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Old 04-17-2011, 01:04 AM   #1 
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First off, I have to say that I was fairly impressed with my local Petco's care of their bettas. That impression is fading fast. What I had seen were nice fish in clean containers. Now I'm seeing dirty containers and dead bettas.

Anyway...this guy has been at my local Petco for at least 2 weeks. I noticed him right away, but was trying to avoid ending up with bettas on every spare square inch of counter space, etc. You know how that is, right? So I've been checking this guy out the few times I've stopped in over the past couple weeks and there was just something about him. Yesterday, I was there to pick up a female for my sorority and noticed the lack of care that the bettas had been receiving. It's pretty bad when my little girls are counting the dead ones for me. Well, this guy was obviously still there, but I didn't get him. He was just hanging there in that cup, not quite lifeless looking, but he sure didn't look that well. I came home and decided I was going back to get him today. I can't save them all, but I was going to save him.

He's a delta and I guess you'd say he's a dragon, right? His upper lip does not line up with his lower lip when his mouth is closed which makes him look like he's puckering up for a kiss, hence the name "Puck". It's not terribly noticeable, but if you look for it you see it.

Once again, my photos are not too great. Scratched tank and dirty outside make for bad pics.









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Old 04-17-2011, 08:18 AM   #2 
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Wow, he is beautiful. I know what you mean, I feel like I can save them all.....umm no. Lol. But good for you, he's a beauty.
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Old 04-17-2011, 09:31 AM   #3 
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I've a similar dilemma with a betta I saw at my petco a couple days ago but holy mother of bacon... that fish is gorgeous. Like he was touched by king midas or something. If I saw that fish in petco, there'd be no debate about it - he'd be coming home with me! And if his fins were blue or purple....klsjdfkljsdlfkjsldkfj

Congrats on the gorgeous boy. I am pretty jealous, actually.
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Old 04-17-2011, 12:05 PM   #4 
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The Petco in my town was the same way. One day I want and they had beautiful fish & clean cups, everyone seemed happy and healthy. Then I went back a couple weeks later and it was totally different. Dead bettas, dirty cups, it was terrible. I think I got lucky the first time and got there when they had just gotten in a shipment so everyone was still new. Your betta is beautiful!
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Wow, he is beautiful. I know what you mean, I feel like I can save them all.....umm no. Lol. But good for you, he's a beauty.
Thanks. I like him.

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I've a similar dilemma with a betta I saw at my petco a couple days ago but holy mother of bacon... that fish is gorgeous. Like he was touched by king midas or something. If I saw that fish in petco, there'd be no debate about it - he'd be coming home with me! And if his fins were blue or purple....klsjdfkljsdlfkjsldkfj

Congrats on the gorgeous boy. I am pretty jealous, actually.
Thanks. It doesn't really show in the pics, but his main body color is a shimmery minty green. Looks gold in those photos.

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The Petco in my town was the same way. One day I want and they had beautiful fish & clean cups, everyone seemed happy and healthy. Then I went back a couple weeks later and it was totally different. Dead bettas, dirty cups, it was terrible. I think I got lucky the first time and got there when they had just gotten in a shipment so everyone was still new. Your betta is beautiful!
I'm starting to think that's the same situation here. Thanks for the compliment.
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Old 04-17-2011, 03:09 PM   #6 
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That's sad... makes me feel glad my LFS takes good care of their fish. :( He's really cute, though. Actually, my Robert's face looks a little like his. :)
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Old 04-18-2011, 09:44 AM   #7 
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That's sad... makes me feel glad my LFS takes good care of their fish. :( He's really cute, though. Actually, my Robert's face looks a little like his. :)
I'll keep going in there, since they're the only game in town. If the betta care doesn't improve, I will have to say or do something.
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