That is definitely not true.
My parents had found that out the hard way...
They had bought my little brother and sister two betta fish,
one boy, Shark, a pretty royal blue VT, and one girl, a plain brown VT, at the local petcetera, only because they were having a sale,
something like, 2 for $1.00 or something.
Anyway, when they got home, my parents didnt want to get another tank,
and they hadnt been told that the female, formerly known by my siblings as Lisa, was a female betta.
Anyway, they were put in the same fishbowl, with one plant in the center,
and things seemed to be going good, until one day, six months later,
Lisa got a hold of Sharks upper fin, and was sitting on the bottom of the tank, just starting to kill him.
Of course, when I walked in, I grabbed the fish net and held the female a couple inches to the surface so Shark could get up and go.
Ah, I hated Lisa after that.
I know it was only natural to her and Shark,
but I was eight.
Lisa wound up passing away first, due to old age,
and Shark then had the privilege of having a peaceful life for about half a year after.
I guess you could call them 'my fish', but they were housed into my brothers room, and other people seldom entered.
To put it simply, it didnt smell good.
My parents had absolutely no Idea about fish,
so this is why I have considered Pickle as my real first fish.
It was really crazy,
trust me, Shealynn, you dont want to get into that xD
(I dont know if anyones surprised or not, but they had never spawned.)
They were actually happy.
Shark was the prime example of health... Well, until... Yeah.
heres what happened when i made a complaint on fish mistreatment
Dear Ms. Ross,
I am sorry to hear that you had a unpleasant experience at PetSmart. As the Pet Care Manager, I was disturbed to hear about your experience. It is our policy to take the upmost care to all animals in our care. And as a trainer, I want to make sure all our associates follow the policies that are set forth by our company and that is taking care of not only the animal in our care, but our customers.
I am going to speak to Kate and spend some time with her. She is one of my best employees and is a very knowledgeable associate, but I feel that this is very serious matter. If a customer has a problem with something that happens in my department, I want to make sure it is corrected and it does not happen again. I do appreciate you letting me know, otherwise I can not have my associates learn from their mistakes. I have opened several PetSmart's and have trained many associates whether they work in pet care full time or work in another department and happen to stop and help a customer. But unfortunately, I can not always be in my department at all times to see if there are training issues that I need to cover.
PetSmart policy does have us gently net the desired fish and gently grasp the net and hold the fish until we release it into the catch container. This does help prevent the fish from struggling and injuring itself or jumping out of the net. You mentioned that one of the Cory cats' sustained damage. I would be happy to replace the Cory and make sure you receive one free of injuries or blemishes.
Thank you for bringing this matter to our attention and if you decide to come back to PetSmart, please remember if there is anything you have concerns about, please don't hesitate to ask to speak to a manager.
I am glad to hear that you are a fish fancier and would enjoy meeting you. Sorry I have not met you in my department when you have visited. The next time you come in and I hope that you do, please take the time to personally ask for me.