free the bettas and walmart fish!!!

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at least where they are they are able to find good homes.. if they where all to go to good homes id be in but it is unrealistic
 

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The only problem I see with buying them to free them is that the companies will take that not as a sign of you you think, but as a high selling product to continue the tiny bowl practice.
 

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Someone can start a petition

When I first started, I got fish from Walmart.

Lol, worst decision ever. I'm pretty sure they were all sick, they didn't even swim away when they were netted by the inexperienced employee that didn't even work at that section (well I don't think anyone does). I saw so many dead fish.... I've never gone back there since. (and the fish died less than 12 hrs later)

But seriously, they shouldn't be allowed to sell fish if there's no one actually working at that section AND allowing there to be rotting fish in so many tanks.
 
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Well the bettas can be put in a community tank and the Walmart fish.. we need to get Walmart to stop selling fish its horrible
 

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freshpuffer said:
Well the bettas can be put in a community tank and the Walmart fish.. we need to get Walmart to stop selling fish its horrible
I think the bettas would kill each other.
 

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Maybe you could get the "occupy" protestors to show up there. Should be easy as they rarely know what they're protesting. That'll get some media attention to get your message out.
 

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freshpuffer said:
Well the bettas can be put in a community tank and the Walmart fish.. we need to get Walmart to stop selling fish its horrible
They are quite territorial and would kill each other and most other fish before anyone had a chance to buy them.
 

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I am sure they ment 1 betta a tank... also Walmart makes a decent profit from selling fish and other animal supplies I doubt they will ever stop however I would like to defend them, a little, with saying my brother and I have gotten our walmat to heat their tanks and keep the bettas clean :) I go in once a week and check on the fish and make complaints to the manager on duty! Also I have 4 black skirt tetras and 1 betta from there and none are sick and thriving... it depends oh how you care for them once you bring them home and carfully watching them before buying them...

Before petitioning to get rid of something, that won't ever happen, try talking to the managers 9/10 they they will help with keeping everything in good condition :)
 

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I have pretty much shunned walmart petco and petsmart.. I go to petco and petsmart out of complete necessity for good fish food apI master and such like that as well as plants.. I have not bought any fish besides my betta from petco. all other fish are from a lfs
 

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I get your point about walmart. But in all the stores I've been to that sell fish, there are always problems with overcrowding and dead fish in the tank. It would be great if store tanks were stocked reasonably, but the problems are pretty common everywhere from Petco and Walmart to the local and specialty fish stores.
The best maintained tanks I've seen are saltwater where the fish are very expensive.
 

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As I said to fix the issues talk to someone in charge... then come in weekly or twice weekly and complain... if it doesn't work move to the district manager if he can't do it, personally, I would start calling the health department and they will shut them down until it is fixed :)
 

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My wife bought new gold fish from Petsmart the other day and after she bagged them and tagged them she told us they just moved the fish to the new tank due to some electrical work so they might be stressed.


Well they didn't make it, no suprise, they got all stressed and did a mass suicide.
 

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No. Wouldn't ever support Walmart by buying their fish. That would just cause them to stock even more. The ones at my local Walmarts are extremely sick (probably with something chronic like my local Petsmart has). Each tank has dozens of dead fish rotting and they never even take the dead fish out. I wish we could get them to stop selling fish but nobody stands a chance against such a giant chain store.
 

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my wallmart has stepped up they have a lady that works there and she dose daily pwc and changes a bit of the betta water daily , last I was in they didn't have a single dead fish, she asked the walmart for a position in pets because she hated the way they where kept
 

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I was in Walmart again today (a filter died) and I looked at their tanks. They are almost completely covered in algae. There's dead and sick fish in just about every tank. They stuck some plecos in with the oscars (they weren't in there the other day) and now they all have ripped fins. Out of the 20 or so id sharks that they have (in ONE tank), maybe 15 of them are extremely bloated. I counted 17 pictus cats in one tank! They also have 4 black finned sharks, 2 snails, and 5 giant danios in there with them (and some plants). They barely have enough room to turn around at all, let alone swim. And these divided tanks are only about the size of a FIVE gallon!!

I'm surprised they sell any fish at all. Other than the betta I tried to save there - I would never buy fish from them.
 
