Pet Shop Employee Shows Cruel Way Betta Fish Are Shipped : Ecorazzi

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I once complained that it as creul for betta to live in small containers and the next time I went to the pet shop I found bettas living with goldfish in 65 dagress farenhite,strong filtration, and no almost no space to go to the surface. Even crueler then the one before.
Three shops: the Betta Shop, Beejay’s Bettas, and Betta World, within a mile of one another, sell the colorful tropical freshwater fish.
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These bettas aren’t the “red one or blue one” choice found at big-box stores. They’re hand-selected from overseas breeders and shipped overnight—the tiny fish, each in a small bag of water, travel thousands of miles in about 36 hours—and people come in droves to the Arcade Street betta shops to check them out once they arrive. Rainbow Betta Fish Shop | Facebook
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so the story is that i was looking on the local craigslist for fish tanks and a gentlemen was selling a boat load of 2.5 gallon glass tanks (for $8 each and even some for $5)!! he sold he initial set of 20 or so tanks and told me that he had more but it'll be a week or so. a few days later he texts me saying he has more. i pick them up and it so happens he used to own bettas and we talk about bettas and he tells me of this shop in town (Kaz's). He says that Kaz has THE BEST, AND BIGGEST variety of bettas and for CHEAPER!! then the chain pet stores and can even order specific types if he doesnt have them in stock. he tells me that all the people he knew who keep bettas ONLY buy from Kaz.Siamese fighting fish, who are often sold as “decorations” or party favors, are becoming more and more popular. Pet shops, discount superstores, florists, and even online catalogs sell Siamese fighting fish (Betta splendens) in tiny cups or flower vases to consumers who are often uneducated about proper betta care.so later that weekend i go check it out and its an old shop that ive actually driven by 100's of times!! and never noticed!! definately and mom and pop type store, probably since the 60's or 70s. i drive in and someone is already walking out with a smile and a betta. another customer inside asking for bettas while another one walks in for the same and a few minutes later another seemingly regular customer (the owner called him by name). the first things i notice is the place inside looks abit unkept and i dont see a boat load of bettas plus the owner is a smoker because i can smell it, The owner/person behind the counter is an older gentlemen,he says that his dealer is out on vacation and the shipment wont be in til mid feb. but he'll have 600 bettas coming in!! by the customers coming in and the referral to this shop i can only assume he knows alot about bettas, i give him a minus for smoking in the presence of the fish but its his store not mine, and im sure that place to him is like a second house, or maybe it is his house, i dont know :P The three stores on Arcade, sometimes called the Betta Mile, form a regional destination. Tony Hang, owner of the Betta Shop near the intersection of Arcade and Wheelock Parkway, says he and the other shops routinely get out-of-state customers, and he ships fish across the U.S. He recently sent a fish all the way to Hawaii.On the other end of the spectrum one of the nice shops (I was in "awe" of their setups) had a handful of very basic blue and red Bettas for $30 - $50 dollars. Some may argue those fish were probably immaculately kept and will be healthy, hardy fishes, but out of all the breath taking 15, 20, 40 dollar tanks they had set up around the shop the Bettas were still swimming in their own nastiness. And this place was spotless!Tony Hang, owner of the Betta Shop near Arcade and Wheelock, started his store about 4 1/2 years ago out of a basement spot in the same building.
Now selling from a highly-visible main-floor shop, Hang grew up going to fish stores.
He keeps a direct contact in Thailand who breeds the fish and competes with other breeders. Hang’s father visits the breeder every other year.
The breeder, whom he calls Uncle Daeng, is essentially an overseas business partner.