kaleboy (kaleboy) wrote in iapetshopwatch,

PetCo again:

Okay, well, the malnourished mice were gone. Not sure if they were adopted, taken to the back, or what, but they aren't there now. The fire-bellied frog situation is still the same.

The dead fish list today was:
  • 1 red-tailed shark
  • 2 male guppies
  • 3 neon tetras

    One albino cory cat also was missing a tail and will almost certainly die.

    The leopard gecko situation either has gotten worse or maybe more were visible today than last time. I saw 2 which were seriously to thin and 3 which had missing tails (far from fatal and the tails will grow back, but it shows either improper handling or crowded conditions). Additionally, one had a wound just above his left hind leg, about a 1/2 inch cut that was fairly deep.

    Ouch, I really wish that I had brought my camera.

    Somebody made a comment to me the other day in real life about the health of bettas and they clearly didn't understand the situation, so let me explain it in case others don't understand.

    The bettas which are sold as pets are primarily male bettas, as they are far more attractive. Male bettas sold in the average pet shop are adult males which have already been bred or are not the ideal specimens and are rejected. For those which have bred, they usually have torn fins and are weak. Mating between bettas is pretty rough and both the males and females sustain damage. Afterwards, males take care of the babies and do not eat during this time period. Finally, males tend to be sold in small containers, placed next to other males, which causes stress and sometimes depression. So, the reason why bettas tend to not be in good shape in most cases and why they often don't live very long is because the fish sold in the trade are already old, weak, and injured and the high demand for bettas combined with the fact that you can't house males together, is the reason why they are kept in small containers. Imagine if a pet shop kept all of its bettas in large tanks (some actually do). They would either need a ton of tanks or more frequent shipments, both of which are expensive.

    Additionally, bettas breathe from the surface most of the time, but can breathe from the water as well. A lot of people complain about how there is no aeration in betta cups, but this isn't really an issue for them, so long as there is a hole in the lid and a little room for air at the top of the cup.

    Now, this isn't to say that there aren't things that can be improved, but if you want your cheap betta in a cup, you have to deal with the consequences. However, I don't recommend keeping bettas in those little cups. They can live much longer in bigger tanks, even if it's just a gallon or two, it could increase their lifespan by a year and make them much happier. One which I adopted from a college student who was moving had lived for almost 4 years in a 5 gallon tank and then lived an additional 2 years at my place. (in a waterfall tank, so I'm not sure how much water. Roughly 10-15 gallons of water I would guess.)

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