what is a good place to get a betta

snowflake betta
  • #1
I was wonder what would be a good place to get a betta would petsmart be okk ?
 
Allie
  • #2
You can get them from anywhere, but they are all kept in tiny little cups. Which makes a difference in their health situation. One from chain store like pet smart needs to be rescued. If you can find a betta breeder in your area, I recommend getting one that way.
Ones from pet stores aren't as healthy.
 
snowflake betta
  • Thread Starter
  • #3
thnk allie but I don't know any betta breeders around here and I know definetly not to buy anything from wal-mart !!!
 
Alessa
  • #4
then rescue a little cup boy from petsmart... that what I am going to do as soon as my 5 gal hex finishes cycling.
 
jdhef
  • #5
I did a resue from Petco. It is very rewarding seeing the quick improvement the Betta makes once properly cared for.
 
snowflake betta
  • Thread Starter
  • #6
yep!!! thanks
any recomendations to make sure that I get a good health one !!
 
Alessa
  • #7
mostly all the bettas kept in cups will have some sort of problem since they are being kept in such conditions. Check for clamped or shredded fins, fungus...
 
Lucy
  • #8
I thought you already had a betta?
 
jdhef
  • #9
I just compared all of them, and took the one that looked to be in the best condition. (See alessa1235's post above for what to avoid)
 
Lucy
  • #10
Sorry, saw your other thread. I'm sorry you lost the little guy.
 
snowflake betta
  • Thread Starter
  • #11
yep I rescued him however when I went to the store to get him some meds he died !! I don't know what happen I had just gottin him from wal mart and I know it was a horrible place to get him from but I just had to rescue him but I ended up killing I had cycled a 5 gallon for him before and I waited 2 wks I feel so bad for having killed him I guess a 5 gallon was just too much for him to handle
 
Alessa
  • #12
I don't think it was the tank, bettas need space.

Like I said before it is because of the horrible conditions fish are kept in those cups.
 
Lucy
  • #13
I agree alessa, I think sometimes their health is already so compromised the stress is more than their little bodys can handle even with the best care.

5g isn't too much for a betta to handle.

Good luck.
 
jdhef
  • #14
Plus, he could have been in the last stages of that virus
 
Lucy
  • #15
While your choosing a betta, or it is choosing you, all us betta parents know they do the choosing lol, Shawnies has some good recommendations for you to have on hand.
Here's her thread:
 
Alessa
  • #16
Plus, he could have been in the last stages of that virus

true that. It could have been iridovirus.
 
Fishies-for-me
  • #17
You didn't kill him...the conditions he was kept in before is what did him in....no matter how long he lasted at least he had a little while of a warm clean tank with a loving family. He would of died much quicker and a lot more miserable a death if you hadn't of taken him home....good luck with your new one.
 
Devon
  • #18
I hear good things about Aquabid in terms of health and quality if you're serious about getting a really unique and beautiful betta. Have my eye on a couple there at the moment myself. ;D
 
chickadee
  • #19
Right now I would not be getting one from any of the vendors on aquabid without checking with one of those of us who have ordered from there first. There is a virus coming in from the Orient that is spreading through bettas, gouramis and other labyrinth organ fish and unless you know which of the breeders off of aquabid that are safe to deal with I would not order from there. There ARE some who are but not many that I would recommend from Thailand at the present. Just be very CAUTIOUS. My premium dealer of choice right now would be Miami Aquariums as he quarantines his fish before he sells them and any who are showing any signs of problems do not get sold. Fish you purchase from breeders from Thailand, you take your chances unless you are dealing with someone who is excellent and is well known. ASK SOMEONE BEFORE YOU BUY.

Just looking at pretty fish is nice but buying from just any breeder is a pretty good game of Russian Roulette right now and a better than even chance of getting a sick betta that will not live long. I just got two and one was horribly sick and died a horrible death eventually and the other is fine and going strong. It was the difference in the breeders I dealt with. So pay attention and do not go blindly into buying from aquabid without knowing who you are purchasing from. ASK US FIRST.

Rose
 
Devon
  • #20
The seller of the one I really want at present is called "Thehalfmoonspecialist" & is located in Sacramento, CA. Anyone familiar with this seller? x
 
Shawnie
  • #21
devon, can you post the link so we can get a peek of what your dreaming about?

although I couldnt ever afford any of them, I love the pics of others
 
Devon
  • #22
Well, actually... I *have* already bid on it... because I simply have to have him.

Here he is:


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drool drool drool drool drool
 
chickadee
  • #23
Well this fish is listed as coming from the US (California) so you may be okay unless it is coming from someone who has imported it from Thailand and is shipping it without quarantining it. But if they are the breeders themselves you are probably okay. We will send good thoughts and hopes.

Rose
 
Shawnie
  • #24
he is amazing!! I have no experience on bidding or that stuff, but holy moly! I love him!
 
Devon
  • #25
Thanks, Rose. I was hesitant to bid on anything from out of the country for that reason... there are many, many many bettas that I want, but a limited amount of space, and this one seems like a safer bet to me. Plus, as I said, I really don't think I can not have this guy...
 
jdhef
  • #26
Yeah I kinda hate browsing on Aquabid, because I want almost every Betta that is being sold!
 
sirdarksol
  • #27
I would say Aquabid (and only reputable, in-country dealers. Ask them questions about their quarantine methods, too) or Miami Aquariums are your best bets.
I try to stay away from PetSmart/Petco not because of the health issues of the fish, but because I don't like supporting the way that they keep their bettas. I would love to rescue all of the big chain bettas, but my idea of rescue would likely end up with me in jail.

I normally get my bettas from one of three local pet stores that keep their bettas in the larger tanks (in one way or another), but am leery of doing so right now because of the iridovirus plague.
 
jdhef
  • #28
I've seem Miami Aquariums come up a couple of times on this forum. Are they only available on Aquabid or do they have a direct website?
 
COBettaCouple
  • #29
We've gotten our Bettas from various sources and Rose's suggestion of Miami Aquariums is good as is an Aquabid seller, smilebetta.
 

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