i tell the person that theres a dead fish and they seem pretty embarrassed or say some thing like "that dosent usaly happen" but it actuley dose.
I remember doing that as a child. I'd look through all the tanks, and if I found a dead one, I'd shout out "EXCUSE ME, THERE'S A DEAD FISH IN THIS TANK!!" Sometimes they'd tell me that the fish was sleeping...
My local pet shop is very good. All the fish are in nice health, and it's all very looked after except for slightly cloudy water, or a dead fish or two. Usually they clean it out before it gets to this point. They seem to be gentle when handling the fish, and once I saw a very dedicated worker talking to them. The bettas have nice 1.5 - 2 gallon tanks, and seem very happy.
lol when my goldfish dyed when i was little my sister told me he was sleeaping. i asked why he was bobing up and down she said he was dreaming.(lame excuse to tell them they are sleeaping, if you do that the kid is gona wonder why he ended up getting flushed if he was just sleeaping)
Our local family owned pet store is pretty good about their bettas. They are still in small jars (not plastic cups) but they are bigger than petco's. And they are usually always healthy and have decent water.
Petco is the same as all of yours though.
I actually have had few problems...the biggest problems I've ever head is sheer ignorance. I actually won't walk into superpetz, that place horrifies me, so I dont have a problem with it. Superpets isnt that bad, but theyre staff isnt too knowledgeable about specific fish needs. One of the small mom and pop lfs is very good, but sometimes he doesnt know what he is talking about...as in knight gobies being able to live for a long time in freshwater- RIP Mojo ;-;-but theyre are two amazing pet stores nearby one of which is petco and another local petstore with a WIDE variety of animals from scorpions to hedgehogs. Petco is great. They do have a very good aquatics specialist who when she doesnt know something isnt afraid to ask me something. We have seriosuly talked for an hour in the store. It's a great store and its always very clean, and when I spy a dead fish, they take no offense from me telling them. I remember even one time when I went t get fish from there one of my fish jumped out of the container and into a sink and was fine, but the employee still asked me to take a look and be sure i still wanted him. the other petstore...well they are just amazing. The staff there really know their stuff =) OH! Don't forget that fish place/ that pet place! I live an hour from there...and well, do I need to say more! Theyre amazing!
I just got back from Wal Mart, and I was disgusted with their bettas. Normally, they aren't too bad, but today the cups were all filthy. Some of the fish had as many as ten pellets floating with them. The water was brown and the sides of the cups were covered in algae. One male was floating, dead, in mud colored water. Others were lying on their sides or at the bottom and many had fin rot.
There wasn't a single employee in sight, and I didn't have time to change the water or wait around for someone to show up. Still, I plan on making a fuss about this. Having animals, any animals, in these conditions is inexscusable.
It's so disgusting the way pet stores take care of the fish. I often come to places where they treat them in the most disgusting way. Just today I was at a pet store where the majority of them were in small jars, about the size of a tennis ball with an open top. I think the fish would have been happier jumping out and dying.
There was zero heating in any of them, and since the fish were at the back of the store and it was crowded, I quickly snuck a thermometer from a sample aquarium and it was just 68 degrees! I knew the fish were all going to die soon, and I told the shopkeeper, and he said, "ridiculous! they're perfectly healthy!".
He then told me that the name 'fighting fish' came from a MYTH and put TWO MALES in a three gallon tank together. I was so appalled, and I told him off for a while. Then he said, "young lady, you have the facts all wrong, come back later and see them peacefully living together. By now I was so angry I could punch him (I should have), but I stormed out, telling every employee how WRONG their co-worker was.
When I came back about five hours later, the stupid buffoon was re-arranging some other things, and I told a worker who hadn't been there before about the whole thing, and she got really upset and we went to see the fish to find a dead fish and one who was battered and lying on the bottom of the tank, occasionally making a helpless little flail. I wrote to the company about the whole thing and told them how angry they were, and I'm waiting for a reply.
Sorry to bump but
Stupid dummy doesn't have his facts straight, needs to go back to kindergarten to know "fighting" means they FIGHT!!!