little corrections here and there
first off betta
in any store are kept the same way in small containers with lids having holes cause bettas need a separate tank for each fish and .............
and the blue water is not cause of medication it is a special kind of dyed water which makes the betta
to be calm and less prone to diseases
and the scales dropping as it moves i really doubt it, may be the food or waste is getting stirred off
i initially thought the same way you did but one time at a petsmart i saw how they took out the betta into some basin kinda thing to feed it and then refill the small container with blue water and transferred it back again.
bettas arent highly active fish and the blue water makes them sleepy i guess lol
WRONG. WRONG WRONG. Bettas ARE highly active fish, and any chain pet shop is going to treat them like crap because they get them for $0.15 they dont care, the employees dont care, they are paid minimum wage, work crap shifts and dont get full time, just like any other big chain.
Dean good to see another Iowan on the boards! out in Coralville here, with a petco. The are the same company by the way, so when the petco closed down to renovate it was probably a generally funded upgrade.
We (my family and I) Volunteer at the local petco, however unaffiliated with, for a local rescue shelter, cleaning and feeding cats they have for adoption there. I have OFTEN walked past and through the fish area, to find many many dead fish, tanks kept at store temps (around 65 or so) snails the size of a softball crawling around the plant tank, and plants covered in algae. I would never buy a fish or plant from a petco/smart or from a place like petland (LFS that is outgrowing its roots) and i would gladly pay an extra buck or two per item to support Coralville bay our specialty LFS. Rd and the guys there are killer. I have also brought a water sample into pet smart from the tap to have tested and the young lady told me i was good to start buying fish! Which is BS because of how our local water is. I use RO/UV purified water from coralville bay because our tap is so bad... dont ever shop at stores like that, they are horrible just like walmart and other big chains...
**spelling corrections, apparently i was drunk when i tried to type this...?