Yesterday I went into Craft Warehouse in Medford, OR to look for bamboo and large rocks for my tanks. I was surprised to see shelves of bettas! They actually had some lovely fish, but then I saw one little guy hidden behind all the others, stuck behind the displays. I couldn't tell you his color or his tail-type. He is a shade of sickly grey right now, and his fins are so clamped as to be too stiff to even wag when he swims. I got the attention of the lady in the department and asked about him. She told me this: "he is just like that- he has been like that for months, so that must just be his fins. We have been treating him." I asked what with, she replied "love and TLC. And ick medicine". I told her that was good, because he didn't have ick. She said, "Well, thats just how his fins are. He is the store pet, and not for sale". So they were keeping this "extraordinary" betta because they "liked" his unusual fins. His name was Kevin, and apparently they had had him in that little cup, stuch behind everything for MONTHS, so "he must be just fine". Wow. Then she told the other lady not to sell him to me- to pull him off the shelf because if he was "so sick" she couldnt sell him anyway. I burned rubber to the checkstand with him before they could wrestle him from me. Today, Kevin still looks like crap, with all of his fins clamped from the caudal peduncle outward. They wave slightly in the hospital tank though today. He is in such bad shape though that he seems to prefer swimming backwards. Sad guy, freaking rude wenches at the craft store. But Kevin has a chance now to be more than a sick sad store "pet" dying slowly.
Congratulations on your rescue..but in a Craft store, what are they trying to say..buy your craft decor, and fish in the same store, because in thier minds, and most people who are now associating fish with home decor.. I would write to that particular company..and ask why they are selling fish in a craft supply store??
I'm very glad you at least tried. I'm sure it was just too late for the poor fella :( I would write to that company if I was you like lelei said, especially for how rude they acted as well. I'm sorry for your loss :(
i get into a situation like this almost every time i have to go to walmart. i've had people who work in the pet department listen to me occasionally. one time i actually went off on the store manager, just to have him dismiss me and tell me he doubts i know better than their supplier, who apparently tells them to feed the bettas only once or twice a week, and that it's totally okay to keep their cups only half full, and stacked so that most of the fish can't get oxygen. i've actually considered going in with a handful of fish bags and stealing them, but i've got a kid now. otherwise, i'd take a petty theft rap to save a few dozen lives.
Last edited by homegrown terror; 08-11-2012 at 04:33 PM.