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Old 05-28-2013, 03:27 PM   #1 
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Two "rescues" from PetSmart

Went to PetSmart today to get some kitty grass (Martini keeps going in the bunny cage and eating her hay...lol). Every time I go here the veiltails are very neglected, so I went to see how they were doing. I found one bloated dead one, with brown water. I moved him to the front. I immediately started complaining out loud to my boyfriend about how there are numerous staff members just standing around being paid, while helpless animals are suffering and dying in their own waste. They must have heard me because when I went up to the cashier she started explaining that they just cleaned the cups 2 days earlier and was wondering why they were so dirty already. The female's cups were all clean, but every mail VT cup was disgusting with this white, moldy stuff at the bottom of them. And some with up to 6 pellets of food just sitting there at the bottom of the cups. My new divided 10 gallon just started cycling today, so I don't want to use it for my rescues, but I had to get a betta after I saw their conditions. I saw a big guy at the bottom of his cup, barely moving and breathing very heavily. He looks like he has a Cambodian coloring although I feel like he will change color with some good care. I then saw a skinny, little red guy who was breathing very fast and heavily at the top of his cup, and he had white mold all over his body and gills. His gills are swollen and red, and I couldn't leave him there like that so I took him too. Like I said, all the cups were FILLED with this white mold and it was just horrifying to see. Luckily I have two kritter keepers at home, a medium and a large (I'm getting another large one tomorrow from Amazon) and two 7.5w heaters for them. Hopefully the new 10 gallon will cycle fast, I put in some filter media from my other established tanks so hopefully a month or less :D

Pictures! I haven't had a male VT for yearsss!:
Here they are in their dirty cups:




Here they are after I put them in the kritter keepers. The red guy already looks 5 times better in only a few minutes:





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Old 05-28-2013, 03:29 PM   #2 
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Wow! That red guy is already a dramatic change!

Good luck with them, and gratz on the rescues.
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Old 05-28-2013, 03:45 PM   #3 
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Good for you. They're beautiful. I hope they make a fast recovery.
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Old 05-28-2013, 06:12 PM   #4 
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Thanks guys! They are so cute, and doing well :)
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Old 05-28-2013, 07:49 PM   #5 
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Oh man... those first two pictures... is that fungus growing on that poor boy??

I'm glad you got them!

Also, hello fellow MA person!
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Old 05-28-2013, 09:26 PM   #6 
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Hahaha, hello!! It was some kind of fungus stuff at the bottom of the cups all stuck on his body D:
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Do you think you'll have to treat him, or is it just an environmental mold? I hope it's an environmental mold... meaning that it will only thrive at lower (room temp) temperatures.
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The little two tone orange one is really cute! I like him.

Did you speak to the manager? Id either do that or send an email to the corporate office. I've spoken with walmart employees several times in a row and now the cups are being kept clean so it's worth it. :)
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Gorgeous! :D
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Old 05-28-2013, 09:56 PM   #10 
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Do you think you'll have to treat him, or is it just an environmental mold? I hope it's an environmental mold... meaning that it will only thrive at lower (room temp) temperatures.
It looked like it was from the excess food that was at the bottom of the cups. I haven't seen it since I put them in the new tanks but I do have stuff to treat it if I see it growing on them.
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