look at this baby swim!
this makes me want to rant oh shit okay here i go
this 100 gal proves that you can never have too big of a space for a betta.
the kind of people who tell other people confidently “bettas naturally live in shallow unfiltered rice paddies, so that makes it okay to stick a betta in a 1 gallon unheated and unfiltered bowl” are cLEARLy ignorant to the fact that what they are referring too is a shallow FIELD of water, often spanning up to 500,000 acres and UP. That’s TONS of gallons of water!
with the heating and filtering argument that many people try and put up, just do a little research and it turns up that the native habitats of bettas are at a steady 71*-80* in temperature. The filtration comes from plant roots pulling out harmful pollutants in that body of water and many other factors playing part in this filtration making life sustainable.
sticking a betta in a bowl IS basically the same as sticking a cat in a small box and expecting it to thrive and live out its full lifespan, imagine overfeeding or starving this cat and making it live in its own feces, its not a pretty picture and yet people think its okay! “because fish can’t talk or make noises to tell us that they are suffering and fish can’t feel pain and..” blah blah blah i don’t want to hear it, if you want to stick a living organism in conditions that reduce them to simply surviving, you shouldn’t be giving advice to or arguing with people who know much more about caring for bettas (and other animals for that matter).
some pet owners are misinformed and uneducated when they buy a pet, and I admit yes a lot of people have their heart in the right place, but really don’t know how to provide the best for their pet, take me for example, my first fish was a betta and I had him in a vase. he lived (or should I say “survived”) for a couple months, and i clearly had no knowledge on how to take care of a fish, but I really loved my fish, and had I been educated on how to properly take care of my betta, he would have thrived and lived a happy life (SIP blue).
I know that no matter how much I type or state facts to people who don’t want to listen, I can’t change everything in one night.
but I became a fish mommy over the course of a couple weeks. I wanted a betta, and I originally wanted to get a 1-gallon unheated unfiltered tank, but I watched the review on a video for a small tank and saw people commenting about how it was abuse to keep a fish in such a small bowl and talking about the minimum tank requirements. I started doing research and it completely opened my eyes. I also started to see the cruel mistreatment of bettas more and more and it made me sad. So even though I know I can’t educate everyone, the comments on the videos of bettas in bowls and on many posts that show bettas in cruel conditions can really make a difference, hell it turned me into a fish mom of four.
sorry for spelling mistakes and grammar or syntax errors or punctuation errors and just overall weird writing its late and ive been typing for a long time my passion for bettas has made me type this and do research for the past hour help