02-21-2009, 01:57 PM
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Ahh...the topic that I always think over every time I walk into a pet store and see half-dead bettas. I WANT to buy them all so bad, but my mind says no. I'd love to stop buying from chain stores altogether, but the only private place I've found was no better than the chain ones.
Here's some food for thought though. The Petco that we have is actually pretty good especially with the bettas which are all usually clean and healthy although they are still stressed and unhappy. Petsmart on the other hand - wow, I walked in there and EVERY tank was infested with ick and some sort of terrible fin/body rot. The betta cups were blue and filthy (uh duh, maybe you wouldn't need the methylene blue if you cleaned the cups!) and the bettas themselves looked half-dead. However, there was another post that said that it was the exact opposite scenario with those two stores in their area. So, even if I buy from the good Petco, aren't I still contributing to the bad branches of the store? And even if I rescue from Petsmart, aren't I still contributing to the good branches of the store? If you ask me it is a no win situation, so I guess I'll just have to open my own store lol! Realistically, I wish that I had a good lfs to give my business to. Just some food for thought concerning the entire chain store issue.
Rescueing from other sources is wonderful though. I myself have a sweet little betta that I rescued from a teacher at school, and if the situation arises again I would not hesitate to do the same again. Good for all of you who have rescued bettas from being flushed!