super spunky, but they flare and have their fins out. My latest experience there was the worst. 2 weeks ago today, I got a betta at petco. I should have waited for the build a betta thingy, but I didn't want a veiltail, so it wouldn't have worked very well. Well, I was looking at the bettas and I saw this poor little "Delta Tail" in a cup in the corner. His water was very cloudy and I could hardly tell what color he was. I picked up his cup, and then he turned super speedy and started swimming really fast in circles. I thought he would be stunning if I fixed him up, so I bought him. After the hour car ride home, he was looking worse. I cleaned a little tank very quickly and put him in. He was doing better and he kept his fins out a little more, but I wasn't sure if he was going to get sick or not. Well, 2 weeks later he has a new tank. As you can see from my avatar, he is no Delta tail. He was a mislabled BFHM. He has recovered very well and is a happy fishy, blowing bubble nests. :D I would like you to tell me what you think of my little rescue. Worth it? Here are some before and after shots. :) The first 2 pics are befores, the second 2 are afters.
LOL, bummer! My old Ipod was stolen on a train. I love this fish, he is so stunning! That tank is 1.5 gallons. I just put a heater in this morning because we had a cold front and his water went down to 69 degrees, yikes! I would have a filter in there too, but his fins are so big the little filter I have just pushes him around, and Butterfly hates it.
Hehe, thanks so much, FuulieQ, hehe. I would love live plants, but they scare me because I've heard sooooo many stories about bettas getting Ich from contaminated plants. I've lost 2 battles with Betta Ich before, I am scared to risk it again. I know, I am blessed with a good eye with Petco bettas. Luimeril, I can't believe the number of mixups lately! I spent $13 on a betta labled Halfmoon a year ago that was a simple delta, and now I got a HM for $7.50 that was labled Delta. I really don't think these people know their bettas! Hehe. And thanks! Butterfly is so spoiled with compliments. :P
Really? O_o I've never had a problem with it. Conveniently, though, Petco sells sterilized plants in tubes - actually, they offer the two kinds I recommended to you. They're snail free and totally clean! No bleaching required! :> Java ferns are called tropica ferns on the package, though - oops. :I
It's really nice, they're low-light plants that don't require fertilizer, so they're quite easy.