Just come back from Pets at Home, and I saw - not one, but TWO shoaling fish that were on their own. One was a female cherry barb in a tank with cories and tets, while the other was a Rummy Nosed Tetra that was in a tank with Hatchet fish and Royal Ram Cichlids. At first, I though they were fish left behind when the rest of the shoal have been sold on, but there were other tanks with cherries and Rummy Nosed Tetra in.
Not only that, but standing in front of the tank tanks with the plants in them, I watched in horror as a young family stopped in front of a tank with Pentazona barbs in. The mother casually lifted the lid of the tank, picked up the net - and used it to lift 2 barbs clean out of the water! The staff stood by and done nothing!! Watching this, her son wanted to copy Mummy!
The woman obviously has NO regard for the fish - and apparently encouraged it in her son! Her husband must have seen the look I cast them (pretty feeble I know but all I could do without strangling the woman in front of her son) and hurried his family on before I had a chance to say anything.
But that tet has really pulled at my sympathy nerve. I'm half tempted to go and get it - along with some of its own kind. Poor fish couldn't even hide because it had cichlids on every side guarding every hiding place.
Re: Thinking about going on another Rescue Mission
So hard to keep quiet at times isn't it instead of buying all the sad fish "so you end up with a shop full of your own" you could suggest to the staff that this fish would be happier in with the other tank full etc, as I did a while back when I noticed a load of young algae eaters/sucking loaches in with 2 large fancy goldfish and they where harassing and pecking at the fishes fins so mentioned it to the bloke there and he moved the two fancies into another tank