I'm planning to get a betta from either a local pet store or the nearest Petco. Would it be considered improper to ask the water in the cup to be tested for ammonia and nitrites before purchasing?
I'd really like to know the levels so that I can treat for ammonia/nitrite poisoning as fast as possible if necessary. Also, if levels are absurdly high is it okay if I ask that the water be changed before I bring it home? I know traveling long distances with fish are not ideal, but I live an hour away from the nearest place I can purchase a betta. So I don't want my next to sit in horrid water any longer than necessary.
And it would be nice to have if the fish died. Sample of water they know was theirs in comparison to a sample of mine.
I have my own test kit I could bring, too.
I know I seem very paranoid, but I'm really not pleased with the water quality of bettas I've purchased in the area before, and I'd like to be able to show them why it's not good, as well as make sure I can do the best for my fish as quickly as possible.
Anyway, thoughts or comments are appreciated. I'm just not sure what to do.