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Old 01-22-2011, 01:34 PM   #1 
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WHY do they do this?!

I cannot understand why this one seller on Aquabid takes the fish out of the tank to measure it! Literally lays it on a table, right out in the open air. I can't stand it! I'm not linking to it because linking to things showing animal abuse is against the rules, but no linking is needed to know that it is torture to the fish.
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Old 01-22-2011, 01:47 PM   #2 
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It is cruel. D:
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Old 01-22-2011, 01:49 PM   #3 
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I know. I would never buy from that seller, even if he does have nice fish. The poor little babies. =(
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Old 01-22-2011, 04:07 PM   #4 
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i've seen where they have them in bags with water to measure, which i like ALOT more. it's horrid to take them out of the water, though, and plop them onto a table, JUST to show how big they are. :/
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Old 01-22-2011, 04:29 PM   #5 
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It's really difficult to get a good measurement in their jar so they take them out of the water and measure them. It's really not that bad....seeing how bettas can live out of water for up to 5 hours.

There's another reason:

Let's say I have a female betta that's a little less than two inches long...I need to have a male around 2-2.5 inches long to be able to breed her...I wouldn't know his size and then I'd be dissapointed when I get him out of the box because he's not fit to breed with her.

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Old 01-22-2011, 04:44 PM   #6 
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Most fish can tolerate being out of the water for a short time and often this needs to be done for other reason besides measurements...if done correctly it can be safe...care needs to be made to protect the slim coat, keeping the gills moist and to place the fish back in the water as soon as possible...if longer time is needed for a treatment...sometimes you have to place the fish in and out of the water on occasion.
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Old 01-22-2011, 05:03 PM   #7 
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Okay, thanks for the information. =)
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Old 01-22-2011, 08:18 PM   #8 
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Wouldnt the betta flop around like other fish? If so I dont see how they can measure it. I wouldnt know though I never done it before
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Old 01-22-2011, 09:11 PM   #9 
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It's not cruel. So long as they remain wet they will be fine. The fish don't really flop either. Whenever I net my bettas they lay still.
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Old 01-22-2011, 10:13 PM   #10 
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By using wet soft towel-you lay these over the fish body and uncover the area that you need to work on...if you keep a wet cloth over the head/eye the fish -they will usually lay still.....often a piece of paper is used and you mark the fish- nose to tail for TL (total length) and from nose to caudal peduncle for ST (standard length) and put the fish back in the tank in less than 30sec to 1 minute...treatments can sometimes take longer-but the fish is usually back in the water in under 5 minutes.
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