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scotty b said:
my wallmart has stepped up they have a lady that works there and she dose daily pwc and changes a bit of the betta water daily , last I was in they didn't have a single dead fish, she asked the walmart for a position in pets because she hated the way they where kept
If they get somebody who actually cares for fish and will take care of them then I'm fine with that
 

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I was very happy to see the tanks in good shape wish more walmarts would do this
 

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trijohn said:
I get your point about walmart. But in all the stores I've been to that sell fish, there are always problems with overcrowding and dead fish in the tank. It would be great if store tanks were stocked reasonably, but the problems are pretty common everywhere from Petco and Walmart to the local and specialty fish stores.
The best maintained tanks I've seen are saltwater where the fish are very expensive.
My local PetLand has clean tanks. Never seen a dead fish, and the only crowded ones are their feeder comet tank which I guess is expected :/ Their betta cups are sad, but usually clean looking. When I bought my newest boy there he and one other had really bad water, but they were the exception. I honestly think they just got missed by accident.

Infact the only other thing I've ever seen them doing wrong was putting their mystery snails in the tank with puffers, lol. They move their snails tank to tank to deal with the algae growth, and I guess someone didn't know better and tossed 'em in there. I told the gal on duty that her snails were getting eaten, and she moved them out.

My Wal-mart doesn't sell fish. I almost wish they did so I could go harrass them for a job
 

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I know in all the walmarts at least from what I have seen here in Saskatchewan they took out their tanks and no longer sell fish. But that is probably just here!
 

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Petland here sells puppy mill dogs, so I avoid it. They do have the best fish tanks in town, though.
 

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Let's all please remember that one store does not necessarily reflect the entire brand and its subsidiaries.

Of the 4,253 stores that Walmart operates, there is bound to be a few bad eggs. "One swallow does not a summer make" as the saying goes.

As has been suggested, contacting the manager/staff at the store in question should be the first step. If you have no luck dealing directly with the staff, then contact corporate to have the matter addressed.

Walmart Home Office
702 Saltwater 8th Street
Bentonville, AR 72716-8611
479-273-4000
 

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ryan I will respectfully say that has to be an australian saying because I have never heard it
 

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OnTheFry said:
I have never heard it
You have now

It's actually an English proverb, basically means:
One instance of an event (such as the arrival of a single bird) does not necessarily indicate a trend.

 

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I think there's a general consensus out there that most, if not nearly all walmart fish sections should be removed. In some places they have been removed. In the dozen or so that I've visited, I've yet to find one that even gets remotely close to on par with ethical fishkeeping practices. Another trend I've noticed is that they have a single person working the entire pet section, and they tend not to be trained at all in regard to fish species or care information. But I do agree, each store can be different than the next, although I tend to reserve that statement for chain pet stores like petco/petsmart, where there are actually a number of good ones.
 

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At the walmart near me they don't even have gravel. Barebottom. Insanly overstocked, nasty dirty tanks. Its sad... then my petco, where I work, we've had broken heaters for 3 frickin months. And corprate still hasn't sent us new ones! Its getting rediculus. Escpecially when most of the employees have a few tanks each! And we feel awful about the fish because the waters so cold we've got reoccuring ich just cuz its not warm enough. Grrrrrr. Will someone call corporate for me and yell at them bout sending us heaters?
 
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If the fish section is beyond repair then we should shut it down but if there is a couple dead fish we should warn them or if they don't do anything we shut it down
 

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As a former walmart employee over this past summer, I can tell you that they actually have good work orders for the employees on how to care for the tanks. I read over all the stuff and it was accurate. The problem is that they don't hire someone to specifically work the fish tanks, and they rarely hire anyone who knows about fish. While I was working there, I was able to teach the people who usually get asked to get fish about stocking and what goes to together. I also got them to make the temperatures correct, clean algae, and feed properly. So, I think Walmart could be a decent supplier; however, they just don't have people working who know what to do, so you cannot get mad at the employees. If you want change, write/email corporate and tell them each store with fish needs a fish specialist.
Also, usually only kids or people who knew nothing about fish bought the fish, and these people tend to not listen to what a salesperson says. They want 3 bala sharks, and 4 tiger barbs for there new 1 gallon tank and you can't stop them. (I encountered that or similar situations numerous times).
 
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I went to the Walmart in Norman you could barely see inside the tank because there is so much algae. ..they had all there fish in like 5 gallon aquariums they probably had like 10 2in fish one aquarium and they had 1pleco in 1 aquarium can somebody call and yell at them

CODY
 

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