Today is my little brother's last day here at my house. Tomorrow, he will be going to spend some time with his cousins, and then back to Florida to start 10th grade :') I'm sad that he is leaving, but I'm very thankful that I got to have him here all summer, and that he shared in my recent fish saving adventures.
We also set up my 20 gallon fish tank today
I decided to use pool filter sand instead of the gravel I have in my other 3 tanks. The bag weighed half as much I do, so my awesome brother carried it for me. It's really pretty in the tank; I'm so pleasantly surprised.
While at Petco buying a hood for said tank (which I returned an hour later, anyway) I met a guy that could have been Lurch from the Addam's family
He creeped me out a lot, and wouldn't stop talking to me and showing me pictures of his giant lizards. I complained about the hideous betta containers (the Petco near my house always has clean ones; I won't be revisiting this icky store), and made my escape.
I also made it a point to take Wally World's survey, and write corporate a 2nd letter. It goes a little something like...
On Tuesday, July 24th, I made my 6th complaint to Walmart store #1980. All the complaints were the same - the conditions of the live animals in this store are appalling and inhumane. I visited the store to buy thermometers for my aquariums, and found the store's live fish living in filthy tanks and containers. Some of the aquariums were so covered in algae, it was difficult to see if there were any fish inside; most of the tanks had piles of debris and dead animals littering their floors. The small cups that the betta fish are housed in were squalid, with cloudy water and debris piling up inside. I photographed these conditions, but was unable to send the photographs to corporate because there is no email address listed in the contact information.
I have already used this form to contact corporate about this matter, but have not received a response. After my first in-store complaint about the state of the animals, the aquariums were cleaned, but the betta fish remained in polluted water. I proceeded to complain 4 more times about the condition the fish were in, and found each time that they remained untouched. On July 24th, I complained for the 6th time, and was told that the pet department manager was on a break and unavailable for customer service. I suggested that the associates page someone else for me to speak to. The woman that responded to their call listened to my complaint and cleaned only the dirtiest 2 cups, without uttering a single word to me.
On the evening of July 25th, I went back to the store to check on the fish. I found the bettas trying to eat the feces from the bottoms of their containers, because they hadn't been fed. I dug through the fish department cabinets until I found the store supplied fish food, and fed them myself. No employees noticed, because the department was vacant.
When visiting a department store, such as Walmart, I do not expect to have to perform maintenance on the store's live animals. I also do not expect to have to complain each and every day for the employees to perform their jobs.
I am very disappointed in this store, and the individuals employed there.
Thank you for your time."
I doubt they will care, but I can dream, right?
On a happier note - the little girls are doing great and I've decided to call them Delilah and Cali. They're so tiny, I had to crush up the already microscopic pellets so they could eat them.
Now to sit back and wait for this apparently "severe" storm that's heading my way
I <3 storms, but please don't knock my power out!