Originally Posted by charliegill110
Thank you for your advice! I did have one betta, my second one Charlie, live 2 and half or maybe 3 years iirc. He was just a plain red veiltail from petco. Ime the "fancier" ones don't seem to live as long. I never pick the sickly looking ones (unless it's just clamped fins and paleness) because I'm really not good at diagnosing stuff. The 2 times I tried with my own bettas I was wildly wrong.
I agree I need to go with quality bettas but I live in a Midwest state in a "country" area so my options have always been very limited. My town just got its first "pet store" in 2017 and it's not really even a pet store it's an extremely expensive boutique that has a Betta corner. Before that I had to travel to get all my bettas. I've been very reluctant about having a Betta shipped to me because I don't know that much about it and I'm nervous about the Betta being in shipping. Plus isn't the shipping quite expensive? It's been going down to the 30s at night here already, could a Betta in shipping survive that? I was actually trying to look up breeders last night... how do I know if I'm picking a good breeder? I was kind of thinking it might be fun and maybe reinvigorating to contact a breeder and say something like "if I give you x amount of money will you pick a Betta for me idc about color or tail type" or is that dumb/setting myself up?
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I understand about not having any quality betta to choose from. In my town I have PetSense, and I had Wal-Mart until they stopped selling fish, to choose from, PetSmart is in the next town over and a 30 min drive to get to. Sadly PetSense seems to have very sickly betta and the cups they sell them in are the smallest I've ever seen.
To choose the breeder I used I went by word of mouth, and the reviews that the breeder had on his e-bay page. I also chose one that was in the same state as I am because I figured he'd know a lot about the local weather and how to best ship the betta in that type of weather. My boy arrived in a well padded, and insulated box. From what I understand during cold weather sellers put heat packs in the shipping box to keep the betta from getting too cold, and most won't ship betta if the weather is freezing.
The cost of shipping depends on where you are having the betta shipped from, I've seen some offering free shipping. I paid $12.99 for the shipping and consider the cost well worth it. If you get a betta from over seas then you'll be paying for a trans shipper, on top of paying for shipping and that's when shipping gets very expensive.
If you want to PM me the general area you are in I can look on E-Bay and see if I can help you find a decent seller.
I also agree with LittleBettaFish about checking out some other types of fish. My cory cats, in my 20 gal are around 2 years old and that oldest of them are doing great. They are not friendly like my betta, but they are fun to watch. The smaller species can go in a 10 gal, since you have a soil based, planted, tank they should do great in it.