How I made a difference to neglected Betta Fish
Fish deserve not to be neglected
I love Betta fish and hate more then anything to see these beautifully made creatures live in a small plastic cup waiting to be sold. Seeing them in flthy water makes me want to hit the ceiling because they do not deserve that kind of treatment.
Every week I shop at the same retail store and would check the Betta's while purchasing food for my animals. Every week they were in filthy water. I called the manager and asked him if he would like to live in dirty water. He got someone to change it and I sent an email to corporate.
The next week I went in the same store and again they were not only in dirty water, but some you couldn't even see because it was so dirty. I dialed the store on my cell phone and called the manager again to the fish department and pointed out that there were dead ones on the shelf also. I sent another email to corporate.
Things got better for a while and the fish seemed to be kept clean. Then one day it started happening again and this time they not only were living in filthy water but were suffering from fin rot, a condition that happens when they are not kept in clean water. It rot's off their tails and fins and then they can not swim (making them die). This time I changed the water in all their bowls, an employee walked right past me while I was doing it and never said a word. I sent my final email to coporate.
I told them if they did not do something immediately about this situation I would not stop until they either started taking care of them or stopped selling them and the latter would please me the most. I also asked them how they would feel to sit in a bucket of dirty water all day. I told them that even though to some they are "just fish" they do not deserve to live in those conditions and that I will do what ever it took to make sure they were never allowed to sell these fish again.
Two days later, the manager from the store called me. He informed me they hired someone to work in the fish department and assured me until they started; that each morning the other employees were to go check on these fish first thing before they did anything else.
Of course I gave him a piece of my mind, told him that I changed the water in their cups, and that it was a disgrace for any animal to have live in fllth. So justice for those fish have been served and someone got a job. I think I scored double on that one.
I hate to see any animals being abused even if it is fish. Every animal deserves to live in a clean environment until they are adopted or bought.
I am their voice and I will always do what is best for any animal I see treated unfairly. These beautiful fish deserve to live a wonderful life. We took them from their homeland of China to make them pets, so why should they be neglected and uncared for.
Betta's come in all colors
How to take care of the beautiful betta
Betta or Chinese fighter fish are a species that come from China and are shipped here in little cups for people to buy thinking they can stay in a little cup. That is farther from the truth. Betta fish do not need a 50 gallon tank but at least a ten gallon tank to freely swim in. Males can not be housed together as they will fight each other to the death. Females can be housed together if they were born together.
These beautiful fish can do well with other aggressive species but should really be by themselves. You can put two fish in separate bowls next to each other so that they can exercise their puffy jaws. Males puff up their jaws at females to prove their manhood.
I do not recommend mating them however. These fish are bred like puppies and kittens, then make their way to store shelves to sit in a little cup. Most stores like Wal-Mart leave them sitting in dirty water for days on end without a care in the world that these fish need to be treated in a fair fashion.
Betta's need a warm tank just like other fish. You can buy a small heater and place it in the tank or a simple filter will generate enough heat to keep it warm. They need weekly water changes if you have a filter and every other day if you don't have a filter. They are dirty fish in the sense that their tanks do not stay clean very long.
Feeding should consist of a few pellets made for betta's daily or every other day.
If you can't take proper care of these fish, then please don't get them.
How to take care of Betta's
International Betta competition
How to tell male and female apart.
Most stores separate these fish so that the guesswork is taken out of trying to figure out if it's a boy or girl, but you can look at them and tell.
Male Betta's have beautiful long feathery fins. Some are two different colors and some are just one color. Female Betta's are much smaller then the males and have very short fins.
You can not house male and female together unless the female is full of eggs. If you house them together the male will keep fighting with her until she is dead. Hence the word fighter fish comes in because they are exactly that.
© 2012 Cheryl A Whitsett