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Old 03-23-2011, 11:37 PM   #11 
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Honestly, I wish everyone would realize that it depends on the store and the people working there.
It doesn't matter which store is better, what matters is who is working there to properly take care of the fish.
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Old 03-23-2011, 11:40 PM   #12 
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For those of you who are curious: The "blue" in the water is methylene blue. It's an anti-fungal treatment, and is also effective against certain parasites like ich. In the fish lab that I work in, we use it primarily to prevent new eggs/embryos from developing fungal fuzz.
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Old 03-23-2011, 11:59 PM   #13 
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I'm surprised that Petco would do a saltwater bath, but here's the deal:

A drastic change in osmotic pressure is tolerable to a large organism such as a fish, but small organisms such as parasites will die (possibly rupture) as a result of stress. I've never heard of a saltwater bath for Bettas, but it is common to do a freshwater bath for saltwater fish. The pet store that I worked at in 1989 dipped every saltwater fish that we received before it entered our system. I've even done a formalin (37% formaldehyde) bath on saltwater fish.

It's similar in theory to chemotherapy on a human.

Petco gets better fish and keeps them in larger cups than Petsmart. Adding the methylene blue to the water at Petsmart is a crutch to allow them to neglect the fish longer. As AngelicScars said, it is more about the people that work at an individual store than the chain that owns it.

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Old 03-24-2011, 12:04 AM   #14 
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Adding the methylene blue to the water at Petsmart is a crutch to allow them to neglect the fish longer.
Agreed! It does nothing for ammonia levels. (You still have to change the water when using it.)
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Old 03-24-2011, 02:22 AM   #15 
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I LOOOOOVE my petco they always mislabel the bettas so i get 14.99 fish for 7 bucks lol other then that they really are awesome
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Old 03-24-2011, 03:03 AM   #16 
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If it's just a normal 1-2 tsp/gal salt treatment, it's probably a pretty good thing for the fish. Salt baths kill off a lot of the nasty fungal infections that bettas tend to pick up. I don't know that "shocking their system" is the best way to put it, but the actual process goes a long way to keeping the fish healthy.

As far as the methylene blue, the Petsmart right next door to me that usually does lots of water changes and carries healthy bettas puts it in their cups. The Petco in the city which seems to put less care into their fish does not. Of the 3 bettas I've bought in the last 8 months, the only sick one came from that Petco.
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Old 03-24-2011, 01:22 PM   #17 
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I may go to my local petco myself and see what you guys are talking about. =/
I assumed all big petstore chains were bad, since they all support backyard breeders. Petco's fish may be fine, but where do they get their hamsters? Guinea-pigs? Lizards? Do you see a new parrokeet there every week? Did the ones from last week die off? Fish aren't the only animals.
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Old 03-24-2011, 05:42 PM   #18 
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Petco gets better fish and keeps them in larger cups than Petsmart..

not here, the cups at my local petsmart is almost Double the size of the cups at my local petco...
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Old 03-24-2011, 06:09 PM   #19 
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The only difference between the two places cup size is that there's a hole in the top at Petco for the betta's to breathe easier. The Petsmart near me has the same cups aside from no hole in the lid. That and the water is disgusting. Excuse my languege but Screw the blue water a female was diving for the bottom of the cup when I was there once and it was painful to watch them all suffer. I did see a beautiful white CT though.
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Interesting.

Here is what the stores in Portland use:

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