I was just at a Petcetera in my city to do some shopping for my sorority girls and my vicious tail biter, when I wandered into the live fish section and saw one of the saddest things I've ever seen in this store... almost every betta they had was dying, saw a couple dead ones, and none of them could swim properly! I looked over at the other species of fish they had, and each tank had at least one diseased fish or a few dead ones being eaten.
Thats when I spotted HIM... I've always wanted a pink/purple betta and I saw one in, of course, deplorable conditions, but he looked the most savable out of all of them. I talked to some other customers who were considering bettas and instructed them on proper care and showed them the most "healthiest" of the bunch at the store, and I was actually REALLY happy when I saw two couples walk away with some males and some 2.5 galllon critter keepers. So I felt happy in that regard. I got the decorations I wanted and decided I couldn't leave behind that gorgeous little pink guy, so I took him to the register and informed the employee that there were dead fish everywhere and every betta looked like it was on its last leg. She looked at me really sadly and said that the employee in-charge of cleaning and managing the fish section hadn't shown up to work for a week and that normal employees like her "weren't allowed to clean them". That made me so upset and angry! I couldn't believe that this store's management wouldn't let normal employees do the right thing and clean up some tanks and save lives. I told her my concerns and she promised me she would sneak out and clean the tanks when her manager wasn't looking because it made her depressed too, so I was happy in that regard, but the nerve of that management!! I'm definitely going and complaining to them! This is unbelievable!
Well, I just brought the little guy home right now and decided I would check his original water's ammonia levels just to see how bad off he was. He could barely swim when I saw him in the store, so I knew his water HAD to be funky. And it is... Just did the ammonia test and my results go PAST 6.1 ON THE LIQUID TEST KIT READING.
OH. MY. GOD. I have NEVER seen a pet store ammonia level THIS HIGH! Its no wonder all their fish were dying!
I'm... so surprised this little guy is even alive right now. I'm thinking of calling their store and discussing this with their managers, what do you guys think?
and of course the pictures! Here is a picture of him acclimating! I'll snap another one later when I finally have him in his QT tank! He's currently floating in my sorority and oh boy do my girls LOVE him! He's constantly putting on a show for them, despite his little issues.
I just know my parents will KILL me when they see how many fish I have now, but I consider doing these little rescues as more than worth it, and it feels so gratifying to see an animal you've rescued make a big comeback!