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Old 03-23-2011, 12:07 PM   #1 
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Unhappy Why betta tanks should ALWAYS have lids.

I went to Petland today and swung by their betta section. They had just gotten in a new shipment, the fish all looked wonderful and the water was crystal clear.

And then I noticed two bettas in one cup. One had jumped right into the other's cup and they had totally ripped each other apart. After freaking out a little, I found the empty cup, washed my hands and transferred one to it. Bits of fin were everywhere, one of them was in really rough shape.

And then something caught my eye, a little flash of blue.

There was a betta in the sink. He had jumped out of his cup and into the basin (filled with murky, untreated, standing water) and was swimming around in there under a bubblenest. I found his cup and quickly scooped him back in there.

AND THEN. I saw, next to that cup, YET ANOTHER empty cup. I found its former occupant dried to a crisp on the side of the sink.

There were still two empty cups whose fish were missing when I had to leave.
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Old 03-23-2011, 12:43 PM   #2 
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That's terrible. Good job on putting the fish back in individual cups, though. I feel bad for all of them.
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Old 03-23-2011, 12:47 PM   #3 
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Wow...thats horrible.. Good for you for helping them out as much as you could.
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Old 03-23-2011, 12:59 PM   #4 
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I would say something to the store about it, that happened to me once and when I mentioned it, the manager said he would make certain they were lidded correctly. They certainly dont want* to lose stock, so maybe bring that up to hit a nerve.
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Old 03-23-2011, 01:38 PM   #5 
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i agree with PewPewPew. let the manager know what happened, and suggest they get cups with lids. good job, putting them back in their own cups! poor Betta Jerky fella. D: wouldn't have happened if they'd had lids. ;A;
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Old 03-23-2011, 03:30 PM   #6 
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I did inform the staff after correcting the problems myself, the girl who was in the area immediately put lids on the containers. I plan on popping back in again sometime this week to make sure they are all still lidded and the poor fellow whose fins got ripped to the base is being treated.
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Old 03-23-2011, 03:41 PM   #7 
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poor boy. D: i'm glad we don't have things like that here. x-X worst issue i've seen, is walmart, where there's no staff watching to make sure brats don't put two together. :/
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Old 03-23-2011, 03:56 PM   #8 
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poor boy. D: i'm glad we don't have things like that here. x-X worst issue i've seen, is walmart, where there's no staff watching to make sure brats don't put two together. :/
That's what I'd thought had happened at first, and I was surprised since this store usually pays better attention than that. But when I saw the fish swimming around in the sink, I realized what exactly was going on. :P
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Old 03-23-2011, 06:40 PM   #9 
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Sometimes, when I go to the hole in the wall mall pet stores .. . . I find mummified bettas on the shelves because for some reason they have no lids on their cups. It's disgusting.
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Old 03-23-2011, 08:43 PM   #10 
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Ew! I felt so bad for this poor fish. I have to wonder how he managed to dry up so completely before I found him.... it must have been terrible.. :c
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