Petco -- raise the recommended min Betta fish tank size from 0​.​25 gal to 3 gal

Petco -- raise the recommended min Betta fish tank size from 0​.​25 gal to 3 gal

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Petco's Betta Fish Care Sheet says the minimum aquarium size for a Betta is 0.25 gallon (4 cups, 1 quart, or 32 ounces). This "minimum" is essentially the smallest a tank can be that would still keep a Betta alive -- confining them to a non-stimulating life of *survival*. 

Petco should raise the recommended minimum tank size from 0.25 gallon to 3 gallons. Even PetSmart recommends a minimum of 3 gallons, and many fishkeeping experts would suggest 5 gallons.

Tiny aquariums create poor water conditions because they often lack filtration, they can experience greater temperature variation, and many do not have room to safely place a heater. Bettas need space to explore and patrol their environments.

The average consumer does not know that a 0.25 gal tank requires water changes every day. Larger tanks provide more stable conditions for fish and are easier to maintain!

As an industry leader, Petco has a responsibility to guide consumers on appropriate care and not mislead them in order to maximize opportunities for profit. Most people will provide their Bettas with quality lives when they have the correct information.

By making this adjustment to their Betta care sheet, Petco could reaffirm their commitment to pets' welfare -- and this would be a simple but significant step towards countering pervasive Betta care myths. 

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