Originally Posted by Unity
One unfortunate thing I do believe is that from time to time I bet chain stores do get "good batches" and "bad batches" and have to try to sell them regardless.
It is a strange industry we are all involved in.
I "get" that, but I didn't believe
it was the case this time. Once the manager told me they didn't have a lot of bettas because the last shipment was mostly dead because of the extreme Arizona heat that week. I didn't get all bent out of shape that time, I knew she couldn't do anything about the pet industry shipping practices. I'm a reasonable person. But since this time I was there 2 days in a row and it was clear no one cleaned any water and the fish were all clearly stressed and there was a lot of poop and debris in the cups .. . I just got very angry. In any job I ever had from high school on, if you are too busy during open hours to clean/do the chores of the job, then you have to do it after the doors close to customers, or before. And I wasn't even dealing with living creatures.
And do you really think that changing those half-filled cups of water once a week is a good practice? It seems like on this website, people would scold me if I only changed water in my 2.5 tank once a week. So how can it be ok for a tiny Petco cup?
By the way, I went to Petsmart after that to look for gravel and their bettas were in poo-filled cups too .. . all with clamped fins and looking really bad. Not dead and half-dead, mind you .. but not good. I was thinking "WTH happened this weekend in my town? All the bettas are in much worse condition than usual. It's really hot here but heat doesn't make cups fill up with poop!
I think I am only going to buy bettas from my great planted aquarium store 30 mins away, or maybe online or something. Yesterday just made me too mad.