At my LFS, it goes from $6.95 for a veiltail to about $29.95 for a halfmoon. They also sell plakats, crowntails, doubletails and giants. The girl told me they have heaps out the back so if I have a colour or type I want specifically I just have to ask.
There's a lady in QLD who is the main transhipper for Australia, and I have a pair from her I ordered that came over from Thailand. She's who I would go to if I wanted Aquabid quality bettas without the need for importing them myself.
Yeah I think Australia is more expensive in terms of betta pricing. I always laugh when I see posts by people saying how they had to pay $7.00 or something for their betta. I wish it was that cheap here.
That's odd, makes me wonder if it's on their side and not hers. I purchased my pair from her and the whole process was great. My fish arrived exactly like they were in the video, with the female full of eggs and the male in perfect health. The bloke at my fish shop knew about her, and she is the only listed transhipper for Australia on every Aquabid auction I've looked at.
She's over on the Aquarium Life forum as one of their sponsors, and she's obviously not got such a bad reputation that no one was willing to volunteer their time at her shop when the floods passed through.
Oh well, I'm not going to speculate about someone else's private business dealings online, I just found it strange to hear you say that.
The places I get my bettas take very good care of their fish. I go to either Aquarium Adv. or Petco. Seriously, at the local Petco the betta's water looks so clean that if you go in there thirsty you're tempted to drink it. xD I mean, occasionally there will be a bloodworm in there that the fish didn't eat, but at least I know they feed frozen.
I love that shop. I know they take care of sick fish because I've pointed out ill animals to them before, they take them to the back, I come in next day and see the same guy out on display and totally healthy and vibrant again. :)
My guy is a little pricey when it comes to deco, equipment and sometimes fish. But he is the only one within 10 miles to get fish, although I will drive that and farther depending on what I want, othertimes I will pay the extra bit and he carries some thing the big chain store do not.
His females are in a sorority, a nice 10+ gallon tank for $3.99, he charges $9.99 for Dragons and $5.99 for all others, VT, CT and Plakat. His veil tails are almost always pure colors, like solid blue with a dark blue/black head, or deep solid red. He does keep them in those little cups that attach to the side of a larger tank, but the water is filtered and heated so that's good.