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Old 12-30-2011, 11:02 AM   #1 
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Exclamation Petco and Petsmart

I visited both stores and their bettas were really badly taken care of


Petco= all the bettas are veiltail and out of 50 like 30 had blue/green medicine in the water ( no one buys those ).

Petsmart= all the fish in blue/green water!


So, what do you think?
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Old 12-30-2011, 11:10 AM   #2 
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The blue water is a medication. It's not something terrible. And being veil tail has nothing to do with care. Were the fish healthy? Was the water clean? That's what good care is while in a pet store. If the only problem was the medication, then there is no problem. I don't like the medication either, but if the fish are healthy and clean, then it's fine.

Also each store differs on their treatment of the animals. I have been to good and bad examples of each store.
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Old 12-30-2011, 12:21 PM   #3 
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The blue water is dosed with malachite green which helps keep the fish from getting infected by the undoubtedly horrible water quality. Most stores are doing that nowadays because it keeps the fish healthy a little longer.

The color of the water has little to do with how good a care they're taking of the fish because the stuff that really hurts the fish (ammonia) is colorless.
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Old 12-30-2011, 01:10 PM   #4 
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I was wondering what the blue stuff was!!! When I got my fishie Sidonie and was acclimating him to his new water it stained the clothes pins blue! I thought they were dyeing the water to cover up the bad water quality!

I guess its a little better if it has a purpose at least...
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Old 12-30-2011, 01:16 PM   #5 
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the fish you'll find and how they're treated usually varies by the store.
My local Petcos take pretty good care of their bettas. They put them in slightly larger cups, keep their water clean, rarely see a dead one, and they have a pretty good selection. I've seen VT, CT, Delta, HM, PK, King PKs and Giant HMPKs there.
My local Petsmart does the blue water thing and doesn't clean the water as often. When i try to pick up a cup they are stuck to the "placemats" they place them on on the shelves. so I'll stick to Petco for my bettas in the future.
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Old 12-30-2011, 02:12 PM   #6 
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A mom&pop store i went to a bit ago was using cups that looked smaller then the average walmart cup and 2 of them had green water and a significant amount of algae growing in them.

How is that even possible?
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Old 12-30-2011, 02:14 PM   #7 
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I misspoke. The blue water is methelyne(sp?) blue not malachite green. Both tint the water however.

If there's enough ammonia and enough light algae will grow in the cups.
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Old 12-30-2011, 02:25 PM   #8 
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The Petco near me is pretty bad. I'd say about 15-20% of their selection is 'decent' and the rest look pretty bad. I could even spot a few dead Betta and the majority is just sitting and hard to tell if they are even moving anything. I'm tempted to just buy the Betta online at the auction website. At least then I can get a healthy Betta with the tail and color I desire.
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Old 12-30-2011, 02:34 PM   #9 
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i always wonder what that is...i went to PetSmart and got my fish, ALPHA...he was the only one that didnt look too sluggish or half dead...his cup was kindda cloudy...all of the fish cups were cloudy :(
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Old 12-30-2011, 07:44 PM   #10 
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There are two Petcos near my home.. one seems to have the best care and selection I've ever seen but the other is really the worst. The Petsmarts nearby fall somewhere in between.
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