10-23-2006, 12:53 AM
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Keep in mind that places like Walmart don't spend the money on their fish the way any LFS usually will. Many Walmart stores don't feed the fish, don't do much, if any maintenance, and don't medicate them, either. Reject or not, they are usually not well cared for animals. The lack of expense on care needs will decrease their price to the consumer.
It's a sad thing, really... places like that should not be stocking or selling live animals of any kind. There are also some pet stores who do the same thing. A friend of mine went to work for a small pet store near her home, and because of her experience and training, was given the job of fish room manager. When she attempted to feed the fish, she got yelled at from the general manager, who informed her that the fish shouldn't be there long enough to need feeding. When a shipment came in sick, she attempted to medicate, and was told her job was on the line because she was spending their money needlessly. She was also reprimanded for adding live plants to the fish tanks, even though she doubled the sales of the plants within 2 wks time of adding them to the tanks. She ended up quitting this job, for many reasons, but especially the way they refused to let her properly care for the fish. The general manager and the owner both agreed that she was doing "too much" for "stupid fish".
Unfortunately, it's out there... in many places. The best thing we can do to help this is to NOT buy animals from places like this.