Join Date: Aug 2011
Location: San Bernardino, California
I used to see this all the time at my local WalMart. They also would throw Bettas in with the Oscars and Goldfish exc. Someone once put two girls together, two girls who my friend and I had seen a few days before (she wanted both but couldn't afford to get them at the time).. we actually took them up to checkout (they weren't fighting at all) and the person who checked us out didn't even look at the cup, so we ended up getting both girls for the price of one. lol
CT males from our WalMart ALWAYS have problems swimming, they sit on their tail at the bottom of the cup kinda hunched over. It's only ever the CTs, never the VTs. It's very easily corrected, we have rescued 3 different male CTs from there all with the same problem and got them all back to normal by just putting them in a shallow tank with plenty of horizontal swimming room and daily exercise with a mirror. All boys recovered.
The state of misery of all their fish had gotten to a point where it was just too frustrating to look at anymore. I went to WalMart.com and wrote in a complaint about the store and how they took care of their fish and how horrible and dirty their tanks were. I got a reply back within a few days as well as a call from the manager from that store. They hired in a new employee who was trained specifically in treating and caring for the fish, this employee also trained a few other people on how to care for them as well. All the fish now are doing SO much better and still are, I wrote that complaint back in November and they actually are still taking care of their fish. They even have heaters for the tropical fish and the goldfish & koi water is nice and cool.
It's amazing what a well written complaint can do.