4 Months at the Pet store?! - Betta Fish and Betta Fish Care
Like Tree1Likes
  • 1 Post By Rana
 
LinkBack Thread Tools
post #1 of 9 (permalink) Old 12-05-2019, 10:57 PM Thread Starter
Member
 
pnwbetta's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2019
Location: Oregon
Posts: 183
Unhappy 4 Months at the Pet store?!

The local spot for bettas, that I swore I would never buy from, I have of course broken down and bought my first Betta in a few years. Moved too much to put them through that stress after rehoming my last Betta friend.

But now I have 1 wonderful boy who's getting an upgraded tank as soon as it shows up.. however, as I went in to said pet store today to get a couple of in the meantime things, I discovered a few bettas have been there quite a while. Including one soft gray/violet boy who's been there nearly 4 months. In this tiny, tiny cup.
Apparently he's not as attractive or stunning as the other fish to some.

I didn't think they'd live that long in such a sterile (to put it mildly) environment, so I was stunned. And I nearly took him home with me. But where does it stop then? Because he's not the only long timer there, and what happens when another 1 or 2 stick around for... months and months?!

I'm not sure I have space for another larger tank, much less in an area that's a more 'active' space - yes, I know folks say they are loner fish but this new boy of mine hangs out as close to me, or even the cats when they're on the desk, as possible. Another fish would be relegated to some.. quieter? less noticed? space. Which even in a 5 gal (or under for now) tank is perhaps loads better than a tiny cup for the rest of his life. Which has been far longer than I would have thought possible in that cup.

Should I pick him up? Should I not? Is there a betta forum/site for bettas in need of a home? >.>

I'm not at risk of becoming the crazy cat lady, but the crazy betta woman? Yeah, maybe.
pnwbetta is offline  
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
post #2 of 9 (permalink) Old 12-05-2019, 11:09 PM
TFK Moderator
 
Rainbo's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2015
Posts: 2,585
LOL, welcome to my world!

I'm up to 5 tanks because I kept upgrading my tanks then instead of getting rid of the old tank I rescue a betta and he gets put in it. Once or twice I have gotten cheap 2.5 gal tank kits because I found a betta that needed out of the store and I had a place I could put a tank.

What keeps me at 5 tanks is I have no more room for another tank, and I do not have any desire to clean 6 tanks, as it is it's hard enough to keep up with cleaning the 5 I have. Also my apartment manager would likely have something to say as it is she only knows about 4 of the tanks! It does hurt to see one and know I could likely help it and have to say no, but it is what it is. I simply cannot save them all.



If you can provide the copper boy with a good home then go for it. You'll know when you reach your limit, and have to say no to the sick betta in the store. Also remember a 2.5 gal is O.K. to keep a betta in, just try to get one that is long rather then tall, and keep up with the upkeep on it.
Rainbo is offline  
post #3 of 9 (permalink) Old 12-05-2019, 11:24 PM Thread Starter
Member
 
pnwbetta's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2019
Location: Oregon
Posts: 183
I could easily get to 5 tanks! I bought this dinky 2.5 gal while waiting for the 9 gal to arrive. Then at the store today I considered a lovely 5 gal they had. Uh oh.

Cleaning all those tanks is quite a chore though, I'm sure. I'm also concerned about Betta care while I'm away (I travel a few days every month), my hubby would not be happy if one died or got sick on his watch. And honestly... fish are much more tetchy than a cat or dog it seems.

It's true, can't save them all. That knowledge is how I ended up volunteering at pet shelters, if I can't take them home I can at least help them out! But fish are easier to sneak in here and there I'm afraid. No one worries as much if you have 2 or 3 fish tanks, but 15 or 20 cats? Yeah...

