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Old 05-02-2010, 12:05 AM   #1 
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Walmart is a horrid horrid place...

So I went to my local Wal-Mart today to pick up some things and of course I had to take a stroll by the fish section. As I'm walking by, thinking of all the things I WOULD say to the fish keeper if I had more nerve, I noticed a beautiful bright red male Betta swimming around in a tank with very tiny baby Neon Tetras. In the time it took for me to get the fish keepers attention I watched the Betta kill 4 tetras...

I told the fish guy that it was probably a bad idea to have him in there and he grunted at me and told me that those tetras had been dead already. Pfffft! Then went on to tell me that he dropped the bowl the betta had been in originally and had no where else to put him(when there was a completely empty tank beside the one he was in) and that he KNEW the betta and the tetras were fine together as he has been in the hobby for 30 years. It took all of the power in me to bite my tongue and I let him walk on by. Then as he wasn't looking I scooped the betta out with the net laying there and dropped him in the other tank. All turned out dandy and the veteran fish keeper had no idea.

In short; I hate Wal-Mart.
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Old 05-02-2010, 04:31 AM   #2 
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lol go you!!!!!!!!!!!! thats how its done.

tbh i've seen guys in my store put lil tetras in with cichlids and oscars caus they think its great fun watching them eat the tetras.

ah those guys are just sad. i hate ppl like that... he could be in the hobby for 30 years and still be doing things wrong... wouldnt be the 1st time like.
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Old 05-02-2010, 09:13 AM   #3 
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i would have done the same or bought the betta
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Old 05-02-2010, 11:22 AM   #4 
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By being in the "fish-keeping hobby" for 30 years, he probably means "hangin' out at Walmart's fish section for 30 years" with that kind of 'knowledge.'

Either that, or he simply didn't have knowledge with bettas. It's always possible that he's experienced with other fish, but not at all with bettas. But I'm just being nice right now - I had good sleep.
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Old 05-02-2010, 04:44 PM   #5 
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Good for you!! I went to Walmart today and saw a gorgeous CT male that bit off almost all of his back tail. All he would need is a little aquarium salt and he'd heal right up! I keep thinking about him...ugh! XD I CAN'T get any more fish!lol
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Old 05-02-2010, 06:13 PM   #6 
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good job, however it would've been nice if you had yelled at him some more... its a good thing the fish section in the walmart closest to my home closed down, since they treated the fish horribly
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Old 05-02-2010, 09:00 PM   #7 
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Screw the employee! I would have just taken that net and fished out that betta from the start! You did a good deed :)
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