I went to my local PetCo today to buy another snail for my tank. Every time I visit the store, I take the time to look over the Betta Fish there to admire them and maybe point out to the busy employees about a fish that needs its water desperately changed (thankfully they comply but I'm sure I'm seen as an annoyance). Thankfully, out of all the fish stores I've been too, they probably have the best care for their Bettas and other fish that I've seen (it's rare when I see cloudy water).
I was glancing through when I caught sight of this beautiful Purple and Gold Half Moon King Betta Fish Male. He was gorgeous but wasn't really swimming too much. I watched him for a while until he slowly turned around and to my great dismay, he had this large brown spot with scales hanging off on his side and nearby one of his fins was clamped (I've determined that he most likely had a medium stage buildup of Velvet). I felt so bad for the guy. They sell these guys for 20 dollars (their most expensive Betta) and I was torn. Then he just stopped and looked at me and I took him off the shelf.
I first brought it to the attention of one of the employees there and asked if they knew what was wrong with the fish. They said it looked like a type of fungal or bacterial infection. I then told them I wanted to purchase the fish.
I didn't know they had a policy against selling sick fish and was upset because I know the kind of treatment fish retailers give is usually minimal but they said they would do what they could until he was back on the shelf.
First thing I see them do is change the water, add a few drops of Bettafix, and then put him to the side on their counter. I tried to talk them into letting me purchase it but they said they would but they couldn't allow it due to their jobs.
What's the likelihood this guy will survive? I hate to think I screwed up a potential rescue just by pointing it out to one of the employees first and this guy was an amazing looking fish.
What do you guys do when you usually find yourself in a similar situation? Also, for those who have worked or currently work in places like PetCo or PetSmart, how often do fish like that survive with that kind of minimal treatment?