I've only experienced 2 dead bettas at my local Petsmart. The Walmart, however, has had at least 5 since my sister and I got back in to bettas, 3 of which died from a nasty case of fast moving rot.
I also recently tried to save a betta from my local Petsmart. He was in horrid condition, but the other bettas were fine. Unfortunately he was too far gone and died 4 days later. I'll be going back and getting a new betta later in the week since they insure their fish for 14 days.
The bettas at my Walmart are always in terrible condition, but at least there's only 10 cups max at a time.
Im so glad Im in England and we dont have anywhere but specialist shops selling fish. I would be over-run by now if I wasnt, I'm not sure I could leave any fish in conditions like that. I would certainly put in a complaint! Good luck!
I was just at petsmart, and got a lovely, healthy and active Halfmoon male. He doesn't have the full 180* caudal fin, though.
The only male there with a correct fin had awfully ragged fins and couldn't float straight. I felt awful for him, but I don't have the experience or the space to heal a fish like that. Nor could I have convinced my dad to buy an unhealthy fish :( you could tell they don't change the water that often, there was a lot of uneaten food sitting at the bottom of the cups.
Petsmart is supposed to water changes twice a week, but I've only seen them changing the water once. And as far as that halfmoon you didn't get, he probably just needed some epsom salt and warmer water to fix his swimbladder issues and let his fins heal. But I can understand your dad's point of view too.
So far, I've only seen one dead betta at my Petsmart. I've been lucky. I would have seen a dead betta at Wal-Mart if I hadn't bought her and taken her home so she could die in clean water - severe dropsy and parasites, she was standing on her tail in the cup. I went back to rescue another girl but she was gone. Where to, I don't even want to think about it.
fishman, that's just truly horrible. :( And yeah, you may be young but you've got rights. Like, "The customer is always right" kind of rights, especially if the customer is a knowledgeable betta owner. I bet some punk kid probably put them together in that cup as a cruel prank. I never trust the groups of kids hanging around he fish at my Wal-Mart. Did anyone separate the male and female at least? I definitely agree with dramaqueen, contact corporate and politely tell them that your local Wal-Mart SUCKS!
Personally I would go back and get the fish if they are still there. I would also pick up 2 storage containers that are at least 1 gallon sized if you cant get or dont have room for bigger tanks. Just be sure to poke some holes in the lids . I've kept bettas from walmart in storage containers till I could get bigger homes for them. ALL my walmart fish seem to have an issue with no tail fins
Contrary to what people will say, they can live in a 1 gallon - just keep up on the water changes. I had a VT that looked like a CT heal fairly well in a 1 gallon. However once he was in a 5 gallon he healed twice as fast and is alot happier. He came from walmart as well, by the way. Actually once I put him in clean conditioned water in a .3 gallon he was looking better...
Well, I HAVE my old betta's tank sitting next to my ten gallon, filled, and with decorations, I could use it. I guess I'll ask my dad...is it possible to get the price down? I don't know if I could guarantee his survival (That sounds so sad)
You can try talking to a manager. I dont think dept managers have that power so you would want to talk to someone higher up. My store has like a million different managers around at any one time but trying to find them was damn near impossible. I would try going to customer service and seeing if they can help. They should have some way of contacting a manager. If I remember correctly that can contact a manager via their register somehow. I was never a cashier trained when I was there (THANK GOD) but I do recall them saying something like that during orientation.
If their only problem is torn.missing fins, thats fairly easy to fix - clean warm water and I use stress coat but If they are actually sick, I cant offer any advice on that. Other then fin rot, and ammonia issues, I havent had any fish that have been sick.
Good Luck and let us know how it goes if dad agrees