Originally Posted by sharka91
I'm not too sure why people call buying a betta at a pet store a "rescue." Is it because of the small containers? Bettas are anabantoids and don't mind small space. It's keeping them within sight of other bettas for so long that stresses them out. maybe that's why they need "rescuing".
People call them rescues because they're usually bought when in bad conditions. Extreme ammonia levels, terrible fin rot, emaciated, sick. Pet stores push the limits of a bettas stereotypical water capacity, and to top it off they usually do 1 water change a week, sometimes less sometimes more depending on the staff.