The Truth Behind Betta Fish (Graphic)

It all starts from the shipment to the pet stores. Shipped in very tiny bags with barely enough water to survive. Over 50% die from the shipment alone. The ones who do make it, are stored in tiny cups, some stacked on top of each other causing no air for them to breath. They are fed a few pellets then left to be bought, or die. Most catch diseases and suffer without any treatment. They are left to swim in their own filth; ammonia builds up from the waste and suffocates them. This is no way to live. Please, if you see bettas in this condition, complain to the pet store manager. The more complaints, the bigger the chance they will change their ways of treating these beautiful fish.

  • Almost dead betta from Velvet.
    Almost dead betta from Velvet.
  • Rescued. Broken gill cover and ammonia burns.
    Rescued. Broken gill cover and ammonia burns.
  • Barely alive betta from Velvet.
    Barely alive betta from Velvet.
  • Dead betta from neglect. Suffocated from too much waste in water. Causing ammonia.
    Dead betta from neglect. Suffocated from too much waste in water. Causing ammonia.
  • Extreme Velvet. Rescued.
    Extreme Velvet. Rescued.
  • Female betta with fungus growing out of gills.
    Female betta with fungus growing out of gills.
  • Dying betta. Appears to be malnourished.
    Dying betta. Appears to be malnourished.
  • Betta with fin rot.
    Betta with fin rot.
  • Algae built up in cup and huge plant providing not enough space.
    Algae built up in cup and huge plant providing not enough space.
  • Swimming in own filth.
    Swimming in own filth.
  • Own filth.
    Own filth.
  • Dying betta in confined space with rotting plant roots.
    Dying betta in confined space with rotting plant roots.
Almost dead betta from Velvet.
Almost dead betta from Velvet.