i bought a female betta at my local petsmart the other day, and the lady asked me if i had everything i needed for her and i told her she was going in my sorority tank and she looked at me like i was nuts... especially when i told her that we had 5 girls in the tank already! I would think that petstores would cover basic animal care in their training... it would save them a ton of money in the long run
It's sad really. I was at Petsmart and this couple was going to buy this small critter carrier and a new betta. Me just standing around looking at the new load of bettas. ( Surprisingly my store actually takes care of them) I had to inform them about the proper care and fish tank. They gladly took my advise and picked up a 5 gallon tank and picked up a heater. Then, the employee decided I was giving out the wrong info and I told him, no. I have three bettas at home and I've looked up the right care and such. HE left me alone. It's horrible how people, who work at a pet store, no nothing.
This didn't happen with an employee but I was at petco yesterday and a woman was looking at the bettas and so I stopped and talked to her. I asked if she was going to get a betta and she told me she had 3 already and she kept them in heated 5 gallon tanks.
It always nice to find other people who care for their bettas and do the research regardless of what pet stores say! Should have asked if she knew about this site...
That's great to hear! I was thinking about going to my local petsmart and asking if I can place papers with information about proper betta care, since I've seen people talking about it before xD But I'm not sure if they'd do it. They're more into profit than animal care :/ I go in there and stare at the bettas, usually people would question me, but in this store it's like " You gonna buy one or what?" Sickens me. Though, like I said, their bettas are usually cared for pretty well..
I was told a betta can fit in a large starbucks sized cup. Happily. And thrive. Happily.
Except Shiloh has to have his 20 gallon, El Dorado has to have his 10, Dally has to have his 1 gallon, The sorority inspected and welcomed all 7 guppies to their domain, Jekyll likes being with other fish, Conan has to be alone...
Betta lovers/experts up against "I got this job last year but really only sounds like I have been here for a week", misinformed employees.
it is sad though. unfortunately, i do agree, a lot of places only see animals as profits. luckily, i really feel like the store i work at genuinely cares, at least a good percentage, we try to fix the problems we're having with pets instead of saying "oh it was just a $15 hamster" or "oh it was just a fish". although, i feel like maybe i care too much sometimes. but, maybe that's why i am where i am.
I recently went to Petsmart.
To my surprise, they had new fish. Healthy crowntails. Young and flaring. Half moon bettas flaring too. It was sad really, knowing that these guys would end up ill or in an inexperienced home. I was temped to pick one of them up, but I ended up taking home my first female, who was sitting in the back of petco. Which was also fresh in stock. Sadly, I couldn't get her a heater yet. I wasn't going to bother my father anymore xD Anyway. I really hope to come across a petstore that actually cares for pets..