Petco/Petsmart and Bad Fish Advice - Betta Fish and Betta Fish Care

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I have been successfully keeping fish for over five years. All of my betta fish have lived in 2.5 gallons or more, heated and filtered, with either live or silk plants that will not damage their beautiful fins. My male betta is a blue Halfmoon Dragonscale Plakat that I purchased from the PetSmart near my friend, up in northern New Jersey. He is absolutely beautiful and perfectly healthy, living in his heavily planted 10 gallon aquarium, with 80 degree F water. He has not been ill once in the year that I have had him in my possession. My other betta, a red Cambodian Crowntail female is living in a heated, filtered, and planted 5 gallon MiniBow tank, also very healthy and happy. Her water is also heated to 80 degrees F. I believe that betta fish could live long, healthy lives if given proper care. That can only happen if the stores supplying these beautiful fish give out proper information rather than the lies I've been told by not only employees but store managers as well.
Stowaways from Petsmart - Betta Fish and Betta Fish Care
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I visit my local PetSmart weekly to stock up on crickets for my leopard gecko and to look at the betta fish, even if I don't have the space or money to buy any. I simply like to look at them and their beautiful fins and colors. I do not have any complaints about the condition of the fish. Both of the PetSmarts closest to my home seem to take decent care of their betta fish. The water is clean and clear, and most of the fish are active and alert. Of course, I do see some that seem listless or ill, but the amount of sick fish has drastically decreased, thankfully. However, I do have something to say about the "care sheet" Petsmart supplies to new betta fish owners. Nearly everything I have read in the brochure is a lie. Marimos In Petsmart? - Betta Fish and Betta Fish Care
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