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Was doing a little shopping earlier in my local Wally World, and I had to of course go look over the betta's. If there's a betta in the store, I gotta check it out, while I may not have room or need another one, it's an itch you gotta scratch right?
Well I strolled over to the fish area, looked over each betta, and about 70% of them were in bad shape. I even saw one that was dead, and looked to have been that way for days and days.
I then went over to check out how the other fishies were living...Not any better, worse even. There was at least 2 dead fish in each section of tanks. In the Neon Tetra tank, there was at least 10-15 dead ones laying at the bottom and/or floating around. It was disgusting to say the least.
I guess the employees have better and more important things to do than keep the living things in the store ALIVE. OH! and not to mention, every tank with fish only had the weekend feeder pellets, that's all they ate, no real food, no flakes, nothing, just those chunks of "food".
Maybe it's just the employee in electronics that was very rude to me when I asked him a question about where a certain item was, with him giving me attitude and acting like I was the dumbest person he'd ever come across that has me all fired up, but FOR SHAME Wal-mart FOR SHAME!
 

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Wal-Mart has the WORST conditions 4 Bettas @ ALL TIMES!!! They never change water,They don't care or feed everyday,THEY WON'T EVEN GET THE DEAD ONES OUT!!! They are a disgrace to be caring for such a beautiful fish!
There is a petition thread around here but the people are still wondering if or not to do the petition.
 

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I think it's sad that a lot of the Employees that run the pets/aquatics section always appear to be lazy or just don't have a clue on what to do. You'd think if they sell living things, they'd at least try to find people who knew what they were doing so that the animals didn't have to suffer for the sake of money.

I'm at least thankful that a petstore a half an hour away has professionals there that actually know what they're doing and give proper advice for caring for certain types of pets (especially fish).
 

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It's just pathetic. If the employees aren't going to properly care of the fish, then don't carry the fish. You bring one home anyway and it dies in two days. I'm really not surprised that it was bad, but it's still a little shocking when they've been so poorly cared for that there's 15 dead ones laying in the bottom of a tank, and most others on their death bed. It's saddening.
 

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I have yet to go to a store that has bettas in good condition - weather it be walmart, petco, petsmart or the 2 local pet shops. One LPS has employees that work off COMISSION and chagre $2 for the betta cup :shock: Yes, lets sell people animals they cant care for just so you can make a comission. They sell mostly puppies - expensive puppies.
 

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thats just plain sick
 

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Contact the home office at walmart. I just had my fifth conversation with a walmart manager about the bettas. He said a call to the home office gets a contact to the store manager.

He happened to be the store manager. I told him the betta care is horrid. He actually seemed to care. He said it Will be better and to come back and check and let him know what i think.

But until you get someone to care. If you have the nerve, which I do. Go open a bottle of the betta water they sell for them. Walk to the sink. Empty out most of the dirty water. Refill with their betta water. Put lid back on. Grab another betta. Repeat. I have done this three or four times. No one notices or cares. I told the manager i did this. Really what can he do?

Sometimes you just have to DO.....
 

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Keep contacting store managers and head office. There's no WalMart in my province that sells live anything. The shelves where the tanks used to be carries, more efficiently, the huge bags of dog and cat food, cat trees and kennels. It's not economical for WM to sell fish. Just keep harrassing them. You're not the first one they've heard from, and pretty soon changes will be implemented.
My 7 yr old neice always picks out the dead fish in the stores and alerts the employees. Whose gonna walk away from a 7 year old!!! lol She's too cute, waiting patiently until their not busy and then pointing out the tank and area the fish is kept!! lol She also spikes convo with them, saying things like , "that's a sin, he was getting bullied" and "aw, rest in peace little fishie". !!!!
 

