Originally Answered: Bowl a good place for a Betta?
You are right Evelyn. If you are a personal Betta keeper, you really should be keeping it like any other tropical fish to be fair to it. I know MM is the man on so many things, I hate to even think about trying to disagree with him, but I really think keeping a Betta in a bowl, while it can be done, shouldn't be put out as advice.
It honestly is so irrelivant to the practical home owner how these fish are shipped and kept, and it isn't the practical home owners problem about trying to store googles of billions of them. From a business point of view, while you have fish that influx in and out of your store, of course they will not house fish properly because they are in the volume business, not actual home care. It's like comparing the horse to the motor vehicle, you just can't. By comparing how fish are shipped and kept commerically to the practical home owner, and using this type of logic, just because a species can be kept a certain way, it should be? I don't think so by far. Humans can be house in little cells in jail in 10x10's so everyone should be like this? Put that out as logic and see how far you'll get.
I would have to really agree with you Evelyn that PROPER care should be listed as a heated filtered tank, even the small end ones. Like MM also said, can you keep them in bowls, of course, but you'll never see me dispense that as advice. If people don't have the time to do care or upkeep, don't have space, then they simply shouldn't get the fish. If we were talking about dogs and cats, would we seriously advocate keeping them in travel containers thier whole life simply because they can be put in there? If people are talking about Bettas from a commercial or business point of view, of course in order to achieve a profit, they don't have much choice, but by no means should a GOOD breeder/seller ever advocate they keep thier Betta's in bowls, unless thier end mind set is recurring sales, then of course it's great advice.
Even considering the Betta is native to Thailand and shallow waters does not mean mimic that enviroment either. I mean, do we build a 5,000 foot deep aquarium for the whales that are kept in zoos?? Understanding where they came from and how they evolved certainly helps for thier care, but I don't see this as saying, oh they live in shallow water so keep them in a plant vase. Anyways Ev, I hope you do reach some people, but in the end, people just going to keep doing whatever they think is best anways. I think no matter what we put out, you can still only change the world of the ignorant, one client at a time, and our clients are all those that ask on here :)