Fish Welfare

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  1. Faust

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    I have just stumbled into the local pet shop in Secunda. Like all small town pet shops, their main focus is on the land loving creatures. The first time I set foot into the place, I was quite shocked. EVERY tank had 2 or more dead fish in it and beta splendens being kept in plastic jars, 50% of them floaters. When I spoke to the care takers, it was apparent that they did not have a clue...

    Imagine a whole tank of clown loaches (~8) and they all die, from a business point of view that would make the guy doing the books lift a brow right? Aside from not supporting them, is there something the general public can do to stop this bad practice? Will the SPCA investigate or is a LPS small fry?
     
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  3. Donny

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    Get the owners phone number, offer to clean the tanks for them. take fish out the dead fish and through them away, give present care takers a lesson in fish keeping 101 .
     
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    Faust

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    I have tanks of my own? Why will I offer my services, my current job pays enough thank you...The onus of keeping a healthy environment for livestock lies with the owner, not its customer.
     
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    Fair enough maybe the care takers dont have a clue what they are doing thats why i also said get owners number.
     
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    You can complain to the SPCA. It is their duty to make sure that all animals are well looked after. Good luck.
     
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    Even better i would phone the spca while i was standing in the shop.
     
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    sometime the pet shop recieves bad stock. Its difficult for the shop staff to care for poor fish supplied to them. They don't know much
     
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    lol, it seems you havent visited petmasters in pta yet... only 2 fish dead per tank, pshaw, thats nothing compared...

    but their problem, i think, is the tanks have no filtration mediums at all
     
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    Well, I made a trip to Boksburg and visited three shops. Of those three shops I would highly recommend Exotic Aquariums and Pets. No dead fish, alright plant health (albeit small selection) and their expanded marine section is AWESOME. I will definitely support them in the future. 130 km drive is nothing if I know that I am getting healthy live stock.

    Best way to influence a bad shop is to hit it where it hurts, don't support them anymore. And yes, I gladly give away R500 when I am shopping at a LFS, so it will have an impact. Further than that, word of mouth should be a good deterrent.
     

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