I'll certainly mull over the 2nd addition. At least this chain stores local shop has two very dedicated staff members, who are able to keep the water clean and the fish fed enough to keep them alive 4 freaking months! (One of them has 16 bettas at home, and the other 21 I believe - I'm not alone in this problem I guess)
pnwbetta is offline  
 
post #4 of 9 (permalink) Old 12-06-2019, 07:34 AM
Member
 
Old Dog 59's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2018
Location: Oil City PA. USA
Posts: 1,285
Aquarium
I think you have just identified most of us on here. (I myself now have 8 5.5 gallon tanks around my office.) I started out with just one 5.5 gallon and said that was it. and as time went by I added another. and bought a few more complete setups when I noticed them on sale. For the most part they were setups under $20.00. And since I have the space I said why not. I have one true rescue ( Gunny) who is now 6 years old and another Walmart rescue (Morry) who just found him self being put into a 10 gallon community tank (for revenge on the rest of the inhabitants who the other day tore up Cal My big blue HM. ) Cal is doing fine and resting in Morry's old tank along with Morry's tank mate Gilford Guppy. ))

Getting back to our subject of the length of time and age of in store betta. Depending on how much business this store does you may find that they don't replace their stock that often. When they get down to one or two betta then they will replace the stock. The older betta are still kept until they sell. Most times the betta don't sell for many reasons. One being You can see they are not in the best of shape and suffer may different ways. and customers see these indiscretions and the lack of care and don't bother buying because of it.

It is truly a shame that this happens but there are some smaller LFS that have had their betta and other stock for many more months. I know there is a place up in Eire PA that I go to to get plants . They have betta also ( VT and Crown tail) this is all they carry because the owner likes the price he gets them for. Most of the betta he has ( 15 ) have been in the store for more than a year. However they are well cared for and each one is in a 2,5 gallon tank and when he sells them the tank goes with them. His price for the betta and tank are around $70.00. This is another reason they don't sell.

In my book Betta are like money in the bank. (you can't have enough.) ( 8 betta and growing, two community tanks of 25 fish each, Two cats soon to have 3. ) Yep crazy is not an option it is the way thins are around here. LOL
Old Dog 59 is offline  
post #5 of 9 (permalink) Old 12-06-2019, 02:29 PM
Member
 
rockin3's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2011
Posts: 62
Is there any way to tell how long a fish has been there? Obviously, size can be a clue...but just curious. Is it just that you've recognized the same one over and over again on subsequent trips?
rockin3 is offline  
post #6 of 9 (permalink) Old 12-06-2019, 03:07 PM
Member
 
Rana's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2013
Location: MA
Posts: 551
Aquarium
Quote:
Originally Posted by rockin3 View Post
Is there any way to tell how long a fish has been there? Obviously, size can be a clue...but just curious. Is it just that you've recognized the same one over and over again on subsequent trips?
Some stores have arrival dates on the labels! Pet Supplies Plus does this for sure, because that's where my mother looked for the fish that had been there the longest when choosing her latest betta. I think the oldest at our store was there for about three months.
Old Dog 59 likes this.


SIP
Rana is online now  
post #7 of 9 (permalink) Old 12-06-2019, 10:58 PM Thread Starter
Member
 
pnwbetta's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2019
Location: Oregon
Posts: 183
Quote:
Originally Posted by Old Dog 59 View Post
I think you have just identified most of us on here. (I myself now have 8 5.5 gallon tanks around my office.) I started out with just one 5.5 gallon and said that was it. and as time went by I added another. and bought a few more complete setups when I noticed them on sale. For the most part they were setups under $20.00. And since I have the space I said why not. I have one true rescue ( Gunny) who is now 6 years old and another Walmart rescue (Morry) who just found him self being put into a 10 gallon community tank (for revenge on the rest of the inhabitants who the other day tore up Cal My big blue HM. ) Cal is doing fine and resting in Morry's old tank along with Morry's tank mate Gilford Guppy. ))

Getting back to our subject of the length of time and age of in store betta. Depending on how much business this store does you may find that they don't replace their stock that often. When they get down to one or two betta then they will replace the stock. The older betta are still kept until they sell. Most times the betta don't sell for many reasons. One being You can see they are not in the best of shape and suffer may different ways. and customers see these indiscretions and the lack of care and don't bother buying because of it.

It is truly a shame that this happens but there are some smaller LFS that have had their betta and other stock for many more months. I know there is a place up in Eire PA that I go to to get plants . They have betta also ( VT and Crown tail) this is all they carry because the owner likes the price he gets them for. Most of the betta he has ( 15 ) have been in the store for more than a year. However they are well cared for and each one is in a 2,5 gallon tank and when he sells them the tank goes with them. His price for the betta and tank are around $70.00. This is another reason they don't sell.

