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Old 04-05-2014, 01:59 PM   #71
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I love bettas!
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Old 04-05-2014, 02:11 PM   #72
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The Walmart here keeps the betta's nice. They clean their water every day and put them in the tanks with other fish that won't harm them or be harmed so most aren't in little cups
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Old 04-05-2014, 03:29 PM   #73
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Legislation is the way to go for fish health. First, legislate that every fish store provide free of charge a pamphlet of basic aquarium principles. Second, every fish bought must be accompanied with a species specific care sheet prior to purchase and signed buyer copy retained by the store. Third, prior to any fish purchase, the buyer should pass a basic aquarium exam. Fourth, legislate fish anti-cruelty statutes.

The place to start is in writing our legislators. I am not for the "nanny state" telling me I can only have a soda in a small cup, but I am against current unethical LFS practices and misinformation. And, I think goldfish suffer worse than bettas on that.

I bet everyone in this forum would be thrilled to get a personalized care sheet for each of their fish and quite happy to take a basic aquatic test.
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Old 04-05-2014, 03:58 PM   #74
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Just for fish to be used as pets, cause more rules and regulations for me raising catfish and talapia for restaurants would kill us, and basically every other fish farmer lol
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Old 04-05-2014, 10:34 PM   #75
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The Walmart here takes awful care of their bettas. 3 of my 5 boys were saved from gross conditions and ammonia levels that were sky high on their nasty little cups. I know the store will just replace them, but to those 3 boys, my taking them quite literally was the difference between life and death. I'm sure they are happy I did.

All of my boys enjoy heated/filtered tanks with regular water changes and a good diet of NLS and a variety of frozen supplements. A lot of people think they are 'spoiled'...no, it's not that. They are getting the care they deserve, because they are not the throw aways pet stores make then out to be.
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Old 04-07-2014, 10:56 AM   #76
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All of my boys enjoy heated/filtered tanks with regular water changes and a good diet of NLS and a variety of frozen supplements. A lot of people think they are 'spoiled'...no, it's not that. They are getting the care they deserve, because they are not the throw aways pet stores make then out to be.
I hate that ANY pet is treated as "throw-away". I work at a pet store, and I should be used to it by now, but it still floors me every time someone comes in, and as I'm trying to tell them that an animal will not survive in the conditions they've described, they shrug their shoulders and say "It's just a fish/hamster/etc.!"

It's very hard to keep your spirit up, when you see people every day who want to take a life home and keep it under terrible conditions, just for their amusement, or to shut their kid up. No wonder so many pet store employees just "check out" mentally. So far, I refuse...I'm very glad to see you and others on this forum treating one of the most abused pets like they're supposed to be. Thank you all!
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Old 04-07-2014, 01:24 PM   #77
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i agree with you...i wish i could rescue every betta in the pet stores! when i had my 125 tank a male & 4 females were super happy & healthy...now, because of limited space i can only keep a 5 gal but my Betta is doing very well-great fish with wonderful personalities...and the females can be a hoot!
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Just a thought. Every fish you "save" from bad conditions puts money in that store's pocket AND encourages them to just get more.

If more people asked for a manager and explained they would not be shopping at their store due to this abuse, AND wrote Corporate AND shamed the stores on social media...if enough people did that and voted with their money. THEN things might change.

I do understand. I've "rescued" from stores myself. But in my case, I told them the fish should be free. I was not going to pay for something about to die. But I would take it off their hands.

We had to do this with Puppies. Thus the Don't Buy Puppies in the Window campaigns. Stores stopped selling and it's now unusual to see a store selling puppies in my state. Most are quickly reported for any infraction.


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Except it's a whole different scenario lol. And even if it stopped in a few states in America it's way way worse and in bigger demand in the Asian countries where they get the betta's, or at least use to get the betta's
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Just a thought. Every fish you "save" from bad conditions puts money in that store's pocket AND encourages them to just get more.

If more people asked for a manager and explained they would not be shopping at their store due to this abuse, AND wrote Corporate AND shamed the stores on social media...if enough people did that and voted with their money. THEN things might change.

I do understand. I've "rescued" from stores myself. But in my case, I told them the fish should be free. I was not going to pay for something about to die. But I would take it off their hands.

Very, very good points! It's not as bad as it could be in our store, because we clean the betta cups so often, but still. The thing that drives me crazy is the display of "betta tanks" - 1 gal or less. NEVER more than three gallons. Gah! I encourage all the customers who comment on it to write to corporate.

I had a lady come in once very upset about the African dwarf frogs...she didn't want to believe me that they were fully aquatic. I wrote her their (and my) name down on a sticky note and encouraged her to research them and report me if I told her false. She apologized for being "crazy" but I told her "NO, do NOT apologize for caring" I wanted to hug her...I love people that care. People need to make more noise!

And on the topic of adoptions - at least the chain I work for WILL adopt out fish for free. Again...make a little noise! They don't WANT to give you the fish for free, and you may have to wait for a manager to approve it, but if you make a valid case, you can save a sad fish without rewarding the company with money.
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