Yep, I called all 4 of the pet stores in my area and only one place had betta females. They said they had 10, but I was still expecting drab, similar girls that were ungodly unhealthy.
This store was AMAZING for bettas.
When I walked in, 90% of the bowls were this horrid icky yellow color and I made a face which I guess the fish guy saw (I almost had a rant thread where I told people at the pet store off :P) and said they used something called BettaSpa(?) to release tannins and relax everyone. As I looked closer, the water was actually clean. He was very knowledgeable, and told me he kept bettas himself, and was able to answer every question I had correctly and very informatively. He even told me that it was likely all my girls were sisters, though he wasnt 100% sure. Everything was healthy, not just the bettas and I was overall very impressed. This will be my new lps of choice ^^
They did have dragons for only 7$ opposed to petsmarts 20$ though and had an AMAZING copper one. I had to leave without him, me setting up another tank would be all bad :P
Now for my halloween girls:
(If you could help my identify tail type, Id really appreciate it!)
Shes a bright green, though still a bit dingy from stress. My camera phone hates green apparently so she looks red/blue a lot. She's very apathetic and pretty much just showed her tail to the other girls who were trying to be in charge.
Oh maaaaaaan, shes the most adorable little peachy colored thing ever. I thought she was going to be the sweet little demure thing, but when I set her next to some of the other girls she was flaring up a storm and letting them know who was boss LOL. Shes one of the smaller ones, but I think shell be in running for the alpha. (She's also not that fat, I had her in a small round bowl for pictures and she wouldnt cooperate at all >:C)
At first I wasnt going to get her, she looked like she was a dull red in the cup at the store but she puppy dog eyed me and I couldnt say no :C
When I put her in some fresh water she colored almost instantly into a really pretty purple. Also, all the other girls had stress stripes when I took them out, she had breeding bars LOL
Obligatory red girl :P
She seems a bit dominant too and is the other girl I think might turn out to be the alpha. She has some amazing green iridescence on her tail and peppered in her scales.
And my other special purchase:
Killamonster the assassin snail! This place is the only place within an hours drive to carry something OTHER than mystery snails. He'll be plopped in with the girls.