How old are pet store bettas?

Discussion in 'Betta Fish' started by thefishdude277, Jul 15, 2015.

  1. thefishdude277

    thefishdude277 Well Known Member Member

    So I've seen threads on breeding bettas and a lot of people say "petstore bettas are usually too old to breed"
    I didn't want to hijack the thread, so I made this :)
    So how old are bettas found at pet stores?

  2. babynemo

    babynemo Valued Member Member

    Just looked it up on a Betta forum, says most large stores like Petsmart/Petco get them at 8-12 months old. But, also that it depends on the store. I know my Petco sales "Baby Bettas".
  3. BornThisWayBettas

    BornThisWayBettas Fishlore VIP Member

    junebug might know. I personally am not too sure, so.......
  4. OP

    thefishdude277 Well Known Member Member

  5. _Fried_Bettas_

    _Fried_Bettas_ Well Known Member Member

    Petstore bettas vary greatly in age. The ones at my local Petco look like young 4-5 month olds, but I've seen others, in particular Walmart, they look older. The ones at the LFS that I frequent seem to come from different sources, some are obviously young and high quality some are questionable.

    I don't understand why some stores have older bettas, unless they simply don't sell and sit on the shelf :( Not much profit in holding on to them long enough to get old.

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