In my book Betta are like money in the bank. (you can't have enough.) ( 8 betta and growing, two community tanks of 25 fish each, Two cats soon to have 3. ) Yep crazy is not an option it is the way thins are around here. LOL
I have the space I suppose, but saying why not is a quick way to get me to 3 or 4 tanks. :)

6 years though! That's awesome. Now that it looks like were staying in one spot for years and years (I hope) I thought it was time to venture back into aquarium land. Betta land more than anything else. And I thought 3-5 years was good, but 6?! #bettagoals

$20 complete tank setups? wow. That would make more bettas far simpler to acquire. :D

And this particular store I'm told does 225-250 Betta sales a month, double that in December. They just got 75 beautiful ones in a few days ago, which is how that lovely but not so flashy boy is getting overlooked. It's hard to sell him though when he's tucked in a corner and the lovely, beautiful, flashy blues, blacks, turquoise, and reds dance with their big fins right at eye level.

I just wish they'd move the slow sellers to center stage. Get them a little more attention.

Quote:
Originally Posted by rockin3 View Post
Is there any way to tell how long a fish has been there? Obviously, size can be a clue...but just curious. Is it just that you've recognized the same one over and over again on subsequent trips?
Not all of them change much in size, it's a bit like plants it seems to me. Occ. with both, keep them in a too small container and they won't achieve any real growth. Move them to an appropriate container with better food and living conditions? They'll quadruple. Leave them in tiny containers and they will, eventually, die early.

This at the store guy is about 8 months old I guess and he's smaller than some of the baby Bettas coming in. :\

The employees knew the 3 or 4 that had been sitting there out of hundreds for more than a month or two. Faded white, small bettas don't go quickly. Especially when they leave them down on the side rows.

Quote:
Originally Posted by Rana View Post
Some stores have arrival dates on the labels! Pet Supplies Plus does this for sure, because that's where my mother looked for the fish that had been there the longest when choosing her latest betta. I think the oldest at our store was there for about three months.
I wish they would put on the arrival dates, but I'm guessing that would mean having to admit they don't manage their fish population very well.
pnwbetta is offline  
post #8 of 9 (permalink) Old 12-06-2019, 11:44 PM
TFK Moderator
 
RussellTheShihTzu's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2013
Location: Tennessee
Posts: 18,059
As an aside: Betta can go two weeks or more without food. Clean the tank before you go out of town and tell your hubby no need to feed. Figure it like this: No Food In = No Food Out. Which means a clean tank.

Have you thought about going to one of the $1 per gallon sales and getting a 20 long and dividing x 3? I have two like that with separate heaters and filters in each section. You can start out with just one Betta and add another divider/filter/heater as needed. I do water changes every two weeks. With tanks that size you don't need to do weekly water changes....unless, of course, the parameters are wonky.

My 60-Year Aquarium and 53-Year Betta Addictions
https://www.bettafish.com/144-journa...addiction.html

If your dog thinks you are the greatest do not seek a second opinion
RussellTheShihTzu is offline  
post #9 of 9 (permalink) Old 12-07-2019, 08:32 PM Thread Starter
Member
 
pnwbetta's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2019
Location: Oregon
Posts: 183
Quote:
Originally Posted by RussellTheShihTzu View Post
As an aside: Betta can go two weeks or more without food. Clean the tank before you go out of town and tell your hubby no need to feed. Figure it like this: No Food In = No Food Out. Which means a clean tank.

Have you thought about going to one of the $1 per gallon sales and getting a 20 long and dividing x 3? I have two like that with separate heaters and filters in each section. You can start out with just one Betta and add another divider/filter/heater as needed. I do water changes every two weeks. With tanks that size you don't need to do weekly water changes....unless, of course, the parameters are wonky.
Not having to worry about water changes as frequently would be good too. And yeah a few days or more without food would be fine and save the hubby some stress.

Thanks for the great ideas!
pnwbetta is offline  
Reply

Quick Reply
Message:
Options

Register Now



In order to be able to post messages on the Betta Fish and Betta Fish Care forums, you must first register.
Please enter your desired user name, your email address and other required details in the form below.

User Name:
Password
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.

Password:


Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.

Email Address:
OR

Log-in










Thread Tools
Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
Email this Page Email this Page



Posting Rules  
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On

 
Powered by vBadvanced CMPS v3.2.3
For the best viewing experience please update your browser to Google Chrome