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post #1 of 26 (permalink) Old 01-14-2013, 03:08 PM Thread Starter
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Walmart Needs To Be Shut Down

Honestly, I'm never going into another walmart and I REFUSE to let my friends and family shop there and support them. It's nothing but a hellhole for hicks to go spread their filth together and live in their ignorance.

I went in today because I wanted some more brine shrimp eggs to make a second colony and once I had seen them selling them years ago and hoped they still would. So I went there and naturally had to take a look at the betta. WELL they had some beautiful females, unfortunately two were dead and one was on her way out, a lovely green. All CT females. Next to the dead one was a very ill blue and green with clamped fins and very pale. The other living female also had clamped fins and was almost pure white with what little red was left on her body just hardly showing. It was SO cold back there I was amazed they were not dead. All the males had clamped fins and were either laying on the bottom or floating already dead at the top. Of the six males only two looked to be alive, one was on his way out.

I felt so bad for the little girl and instantly I decided I had to take her hope and give her hope. Sadly she passed on the car ride home. I had asked if they cleaned the cups and they said they cleaned them every other day. I tested the ammonia lvl's in the cup from my dead girl and after sitting a short time it's already colored to 4.0 and hasn't even sat the full waiting period yet. I'm thinking ammonia level is going to be close to an 8.0, looking at it now the color is a lot darker. I'm returning the female tomorrow and am very heartbroken I couldn't save her. MAN Walmart needs to be shut down, I am sick of them supporting animal abuse. Stupid rednecks.

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post #2 of 26 (permalink) Old 01-14-2013, 04:34 PM
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Wait sorry to go around the main idea but do they still sell brine shrimp eggs? All the Walmarts near me dont sell fish anymore i have to go out of my city so see fish at Walmart.

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I don't understand, why are you returning the female? Why purchase her in the first place if not to give her a better home? Seems rather cruel to stress her further with a car trip there and now another back.

Although I am not American, Walmart sounds like a horrible business even outside of the way some stores treat their bettas. Unfortunately, people are always going to buy cheap and the convenience of having a lot of things in the one place for less, is why those kind of stores are always going to win out over specialist, small business.

Bettas seem to be sold in weird places overseas though. Only place we get them here are pet/fish stores.


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The fish died on the car trip to her new home. That's why she was being returned or so I gathered.

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I don't understand, why are you returning the female? Why purchase her in the first place if not to give her a better home? Seems rather cruel to stress her further with a car trip there and now another back.
The betta died on the car ride home. Poor thing never made it to its new home.

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Oh okay. That was weird my brain completely read that as she had survived the car trip home. I was wondering why she had written sadly as it seemed an odd choice of words.

Sorry to hear that you lost the little female. It's horrible that they are allowed to get into those kind of conditions in the first place. If they were dogs or cats left like that there would be a public uproar.


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The same happened to me but that was at Petco. I feel so sorry for that little guy.
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All the walmart's here stopped selling them. The one by my house mainly because it was the kids killing them before the employees could. And I literally witness two kids drop and step on a betta ultamitly killing the poor thing.The employees at the Walmart by my house can't even put stuff back in remotely the right spot so wouldn't trust them with bettas as is.
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Yes sadly she passed on the ride home, I tried everything to bring her back. still set up the hospital tank, added AQ salt, slowly heated the water, hoped clean water would save her, even held her in the hospital tank close enough to the surface so she could breath but nothing brought her back. I put her in the fridge for the night to return her in the morning. She would have been a beautiful ct female, her scales were such a lovely green but she was so pail and on her side when I saw her on the shelf. It looked like ich as well as high ammonia and TOO cold. Testing the water shortly after getting her home and mind you she spent some time in a warm car the water was about 55 degrees...so yeah, a sick fish in those conditions, she never stood a chance. The last few had ich as well, i drove back to go save them all but when I got back they had taken all of the betta's off the shelves. I was basically a screaming mess in the car. All those beautiful fish are going to die now.

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