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post #1 of 10 Old 05-27-2011, 03:45 PM Thread Starter
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Why Walmart Shouldn't sale fish!

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post #2 of 10 Old 05-27-2011, 03:53 PM
I'm confused...

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post #3 of 10 Old 05-27-2011, 03:55 PM
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Is your friend's fish the same type and age?

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A simple search on the petco website would reveal to you that your friend's fish is a tiger oscar cichlid while the other is a red oscar cichlid. Meaning they're suppose to look different. Please do a little research before you get people's hackles up over something like this.

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post #5 of 10 Old 05-27-2011, 04:06 PM
I've seen worse at walmart. That Oscar actually doesn't look too bad

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post #6 of 10 Old 05-27-2011, 04:09 PM Thread Starter
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Ummm *scratches head*... what are you confused about?

Can you not see how skinny, stressed and unhealthy that oscar looks?

No, the tiger oscar is obviously older. But, it was just to show comparison between a healthy oscar and a 'walmart oscar'...

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A simple search on the petco website would reveal to you that your friend's fish is a tiger oscar cichlid while the other is a red oscar cichlid. Meaning they're suppose to look different. Please do a little research before you get people's hackles up over something like this.
I know the difference between a Tiger oscar, and a red oscar bro... I'm not sure what Red oscars you're familar with, but, around here they sure dont look like walmarts.
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post #8 of 10 Old 05-27-2011, 04:24 PM
Walmarts motto is "always low prices, always". Thus they sell fish for cheap. These fish are often lower quality then other fish you will see in other shops, which are more expensive. It has nothing to do with walmart really. Those two fish could of came from the same fish farm overseas. Before they are sold they are sorted by quality grades and the high quality fish are sold for more. Walmart simply gets the lowest grade, lowest quality fish. Your friends fish is clearly in a nice mature tank and is higher quality where the walmart oscar has likely been just shipped and in that tank for less then a week. Its not surprising its slightly thin. Most shop fish are stressed and not in the best shape when you buy them. It does not look unhealthy to me though, just poor quality. I rarely buy from walmart unless they have bamboo shrimp, its not hard for me to find a private petstore I hate more then walmart though. There are only a few places I will buy from regularly. For the individual who just wants fish for cheap though there is not much wrong with walmart. A show-quality oscar and a walmart oscar still have the personality of an oscar.

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post #9 of 10 Old 05-27-2011, 07:05 PM
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I suppose you're friends with the person who owns this website too? Please be honest.

Fish Index: Tiger Oscar Fish (Astronotus Ocellatus)

Doesn't it seem that most juvenile fish are skinnier than their adult counterparts no matter where they come from? My neon tetra stayed skinny until they were put in a bigger tank even though their feeding habits haven't changed.

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post #10 of 10 Old 05-27-2011, 08:50 PM
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i have bought a few fish from walmart , and have some good luck with them. when i can buy a catfish for 7 dollars instead of 20, ill take the risk.
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