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I went into my Petsmart to look. Just to look. I told myself I wasn't going to get anything, not even cat treats for my kitties. And I walked out with another 2.5g tank and a scraggly looking girl. Sigh. This is why I stay out of casinos and bars.

Soooo, I have a new girl. Judging from her cup, she'd been there for some time 'cause the water was nasty and it looked like the lid hadn't been dusted for a while. Her fins are pretty ragged right now but other than that she seems lively because she just tried to jump. I can't tell you what color she is because I have no idea. Right now she's kind of clearish with serious horizontal stress stripes She looks like a zebra danio. I'm hoping she'll turn out to be blue or green since I already have two red bettas. Well, sorta red. Goldikova's kind of red-gold-brown. I'll try and post a picture or two when she settles down and stops hiding behind her plants.

So . . . take my advice. Don't go into pet stores just to look. It doesn't work.
 

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Yeah, I'm learning that lesson. Sigh, it was never an issue until I got into fish. Sure I'd look at the hamsters and mice and think, "Oh cute!" but I somehow managed not to get any. But these bettas, knowing they have to live and breathe in those stupid cups . . . I'm a sucker, that's what I am.
 

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Can anyone remind me of the proper dosage of aquarium salts? Her fins are in major need of help.
 

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I think it is 1tbsp for 5 gallons, maybe more but I know this much is normal :)
I go just to look too and end up with 5 bettas, a turtle, 4 mice and a kazillion mollies! It all started with the mice :X...I think someone should start therapy programs for people like us: Help for the Multiple Pet Acquisition Disorder Affected and Betta Lovers Anonymous
 

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I think it is 1tbsp for 5 gallons, maybe more but I know this much is normal :)
I go just to look too and end up with 5 bettas, a turtle, 4 mice and a kazillion mollies! It all started with the mice :X...I think someone should start therapy programs for people like us: Help for the Multiple Pet Acquisition Disorder Affected and Betta Lovers Anonymous
Yup, sign me up, I think I need the extra extensive therapy program :) And my local Petco has a special room for a cat rescue society so I cruise by there all the time also . . . little more self control there because I already have 8 cats. But it sure does get hard to resist. One thing I'll never bring home: snakes or lizards.

Actually, fightergirl, I'm hoping my new girl turns out to look like the one in your avatar. Her fins seem like they may be reddish but her body is dark so I'm hoping it'll be blue or green. She still looks like a danio right now, though.

TwilightNite, I almost did. I actually put back the second girl while they were ringing me up. She was in a much better condition and I thought, "Okay, she's pretty so she has a good chance of being adopted but this ragged girl here needs a home now."

But the bad news is I have to go back to that Petsmart to get some sand . . .
 

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My friends have to drag me away from the fish section...

Either I'm wanting another plant, talking to the fish people (2 people at my Petsmart are knowledgeable)

Or... I see the Betta's. Thankfully they moved the Betta's to the front of the store. Even if all I see are people with Critter Keepers for them.

I really want another betta or have a sorority! Save all the poor females from my store!
 

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I went to both petco and petsmart today and the selection was terrible. Uusally petco takes good care of the bettas, but they haven't been apparantly. They also had a bad selection, they used to have amazing stock.

There is a crowntail boy I am tempted to go back and see if they will give him to me, he was floating on his side and badly bloated, but no pineconing.

If I go back, what should I say to try to talk the manager into rescue?
 

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*sigh* Try working in a pet store. I've been back to work for two months and have 4 bettas. What makes it even worse is that when fish orders come in I'm the one who deals with the bettas *facepalm*
 

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i went to walmart today just to look. The one betta they had was dead and rotting :evil:
I take my dog into petco every day because he likes to go "shoppylifting", there were some there that I wanted but lack of funds preventing me from getting the one i wanted. He was a red and white Double Tail and has serious fin issues.
 

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*sigh* Try working in a pet store. I've been back to work for two months and have 4 bettas. What makes it even worse is that when fish orders come in I'm the one who deals with the bettas *facepalm*
Ouch. But considering it's been two months and you only have four bettas, that's pretty good. Buuuut, the good thing about you working at a pet store is that the bettas have someone who is knowledgeable to deal with them. So those are lucky bettas. :)

Quick update: still no clue what color she is. Now she kinda looks rusty black-gray. She's still shy so I don't too much of her but I think she ate the bloodworms I left in the tank for her. My male got sick last night so I wasn't able to spend as much time with my new girl as I normally would have. She's spunky though, already tried to jump out while I was changing her water.
 

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I think we need to set up a hotline, you know that? When one of us is about to purchase yet another betta we don't have money or room for, we call the number and someone gently counsels us out of it.
 

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Aww..well I am glad she found you for a home. I know she will get great care with you.

I have avoided the fish section at Walmart since bringing home Chai Li. I just can't stand going in there and looking at all those poor fish having to live like that. Makes me so angry.

I can't wait to see pics of your new fish!
 

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Good luck with the new fishy sakura! Looking forward to a photo when she shows her colours!

I agree with the "too many pets hotline"! I've got 2 dogs, a cat, 6 budgies, 7 canaries, a cockatiel, 17 fish (NOT including 14 six day-old molly fry), and a shrimp!

And cajunamy, I was going to say the exact same thing as fishyfishy did.... your avatar is hella cool!
 

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Thank you! I can't wait until she settles in and I can see what color she'll be. I think she's a veiltail but I'm not sure, her tail's a little ragged. Her anal fin is pretty messed up too but it's not infected so that's good.

I went back to Petsmart today to get some sand and I managed to walk out with just the sand, a net breeder, and some frozen daphnia. No fish! But I did check on the pretty girl I put back last night and she's still there, all clamped up. My resolve is weakening . . . soon I'll make up an excuse to go back to Petsmart and just happen to pick up another fish . . . and a hamster or two. Quick, someone set up that hotline now!
 

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Also to be fair, if they didn't need heaters, I would have 100 betta right now >w>


Yesyes I know I can just get a huge tank and split it but I have no space. I'd probably be willing to do 100 daily water changes for all the 1Gals I will have *HORRIBLE*
 
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