Betta fish, also called Siamese fighting fish are sold as pets, decorations and party favors. These living creatures are often treated as nothing more than home décor and trinkets. They are not only sold at pet stores, with staff that knows very little about their care, but offered for sale by retailers who have no business selling animals such as discount superstores, florists and Internet outlets. These fish are kept in tiny cups with less than 4 ounces of water. Customers who complain about the cruelty of the manner-of-keeping of these fish are assured they are fine and come from “puddles and muddy hoof prints in Viet Nam.” Furthermore, customers are told that it is necessary they live in forced solitary confinement because they will fight with other fish.
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Although these fish when offered for sale in pet shops are normally confined to small containers hung onto the side of tanks this is a far from ideal setup and is done only to keep the males separate(two will fight to the death) or to keep the bettas fins away from fin nippers until sold - it should not be taken as an indication of how they should be kept - like any other fish they require space. If thinking of purchasing one for the community tank be aware that fast moving tetras and the like will take great pleasure in reducing a bettas fins to shreds.
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