Pet Peeve - #18
I know everyone already likely realizes that you don't buy fish from Walmart because they're sick. If you don't know it already, consider yourself told now. And pay attention.
Walmart fish are sick. I have kind of a beta rescue thing going on in my house. For years, I've bought betas from Walmart that look like they need rescued. They all do, true, but I'm talking the ones that don't have enough water, or their little cup is cracked or filthy water, or something along those lines.
You can laugh at me if you like, but that would say far more about you than it does me.
Anyway, I went to Walmart last night with my Mom. As usual we headed to the fish section. Immediately I see two dead betas. I'm disgusted. I look through all of them, as usual, and I find one that is very obviously sick. Appears to be some sort of fungal infection; this white, cottony, slimy looking film all over his body (no, it wasn't Ick). I'm holding this cup, checking out this poor little fish and my Mom doesn't even bat an eyelash when I stick him into the cart. That's how used to me she is, huh?
So while she's over checking out the goldfish (she has sort of the same fish-rescue affliction as I do, only hers is namely feeder goldfish), I'm searching the shelves high and low for some sort of water treatment. First I find a small bottle that promises it'll cure any ailment from Ick to Protozoan Diseases. There is no mention of any fungal infection, so I throw it back to grab the Beta Revive Health Aid, specifically for betas, as you clearly see. This says to me that it "Prevents & Controls:
- Protozoan Diseases
- Bacterial Diseases
- Fungal Diseases"
I get it. I also grab a little net for him, because I know I can never use it again. I'm no fish expert for sure, but I can tell you that whatever this poor little guy has, it's so gross that I'm wanting to bathe repeatedly, just from looking at it.
Mom's still checking out the goldfish, has decided to buy a couple, and is directing the 17 year old (no way he's over 17) kid on which ones to catch in the net. She picks five.
I'm wandering around, looking at all the other sick fish they have when I spot the world's cutest goldfish. I mean really. They're probably common, but I don't care. They're the fat, rotund, black, bug-eyed, long tailed goldfish. I step up on the stool (the tanks on the top), tell the kid to get over here and catch me a fish, scan the tank for the "healthy" looking ones, and end up with two of the World's Cutest Goldfish. A copper one, and a black one. They're both little, so they're not as fat as they will be, but their eyes are still a bit buggy. I buy a big bowl to put them both in and some plants to fit in it. I never put plants in at first, because if any fish is sick, the bowl can easily be scoured, but the plants cannot.
I bring them all home, set up their bowls, goldfish first, because they appear healthy, and I don't want to risk spreading the nasty stuff, then I mix the blue beta meds into the water and add the beta. Immediately, he goes nose up tail down. I grab him out and put him back in his little cup. I followed the directions exactly, by the way, but I dumped half the water and filled it with fresh water to dilute the meds, and put the fish back in. He appears a little better than his initial nose up tail down float, and so I feed everyone (I have 4 other betas, including my Ice Age Miracle Beta) and nothing changes the rest of the time I'm up.
I get up this morning, and immediately go check my new fish. My beta is dead. My copper goldfish is alive, barely, and swimming at the top of his bowl. My black goldfish is swimming, sort of spastically (not healthy) and has a white film all over him. There is absolutely no way the white shit spread, because I was extremely careful, and unless it leapt from one bowl to the other, it's just not possible. Click on the pics to see the full size. If anyone has a clue what's wrong with the beta, let me know?
Walmart has like a 36 hour return policy, something like that. I'll be taking the beta back, of course, not because I care about the money, but because I can get another beta that needs a home. I'll take back the goldfish too if I lose them during the time frame. I'm still hoping maybe, they'll both pull through.
I knew the beta was sick, but both of the goldfish appeared healthy - and overnight both are at death's door.
Don't buy fish from walmart, people, not unless you're like me. Walmart shouldn't be selling anything living anyway, it's entirely unethical. Especially if they can't keep them healthy. Some people, who don't realize, go and get a cute little goldfish and drop it in their tank and poison all their other fish as well. A friend of mine had an entire 50 gallon tank wiped out this way.
Consider yourselves informed.