Re: NANFA-- disgusting xmas ripoff

Bruce Stallsmith (
Sat, 02 Dec 2000 13:33:43 -0500

These betta set-ups are a huge business in Alabama lately. Thousands of
bettas a month are being sold this way, often by florists who have little
idea what's going on. Personally I think it's an animal abuse case, although
of course it doesn't have to be. This reinforces Martin's earlier comments
about why we should be wary of fish as pets becoming trendy, because it will
inevitably lead to abuses we probably would not have thought of.

--Bruce Stallsmith
Huntsville, AL

>I just saw a fish/plant setup in the mall that consisted of a 12 inch-tall
>plant with its roots in a water-filled glass sphere about the size of a
>bowling ball. Around the base of the trunk were stones over a cover on the
>opening of the sphere, and in the sphere was a male betta swimming among
>plant's roots. The guy selling them told it as a self-contained system
>where all one has to do is add water when it evaporates. "The fish nibbles
>on the roots and the plant grows on the fish waste" the guy told me. I
>him what bettas really eat and where they're from and that he should be
>arrested for false advertising and cruelty to animals. He got ticked off
>because I wouldn't let him convince him otherwise and I think I cost him at
>least one sale because a couple talking to him before I got there walked
>away when they heard what I said. My brother in Dayton told me he saw the
>same thing for sale there.
>Jay DeLong
>Olympia, WA

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