Petco now selling Baby bettas
Posted 22 January 2012 - 12:08 AM
The babies we get are breeder donations, ones they dont want. They arent allowed to sell them for much so by marketing them as baby bettas with unknown genetics 2.00 is the most they could sell them for.
I also educated the staff on how to properly feed them since the guy that brought them in didnt say anything. They sell frozen Baby Brine Shrimp and every other day they feed them that and every other day in between crushed pellets. Its sad to see a few have grown up in the cups over a month or two, but at least they are being fed better. and I even typed up a care sheet with info I found on the web of how to feed them and locations to find and start your own cultures.
Just mainly wanted to share the info that it may not be the store, but the local breeders bringing them in that young. As well as my store welcomed the info and sheets they could copy and pass out with them. We may not be able to prevent the selling of these guys, but we can at least try to educate and maybe people would listen and give them better lives.
I dont have the actual sheet on this computer, but I remember the links I used. I could post them. I just took bits and pieces from the sites and put together on a sheet with a happy betta doodle lol
Betta Fry Food
Micro Worm Culture
Multi Mix Cultures
What They Eat
More Info on Water Changes
Over All Care
Betta Point of View
Posted 22 January 2012 - 12:31 PM
I had an interview with Apet a few weeks ago (didn't get the job), and honestly, they take a lot better care of their animals than I expected, and their focus is primarily on fish. They do actually push the stores they sell to to take much better care of their animals. It does come down to money for them, but they care more and are a bit more knowledgeable. If you informed them about things and let them know that you won't buy anymore products originating from them you might actually get them to request NOT to get babies in.
Posted 22 January 2012 - 12:39 PM
An update on my e-mail - I didn't hear anything back about what management said, so I sent another e-mail on Friday asking for an update, and hopefully I'll have an answer by Monday or Tuesday.
Posted 22 January 2012 - 02:14 PM
Posted 22 January 2012 - 03:50 PM
Posted 22 January 2012 - 11:14 PM
More than likely Petco wouldn't be able to buy from any local breeders themselves because of a contract with their distributor (Apet) stating that they will only purchase from them. I know Petco does typically take in "adoptions" though.
Posted 24 January 2012 - 11:10 AM
What live would you recommend?
The jokers at petco said they eat the same stuff adults do but crush it up.
Edited by SquishyBettax4, 24 January 2012 - 11:14 AM.
Posted 24 January 2012 - 01:05 PM
Bettas under an inch should be fed freshly hatched bbs, daphnia, chopped blood worms, chopped adult brine shrimp and high protein small dry foods. The dry foods I feed my young bettas are Dry Hatchery Diet by sustainableaquatics.com, and Golden pearls diet by brineshrimpdirect.com. Baby bettas should get more frozen and live foods than dry foods, though.
Posted 25 January 2012 - 08:51 AM
Posted 25 January 2012 - 09:16 AM
He told you that because that is the smallest food that Petco carries and they are only going to suggest things they have in stock.
Petco does not carry any dry food that would be good for a baby betta. The frozen foods they carry would be good for them, but most will need to be chopped to make it small enough for them to eat. The only thing that wouldn't need cut up are daphnia.
Posted 26 January 2012 - 08:50 AM
I don't think there is a place around here that has daphnia. How do I know when I can switch them off of the bloodworms to the pellets I feed my adults?
Of course I'm going to still feed the bloodworms but not every day like now.
Posted 31 January 2012 - 04:39 PM
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