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Keep contacting store managers and head office. There's no WalMart in my province that sells live anything. The shelves where the tanks used to be carries, more efficiently, the huge bags of dog and cat food, cat trees and kennels. It's not economical for WM to sell fish. Just keep harrassing them. You're not the first one they've heard from, and pretty soon changes will be implemented.
My 7 yr old neice always picks out the dead fish in the stores and alerts the employees. Whose gonna walk away from a 7 year old!!! lol She's too cute, waiting patiently until their not busy and then pointing out the tank and area the fish is kept!! lol She also spikes convo with them, saying things like , "that's a sin, he was getting bullied" and "aw, rest in peace little fishie". !!!!

Awww thats too cute!!!
 

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Contact the home office at walmart. I just had my fifth conversation with a walmart manager about the bettas. He said a call to the home office gets a contact to the store manager.

He happened to be the store manager. I told him the betta care is horrid. He actually seemed to care. He said it Will be better and to come back and check and let him know what i think.

But until you get someone to care. If you have the nerve, which I do. Go open a bottle of the betta water they sell for them. Walk to the sink. Empty out most of the dirty water. Refill with their betta water. Put lid back on. Grab another betta. Repeat. I have done this three or four times. No one notices or cares. I told the manager i did this. Really what can he do?

Sometimes you just have to DO.....

WOO! you go! I don't know if I'd have the guts to that, unless it was really late and nobody was around lol
 

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I'm not sure how many people write letters anymore to complain to get something changed, but last time I checked, maybe a few years ago, statistically only 7 letters have to be written for a company/business to change what's being complained about, eventually, hopefully, the issue will be resolved. It'd be just fine with me if they stopped selling fish all together. If no one can properly care for them, they need to be some place where they will be cared for.
 

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WOO! you go! I don't know if I'd have the guts to that, unless it was really late and nobody was around lol
Well... as you get older .... you get more gutsy... :-D

and usually I have done it in the middle of the day and not one person notices...
 

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I work at Walmart and it's appalling. I would gladly volunteer to take over fish duties, but for whatever reason they won't allow it. I know at least one other employee would gladly do it, and knows far more about fish care than anyone who is actually "caring" for the fish. Apparently the filter that they run are connected to several tanks. So it's one filter for each row of tanks I think. :-? So if one tank get's infected, they'd have to treat all the tanks. And they're too lazy. Also, the gravel is just creating problems. It doesn't get vacuumed EVER. It's a poison trap waiting to be sprung. If it were up to me, I'd be pulling the gravel from ALL the tanks. No, it doesn't look as pretty, but the water would be cleaner. I've noticed that the more reliable and quality fish suppliers and breeders with large quantities of fish will not have gravel in their tanks. And then I'd institute water changes on a weekly basis at the very least. More frequently at first because of the current poor water quality and for the overstocked tanks. Daily for the betta fish. And they would all actually get fed everyday. We're hoping that they just quit carrying live fish at all. But people keep coming in and buying them so they keep stocking them.
 

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You need to have a real talk with the manager with the other fish guy there, like serious talk.. because this is just sick
 

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On a slightly positive note, my walmart got a new fish guy and this guy at least acts like he gives a care the fish look like they are being looked after- the bettas are lasting longer than a week, and even the female are their actual color and not completely white with stress stripes. He ordered new plants and took out the black dead "plants" that have been in there forever.
He isn't perfect but he is definatly an improvement from mister "sure you can put a goldfish in with your betta."
 

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Walmart is pretty horrible. My local one takes decent care of its bettas (water changes and feeding regularly) but all the others? starved. We went up there (its where I got my boy at) and the bettas seemed alright. clean water, food.
every other fish tank was filled with fish EATING each other. GROSS.
 

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The walmart I worked at in Alaska, I NEVER saw anybody in the pet section except for the night stockers and since their job is just to put away noting but pallets and pallets of stuff, I doubt they did anything for the fish.

The one here, I always see a guy there but he...I think there is somtihng mentally wrong with him...either that or he can not speak a word of english
 

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They either need to hire people with experience and knowledge of fish, or stop keeping them in stock period.
 
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