Marble Rosetail OHM Species: Betta (pronounced bet-uh), also known as the Siamese or Thai fighting fish. Scientific Name: Betta splendens (although the domesticated versions are a result of breeding wild betta splenden complex members together) Wild Betta Splendens Lifespan: 2 - 10 years...
I agree with you. I know "minimum" is arbitrary -- but to say there is no minimum does give the impression that tanks even as small as 1/4 gallon are sufficient. There should be some standard -- and the standard shouldn't be what keeps a fish alive, but what would actually give them a quality life.
Hello! Just wanted to add this graphic of the min Betta tank size recommendation in the care sheets of some of the top US pet retailers.
PetSmart is Petco's biggest competitor so it doesn't look great for Petco to be taking such a different approach.
If Petco can update their recommendation to 3 gallons, it will show that there's a trend away from the tiny Betta tank misinformation. They haven't updated their care sheet since 2016, so let's hope 2021 is the year...
Hello again! I have an exciting update! LiveAquaria has updated the minimum Betta fish tank size information on their website! They raised it from 0.25 gal to 5 gal for male Bettas, and from 1 gal to 5 gal for female Bettas.
Thank you @Fishmanic for pointing out here in this forum thread that LiveAquaria's male Betta min was 1/4 gal!
The petition for Petco is still active -- but it can also be a tool to show other retailers and manufacturers a demand for proper Betta care guidance.