Bad fish treatment in stores

  1. Platylover

    Platylover Fishlore VIP Member

    So zcpetty mentioned about making this a thread, thought it would be interesting so here it is. I'll start out with saying I was able to save a betta from Walmart a few months ago. He was in a container that was cracked and they used tape, yes the packing tape, to 'fix' it. He had barely any water and was sad. A few days later I took him to my LFS and gave them him. Glad to say they will make more money then Walmart. That being said I do like that they have Tetra products there and would buy them. Other problems I see are mislabeling at fish stores and selling balloon fish. As well as giving bad advice, I've seen a store progressively let their puffers get ich, on week on had, next week one had, the week after that, every one had it... So share your stories of what your fish stores or general stores do wrong. This could be vary helpful in learning for us all what not to do.:)
     
  2. maggie thecat

    maggie thecat Well Known Member Member

    Fiddler crabs in freshwater with no way to get out of the tank. I've gently suggested they either set up a crabitat or at least put a turtle dock in the tank, but they keep on selling waterlogged crabs.

    Too bad because they're nice people otherwise.
     
  3. FreshAquariums

    FreshAquariums Valued Member Member

    First off.... this thread is such a good thread honestly!!!! love it!!

    my LFS is horrible! (yelling omg (>o--o)> ) they just let there fish die all the time, might as well be considered fishy abuse lol. but seriously when they have a fish such as an Oscar (not huge yet) that's sick they just look at it and are like "yea hes good 100% great nothings wrong here"
    next day I look at it... half the Oscar is missing and hes dead. (just kidding) but hes like horribly discolored like omg take better care of your fish I swear FDA
     
  4. TexasDomer

    TexasDomer Fishlore Legend Member

    I just wanted to point out that by buying fish (be it betta or whatever) from Walmart or other poorly kept stores, you're not rescuing them - you're buying them, and encouraging the store to replace them with another fish.
     
  5. K

    Kwig Well Known Member Member

    Omg my aquatics specialist at work is constantly ordering and selling crabs to people in community tanks. When I took over the ordering that was the first thing to become what I call a Special Order Request Only. Same with clown loaches, common plecos and Bala sharks. I can't realistically verify that every Special Order is going into a proper habitat but just taking the ability to impulsively buy them on the spot helps.

    Btw, I see nothing wrong with using tape to repair a cup. The company that sends the Bettas don't ever send spare cups. At least, ours doesn't. If I have a spare, it's because someone else died. But then Walmart never puts much water in their cups. And then my Walmart stacks them so they can't get fresh air. I can't even.
     
  6. FreshAquariums

    FreshAquariums Valued Member Member

    that's true
     
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    Platylover

    Platylover Fishlore VIP Member

    I know that it's really only supporting them, but it was only a one time thing and Id usually never do that. Thanks for telling me though.:) I was going to report it, but they asked for a phone number and address(why would you need that for a complaint?) and figured they would just have sold my information so I didn't report it. The reason for me being upset about the tape is for 1. It's Walmart, their fish will more than likely die and they should have an extra cup.
    2. It's Walmart, they have containers, vases, anything everywhere, they even have bowls.
    3. His water was just enough for him to be upright.(sorry, just hate Walmart... They should not have pets of any kind) It just annoys me that they do that when they have hundreds of containers. But hey, they'd sell you a poisoned dog if they knew you'd come back and buy another one. I've seen them stack probably 20ish fish together, two containers, one on top for probably three or four rows
    That's nice that your store has a special order for the 'cooler' fish. I've tried to special order at Petco, never came in... I enjoy hearing that your store is responsible! FreshAquariums, maybe call a shelter or someone who's in charge of animal cruelty, I've learned that it's illegal to miss treat fish. I can't believe they did that, poor Oscar.:( maggiethecat, that's just plain bad... Why would they put them into freshwater when they are saltwater? Kind of like the freshwater flounder who need brackish water instead...
     
  8. FreshAquariums

    FreshAquariums Valued Member Member

    I was at there store once and they had another Oscar with one fin stuck to his body... cri :(
     
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    Platylover

    Platylover Fishlore VIP Member

    He only had one fin? Or literally had one stuck too him? Wow... Just sad, just sad...
     
  10. FreshAquariums

    FreshAquariums Valued Member Member

    (this isn't sarcasm->) you know how fish have 2 regular fins to swim right, well his right fin was stuck against his body and his left fin was regular. but like... how does your fin get stuck against your body... idk but I don't wanna know cause its sad a bit. but im more angry for them not doing anything about it
     
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    Platylover

    Platylover Fishlore VIP Member

    No kidding, I'd be mad too...
     
  12. TexasDomer

    TexasDomer Fishlore Legend Member

    Fish can get injured during transport. It wasn't necessarily the store's fault.
     
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    Platylover

    Platylover Fishlore VIP Member

    That is true, but them saying ones a 100% fine and it isn't... Well I haven't been there, but some stores I wouldn't put it past them not caring.
     
  14. zcpetty

    zcpetty Well Known Member Member

    Thanks for the tag! As i mentioned before i have a petpeev about the red tail cats that they sell as babies. This fish should not be put in a tank unless its a professional massive tank! I see them all the time in petshops where they were returned because they got too big. They belong in their native river! Watch river monsters! He accidentally catches these giant red tails constantly. They get huge! This applies to several species of fish especially cats! [​IMG]
     
  15. FreshAquariums

    FreshAquariums Valued Member Member

    That's such a huge and pretty fish omg! :D And what a large fish tank, wish I could afford that lol
     
  16. zcpetty

    zcpetty Well Known Member Member

    Thats at tropical world pets in STL MO. They are awesome! [​IMG][​IMG][​IMG]
     
  17. tfreema

    tfreema Fishlore VIP Member

    I am lucky to have pretty decent petland and petco nearby and a couple more individually owned in the closest big city.
     
  18. FreshAquariums

    FreshAquariums Valued Member Member

    my petsmart carrriest the best fish ever, wanna know the biggest seller they have? (in the petsmart near me) tfreema
     
  19. zcpetty

    zcpetty Well Known Member Member

    I live in Fenton MO so i have 2 Petcos, a big petsmart, and Tropical World Pets within 25 mile radius
     
  20. FreshAquariums

    FreshAquariums Valued Member Member

    So lucky! T-T