pet supply

Myths About Betta Fish

I’m sick of the pet industry always fucking animals like the betta over so let’s get some things straight
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MYTH: bettas like small spaces, they live in small rice paddies in the wild
REALITY: No they absolutely do not, sure some survive this, but it’s a cruel life to live. Rice paddies are actually quite big although shallow, the average male betta has about 3 feet of its own territory in the wild. Bettas need AT LEAST 2.5 gallons, but a 5-10 g is even better. You can get a 3 g tank from petco for like $10
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MYTH: you should feed your betta whenever it is hungry
REALITY: a bettas stomach is the size of its eyeball, it is very easy to overfeed. I feed my betta 3 pellets twice a day, but lots of people feed at different times with different food so I suggest doing some research and deciding what works best for you.
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MYTH: bettas are lazy
REALITY: bettas are inactive in small tanks because they’re aware that they have no space to swim and will hit walls, in larger tanks bettas are very active
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MYTH: bettas can only be kept alone
REALITY: it is true that male betta fish cannot be kept with any other betta, but (depending on the bettas personality) bettas can be kept with fish that are smaller and drab looking that won’t bite your bettas tail. I keep my betta with 2 snails and 5 ghost shrimp and he rarely bothers them. Female bettas can be kept in groups of 5 which is called a sorority. Keep in mind that these options are only possible in large tanks with lots of hiding spots.
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MYTH: bettas will eat live plants so you don’t have to feed them if you have plants in the tank
REALITY: bettas are CARNIVORES. They won’t eat plants, they will eat blood worms and brine shrimp which you can buy frozen. In fact feeding real prey is good along with pellets or flakes.
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MYTH: bettas don’t need filtration or heat
REALITY: they need both. As far as filtration goes, strong currents don’t mix well with bettas so a sponge filter is best.
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MYTH: bettas only live a couple months anyway, why should I be doing all this?
REALITY: with proper care, bettas can live 5 years.
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MYTH: bettas and all other fish are dumb
REALITY: bettas are actually very smart and trainable. Mine was taught to jump out of the water on command and come when called (by wiggling fingers). Some people have taught bettas harder tricks such as going through a hoop. They can even learn when meal time is and be ready for it.
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MYTH: My child will take care of the betta
REALITY: your child will lose interest within a week, YOU will be taking care of their fish. If you’re not okay with that don’t buy your kid a fish.
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MYTH: I should completely change the tank each time I clean it
REALITY: you should instead do frequent partial water changes of about 40% of the water
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MYTH: bettas are throw away pets
REALITY: there is no such thing as a throw away pet and if you think there is you shouldn’t own pets

Please always read care sheets before buying a pet because -newsflash- PET STORES LIE.
*drops mic*

There is no room for tradition in animal care.

Animal care should not be stagnant. It should always be evolving and improving.

This applies to breeders, hobbyists, “casual” owners, everyone. It also applies to anyone who keeps animals for profit. If animals are raised to be eaten, they should still have the most up-to date care available.

If you find something that works, great! Use it, recommend it, whatever. But keep doing research. Keep learning and trying to improve. There are very few things that were done 50 years ago, even 20 years ago that have not changed or been improved upon since then.

If a breeder, store, rescue, etc. tells you that they’ve been doing something a certain way for more than a decade, start questioning.

Adding to the “Humans are Weird” theme:

Humans have a symbiotic relationship with a number of animals. The most noteworthy are the symbiotic relationship they seem to share with members of the Canidae and Felidae predator families, also known as “Cats & Dogs”.

This relationship seems to have developed in ancient time when, in the case of the Canidae, they would hunt in conjunction with ancient humans and would help to defend their settlements in exchange of warmth and food and an endless supply of petting or, in the case of the felidae, they would keep the vermin at bay in exchange of food, refuge and an endless supply of petting.

An even noteworthy element is that, despite the original purpose of the relationship slowly disappearing as the centuries passed, the symbiotic bond actually strenghtened between “Humans” and what they call “pets” forming a strong sense of partnership between the two. so much so that it would become very common for humans to have either a cat or a dog in the household for no other reason than to have their company, sometimes giving them the same food they eat, sleeping with them at nigh or even identifying them as “part of the family”.

The discovery of this strange element of humanity was recorded when the first envoy of the confederation of planets arrived on Earth in a diplomatic visit after first contact had already been established. The Diplomats where then taken to a family house that had been decided as neutral territory and they were taken by surprise to discover the animals in there had full access inside and outside the house and that the older humans did not blink an eye when their younglings interacted with said animals with no worries for their own safety.

The first human ambassador caused a lot of turmoil when they informed they would bring their pet cat “Mrs. Wrinkles” to stay with them because of the safety protocols that had to be re-worked to acommodate for the feline. Nowadays, Mrs. Wrinkles remains in the human ambassy alongside their human partner and enjoys full diplomatic immunity.

We were misinformed

The other day Paul was talking about pets.com, and was saying a website that sells pets, of course that failed! and I had to explain to him that no, it was pet supplies, and he almost didn’t believe it first, because why was it called pets.com and not petsupplies.com?

A few days ago @stevebunge posted a video for Man-Size by PJ Harvey, and I thought hey I had that album on cassette, I’m going to look up that song I liked, Soft Queenie! Except when I googled it I discovered that the name of the song is actually 50 ft Queenie? and I’ve just been calling it by the wrong name all these years? more than twenty years oh my gosh? even when I knew the lyrics were “Fifty foot Queenie, fifty and rising” I never figured it out?

Pet Store Secrets

A customer comes in to purchase a replacement battery for an invisible fence collar (shock collar).

Customer: “Hurting him is the only kind of training that works.”

What I wanted to say: You should be shot.
What I said: “What kind of dog do you have?”

Customer: “A Maltese.”

What I wanted to say: You should be shot, you lazy abusive fuck.
What I said: “Have a nice day.”