So, I'm not quite sure if this thread should be placed in this category but it makes sense to in a way.
Well, as some of you know I work at PetSmart in pet care, so, I feed, clean, and treat (to the best of my ability) ill/injured animals. I also answer questions about any of our animals and help people find a solution to a problem they may be having. But, anyways, our store is brand new and has only been open since November of 2011 and I've been working there since it opened. For starters, I love my job and it's exactly what I wanted to do with my life, care for animals, and educate people about them.
So, after catching the betta bug and falling madly in love with my first betta (I now have 4
) I decided that I wanted to do something about how the bettas are being kept in little cups. I know they're only supposed to be temporary until they find homes but that's not always the case. I've seen some bettas last at least a month in those little cups before they either passed away or finally found a home. Ideally, if the bettas are taken care of the correct way they should be just fine in the cups for a short period of time but I'm finding that's not always the case. The other thing I'm finding is many people think that bettas are boring, mean, and depressing
. I know a lot is blamed on stereotypes but the other part I blame is the cups..
Since I don't plan on ever leaving PetSmart, I decided to make it a goal to try and eliminate the use of putting cupped bettas on a shelf. My idea is to have roughly the same size tank set up for a single betta as the other fish in the PetSmart stores. The only problem is that our store normally carry 4-8 of the females, CT male, HM male, and "dragonscales." Then probably 10-15 of the VT males. So my idea for this was to have several tanks for each kind and then the rest can be floated in a heated tank until there is space in the display tanks. This way bettas can be shown in sororities and with tank mates!
It's not perfectly planned out and I have no idea if anyone would even listen to my idea but it's something that I hope to achieve someday or at least possibly improve something with betta care/treatment.