Was at WalMart 2day.
Pushed way to the back I found a cute little blue crowntail in a really poopy cup. I took him over to the sink to change his water and got busted. Manager showed up out of nowhere. I got scolded, but batted my eyes innocently and said "I want to buy him, but I don't want to take home all that disgusting crud. Could you give him some clean water?"
The guy reluctantly did so (It looked like he didn't know how, as he fumbled about it, I thought we might lose the fish down the sink).
Moments later, the water was clean, and fish was in my cart. I had other shopping to do so I took him for a ride around the store. I knew I couldn't keep bringing these things home. Already have six. So before I left, I put him back on the shelf toward the front so he could be seen in his clean water. Then it occurred to me how much I accomplished in those few minutes....
- I drew the manager's attention to the condition of the fish's living quarters. (now who's busted?)
- I got the fish a water change and a better chance to be picked out of the crowd.
- I think I have a new strategy for the WalMart Betta crisis.
BTW - Micky, my cooked spine guy, is out of rehab and doing well in the ten gallon (divided by 3). Can't believe how good he's doing. Loves his floating plants. I now wish I had a before picture, but at the time I didn't expect him to live, much less be able to swim enough to survive in a real tank. He's the cockiest one of the bunch. Pics attached (I hope).