Buying Bettas

  1. mg13

    mg13 Well Known Member Member

    HI, I want to buy myself some bettas, but where I live there are no local breeders. So my question is this, is it better to buy a fish online, or to buy it in store? I know it's not really a good idea to support pet store sales of bettas, but doesn't that depend on the store, like if my valley petco keeps their betta water clean and healthy, but my north side one doesn't, If i buy from the valley store it won't at all influence whether the north side store will keep them or not, right?

    also, is there a good website to buy Betta's off online without going broke? thank you!
     
  2. Airth

    Airth Valued Member Member

    I've found that if you're looking to buy fish of any kind online, you'll be paying much more than in a store. Shipping alone is downright expensive.

    Buying a betta from a chain store can be chancy. Many times they're not well kept and have problems like ich or finrot. Observe them carefully before getting one from Petco or petsmart.

    That being said, I'd get your betta from whichever place takes the best care of their fish (if you don't buy online). Petco sells little betta babies (I got baby girls for my sorority) which are the least expensive at only about $3. If you go with a baby, you probably won't be able to guarantee what color or tail type you're getting. I thought I had a white cellophane girl and just recently she's developed black splotches so she has the marble gene in her. She's beautiful in any case, but something to consider. =) Pics please once you get your betta?
     
  3. OP
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    mg13

    mg13 Well Known Member Member

    I will, my other friends on https://www.fishlore.com/fishforum/betta-fish/233056-changing-stock-3.html asked too, so I'll be posting them there, if you want you can subscribe over there.

    my question was because I don't really want to support selling in pet stores, but then people like me couldn't get Bettas, so I guess as long as I take care to find healthy ones, and support an OK store, I really don't have a choice.

    Also, I'm considering buying from these guys, because I support what they are doing.http://annasfishtails.wix.com/ahomeforfish
     
  4. j

    jpm995 Well Known Member Member

    I think the quality of the online breeders are much better than a lfs. Aquabid.com used to have a great selection but was very expensive and shipping was crazy high. If your looking for something rare try online, for a regular betta lfs is the way to go, some even have the rarer types.
     
  5. Grimund

    Grimund Well Known Member Member

    They rescue from big chain stores? Like how, buying them? And the copy right of the year 2023?

    As much as I like the idea, something doesn't seem right. Very little info is there too.

    Honestly, give a betta a better home then a plastic cup destined to the trash. The stores net them as losses on taxes so not buying them won't really stop them. They do carry some very pretty betta that I'm jealous I don't have the tanks for :(
     
  6. Flowingfins

    Flowingfins Fishlore VIP Member

    IMO, online is the way to go. They don't have muttled genetics, and are usually very good quality.
    http://www.eugenefishstore.com/mobile/index.php?redirectCancelled=true
    I have ordered from here, Sean is excellent about answering any questions you have. Shipping was reasonable, the DOA policy is practically unheard of. They garuntee live fish up to 3 days after they are delivered. I will definitely be ordering from them again.
    Here's my unboxing video, it's a pretty bad video overall (first video lol) but it shows the way they package them.
    https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=AlS67S3ZNpc
    I have also ordered Via aquabid from two sellers. One in Thailand and one in Florida. I would try to find a seller in the US, shipping will be cheaper and no transhipping fees.