05-27-2011, 05:24 PM
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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.
Last edited by Mikaila31; 05-27-2011 at 05:28 PM..