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PostPosted: Sun Oct 24, 2004 10:41 pm
by snailstreaks
The walmart by me has the snails in a 5g minibow. Nothing in it except some bridgesii and a random cana.

I mean nothing... no food... no snail poop. As we all know with our lil snails.. what goes in comes out 2 fold.

The bettas are in TINY cups (they curl their tails to fit in.)

The thing is.... if you buy the critters to save them... the company just orders more. Many of thier fish they just dump in to the new tanks... and the fish go into shock. Or the way they are packed, they get too cold in transport.

All you can do is complain complain complain. The more the merrier.

PostPosted: Mon Oct 25, 2004 12:40 am
by ebby_grl
It's crossed my mind lately...I need extra $ for xmas, so maybe getting a job at walmart and specifically in the pet department, it might help? I don't know a huge bunch about fish and tanks, but I'm sure what I do know is better than what the useless twits there now know.

And I was about to say I wish walmart in canada would sell snails, but just as fast, I'd say I'm glad they don't! It would be much handier if they did, but I wouldn't wish that kind of quality of life on my worst enemies!

I had talked with a few people at practical pet care (website, can't remember the address - but donya posted it on the first page). Apparently you can complain to walmart all you want...they don't do anything. I would rather pay the little bit extra to buy my fish at a LFS than have them mistreating any aquatic critters that bad. I wish they'd just take the tanks out of walmart period!

PostPosted: Mon Oct 25, 2004 3:21 am
by iTZKooPA
I hate walmart altogether and go there as little as I can (hate how they censor things and use their company to change products and things of that nature) but their pet dept needs all the help they can get.

Thing is I doubt you can get a job in that dept specifically since its so small. They never seem to have someone there (the two times I have gone) and I only go during peak business hours.

PostPosted: Sat Oct 30, 2004 4:41 pm
by bluerattyrat
I'll make a ton of copies of my brigessi care sheet and drop some off at petco, walmart and petsmart. Did I mention I sneak thier snails food? I almost got caught once but the lady at walmart was too dumb to know what happened (no offense to her) I gave them some crushed coral that had went through the blender to make all liquid and some high quality pellets. I just turned around before she could see what I had, threw more pellets in and ran off. Needless to say we are now freinds and she is better educated about snails. :lol:

PostPosted: Sat Oct 30, 2004 6:53 pm
by snailstreaks
LOL!!! Yet another covert snail care operator! I put drops of calcium on some algae wafers. Then I know when I drop it in... they get both food and calcium.

I am just happy it is cold enough for jackets now.... cause a few times I have forgotten to take the bag out of my clothes and washed it. :o

PostPosted: Sat Oct 30, 2004 8:02 pm
by Acsuth
This sounds like a really ghetto Walmart! All the ones around here(and there are 5-6 in a 20 mile radius) have tanks built onto the wall(as opposed to minibows on a shelf LOL) and keep their bettas in larger pint containers that say "Walmart" on the lids...of course it doesn't help when the employess only fill the cup 1/3 of the way full :roll: But...I gotta ask...does this Walmart in question have burnt out and/or flickering lights in their sign, grafitti on the walls and gangs congregating in the parking lot?! :lol: :lol: sorry heh heh couldn't help myself...just sounds like a really jacked-up walmart!

snailstreaks wrote:The walmart by me has the snails in a 5g minibow. Nothing in it except some bridgesii and a random cana.

I mean nothing... no food... no snail poop. As we all know with our lil snails.. what goes in comes out 2 fold.

The bettas are in TINY cups (they curl their tails to fit in.)

The thing is.... if you buy the critters to save them... the company just orders more. Many of thier fish they just dump in to the new tanks... and the fish go into shock. Or the way they are packed, they get too cold in transport.

All you can do is complain complain complain. The more the merrier.

PostPosted: Sat Oct 30, 2004 8:08 pm
by snailstreaks
LMAO!!!
They do have the tanks built into the wall... but the snails are kept seperately in a 5g minibow. Better that way I suppose... cause most of them are usually dead.

PostPosted: Sun Oct 31, 2004 12:30 am
by queenophelia
bluerattyrat wrote: Did I mention I sneak thier snails food? I almost got caught once but the lady at walmart was too dumb to know what happened (no offense to her) I gave them some crushed coral that had went through the blender to make all liquid and some high quality pellets. I just turned around before she could see what I had, threw more pellets in and ran off. Needless to say we are now freinds and she is better educated about snails. :lol:



I absolutely love the fact that you feed the snails at the store!!! What a wonderful thing to do!!!

PostPosted: Sun Oct 31, 2004 6:14 pm
by iTZKooPA
You should start demanding free food from them since you were feeding them. I am sure that would never happen but at least you got their pet lady more edumacated.

PostPosted: Thu Nov 18, 2004 3:37 am
by ittybittynickel
same horrible conditions for fish and snails at the Bellefontaine, OH
wal-mart. a little better, but not much at Lima, OH wal-mart.
ick in almost every tank - dead fish in almost every tank.
snails covered with algae.
disgusting!

PostPosted: Thu Nov 18, 2004 4:01 am
by Milky
The guy that mans the fish sectionat walmart thinks he is so knowledgeable in fish.. (he has a 29g after all)

the snails in the tanks are always dead i have yet to see a live snail at walmart...

But anyways as i was in the LFS today the guy who i always see in the pet area in walmart was in the LFS, askign about 7 billion questions and disputing every answer, he bought a apple snail (i feel sorry for it) and some other fish for his awquarium... i just thought it was funny ... cuz he was buying fish he couldve bought at walmart (except for the snail)

PostPosted: Sat Nov 20, 2004 1:43 am
by SnailTrail
I saw some in a LFS today.....all pea sized except for a larger one, I couldn't tell if it was dead or not. Some of the others were on the glass but most were on the gravel..mostly inactive and some empty shells :cry: The shells had quite a lot of shell erosion too.

I was quite surprised because I had bought my first two snails from them when they only bred them for food supply and they had lovely shells....no erosion at all.

PostPosted: Tue Nov 23, 2004 8:19 pm
by sandiegofishes
I love it when we can change the way a fish store cares for its critters. A couple of weeks ago I was in a fish store and was asking about their snails. The store owner was saying how they always die, crawl out onto the floor, etc. I gave him the "Speech" (LOL) on needing to feed them, and also why the big females crawl out.
He was very interested, and when I was done I saw him go take a large bag of algae wafers off his shelf, grab a big handful of wafers and put them in his snail tanks! YEAH! Another success story.
(He thought they only ate algae in the tanks, which by the way, there was no sign of, LOL)
Barb

PostPosted: Tue Nov 23, 2004 10:28 pm
by SnaiLuv81
Yeah, it's always a fulfilling feeling when it seems the lecture is getting through to someone! I told some employees at a PetSmart that wasn't my usual one, that the pest snails are bad for the apple snails, and they actually listened! they had also just taken the Brigs out of goldfish tanks, and put them in with the plants....no fish or anything in there, just a few planorbids-which they gave me for free when I bought 3 apples, who were in surprisingly good shape!
Unfortunately, I was at WalMart last night...they should call the fish section there, "Hall of Decaying Bettas"..... :err:

PostPosted: Tue Nov 23, 2004 11:11 pm
by Milky
There is a lady at my LFS that when ever i am in there and someone asks her a fish related question she turns around and asked me first, cuz she has heard my lectures given to many people ...



I am not beyond piping up and telling peopel (employees and other customers) about what is a better situation for their fish and stuff