The final decision has been made: A fighting fish should come! But on the internet you keep reading that you should not buy a fighting fish in the Zoooladen? Yes, where do you get your new roommate from then? In this article, I’ll give you some tips on where to buy your next fighting fish and what to look for.
Buy fighting fish – but right
Great panic: Where can you buy your fighting fish? The one in the pet store looked so great and was so beautiful colorful. The good news for you: Basically, you can also buy fighting fish in the normal zoo trade. But you should pay attention to one or the other. In addition, I personally would buy a fighting fish in a small, owner-managed pet store, rather than a large chain. I know that’s going to be difficult, but it’s just my own opinion and preference.
Buy fighting fish – the zoo trade
If you have decided to buy a fighting fish from the pet store, you should pay attention to one or the other. This primarily includes whether the fish of the choice is doing well and he makes a healthy impression on you. Is he actively swimming in the pool? Are the fins free from injury or fungus? If so, these are good hints for a healthy fish. How you recognize a healthy fighting fish in the zoo trade, I treated some time ago in another article.
Pay attention not only to the fish itself, but also to the sales environment.
- Strong water intake in the sales aquarium
Filtering in most of the sales aquariums takes place via a central filtration system that filters or heats either entire sales facilities or individual blocks from multiple aquariums. And, as you know, the water, which is sucked out when filtering is also back in the pool. This usually happens via pipes that lead directly into the individual basins. Make sure that the jet of water that goes into the sales aquarium is so strong that the betta has trouble swimming. If this is the case, rather do without a purchase.
- Dead animals in the neighboring basin
As with the first point, this is aimed at the large sales systems in zooplates. Often several pools share a water cycle here. Means: The water flows in basin A and passes through openings (often black small grids in the partition between two basins) in basin B and so on, until it is pumped out in basin C and filtered. If you see such connections, see if there are dead fish or sick animals in one of the neighboring pools. If so, do not buy. Here bacteria or diseases could be in circulation.
- Dirty basin
Do you have the impression that the sales basin is neglected? For example, many algae, leftovers or low water levels? Then – exactly – do not buy.
- Fish in the sales basin
Basically I do not buy Betta in the zoo trade, when they are socialized in sales tanks with other fish. As you know, Betta are loners. And the socialization with other fish – even over a short period in sales – I see as problematic.
Even if it does not look that way now, but I’m really a simple customer and not a bean counter. But when it comes to buying battle fishes, basically the same applies to cars: the more you pay attention to quality, the longer you have some of it (if you keep it properly in afterwards).
Buy fighting fish – the breeder
You do not want to get a Betta from the zoo shop? That’s your proved right. But what options do you have? In our latitudes you will rarely find fighting fish in the wild – and even if you are not allowed to take them home. You could go in search of a fighting fish breeder. You can often find lists of breeders in forums, Facebook groups, associations and associations or on relevant websites in the internet.
Find a breeder from your area. This allows you to visit the breeding facility, and thus your future roommate, in advance. Because of course, there are not only experts and breeders who keep their animals and plants in good condition. Basically, if you have the opportunity to visit a breeder, you can apply the above criteria as well.
Another advantage of visiting on site is that you can take your darling home with you. Because the shipping of fish you should avoid if possible.
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