the following is word for word a letter I sent to petco this morning. As a general rule, i don't buy fish from petco but i will purchase food or decor from there quite often.
"I am the owner of many aquatic pets, who happens to shop at petco regularly. I was absolutely appalled at the condition of the aquatic department in this store i just visited. I witnessed deplorable conditions in almost every display tank. What i saw was so shocking- it could be considered animal cruelty. nearly every tank was full of algae- coating the glass so badly in some areas I couldn't even see the inhabitants. there was also hair algae in about half of the tanks, one of the tanks had an infestation of white bugs. many of them were mis-labled. and to top it all off- one tank which housed "black mollies"- had two dead adult fish, and some small living fry. not only where the fish dead, they were MOLDED and decaying.
this shows not only recent neglect, but severe long term neglect. i wouldn't have bought a single fish in that store. many of them looked pale and unwell. This just disgusted me. I have been in several other petcos, and have not every seen anything quite this bad. I will be posting this and telling this story to all fish keepers and pet owners I know, and I sincerely hope- for the animals sake, that drastic measures be taken to correct this situation. Thank you for your time."
what is not in this letter, is that also, they had not one but FIVE display tanks selling chinese algae eaters for $1... also when i asked to speak to the manager, he kept insisting that their aquatics person called in sick the previous day- which is a cop out, cause it didn't get that nelgected over night!! grrrrr. never going to petco again!