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Fish Rescue-Advantages and Disadvantages
Old 12-05-2008, 04:20 PM   #11
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I think the only time you should rescue a fish is when you demand that you get it for free or a very low price.
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Old 12-05-2008, 06:48 PM   #12
1. As many of you know, I work for PetSmart. Sometimes if a fish is sick, it is our fault (i.e.; something broke with our filtration system, or feeding, etc). Sometimes it is the condition the fish come into the store. I know that we recently switched distributors and the fish have been so much healthier.

2. COMPLAIN! Also, compliment when the store deserves it. I got a free lunch one day because I had a customer email corporate and compliment my good work. The more customer compliments I get/ the store gets the easier it is for me to get promotted. Then some day I can actually be influentual in store policys and procedures, thus resulting in better overall conditions.

3. NEVER buy anything from a store you don't feel is taking care of it's animals. Even getting hard goods will keep the company is business.
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Old 02-07-2009, 12:57 AM   #13
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yea i went to petco today and half of their plecos had spinal or fin deformities. Ever seen a pleco with dropsy? they look like quasimodo with fins. by petco standards this one offers pretty good service but i agree big corporate companies should improve the quality of their fish. It was a good facility though I think most of the time it is the distributor's fault for selling poor quality fish. a LFS a bit aways from where I live offers great service and great quality fish...the corporate companies need to raise their standards.
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Old 02-16-2009, 03:59 PM   #14
very cool, but its ok to rescue from other places. I rescued my betta from being flushed down the toilet after a cruel science experiment cuz he was so sick. He was the only fish out of hundreds who survived, and he wasn't expected to. I didn't send a penny on him. I think thats ok, correct?
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Old 02-16-2009, 06:24 PM   #15
IMO, I think it's best to buy a healthy fish at the petstore. I read on another forum where people were buying sick bettas because they wanted to rescue them from the horrible conditions they were in. Their hearts were in the right place but then they got very angry with the petstore when, after treating the fish for various diseases and putting it in its own heated, filtered tank, the fish still died. The petstore didn't force them to buy that sick betta. I DO understand wanting to help save a fish's life, though. I saved a betta from being flushed myself.
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Old 02-21-2009, 01:57 PM   #16
Ahh...the topic that I always think over every time I walk into a pet store and see half-dead bettas. I WANT to buy them all so bad, but my mind says no. I'd love to stop buying from chain stores altogether, but the only private place I've found was no better than the chain ones.

Here's some food for thought though. The Petco that we have is actually pretty good especially with the bettas which are all usually clean and healthy although they are still stressed and unhappy. Petsmart on the other hand - wow, I walked in there and EVERY tank was infested with ick and some sort of terrible fin/body rot. The betta cups were blue and filthy (uh duh, maybe you wouldn't need the methylene blue if you cleaned the cups!) and the bettas themselves looked half-dead. However, there was another post that said that it was the exact opposite scenario with those two stores in their area. So, even if I buy from the good Petco, aren't I still contributing to the bad branches of the store? And even if I rescue from Petsmart, aren't I still contributing to the good branches of the store? If you ask me it is a no win situation, so I guess I'll just have to open my own store lol! Realistically, I wish that I had a good lfs to give my business to. Just some food for thought concerning the entire chain store issue.

Rescueing from other sources is wonderful though. I myself have a sweet little betta that I rescued from a teacher at school, and if the situation arises again I would not hesitate to do the same again. Good for all of you who have rescued bettas from being flushed!
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Old 02-21-2009, 02:06 PM   #17
I will take any betta that needs a home. I don't want to see one flushed just because the owner got tired of it. Some people get them for their kids and the kids don't take care of it (my cousin's daughter) so the parents flush the fish. :( Its too easy to just flush them instead of trying to find them a good home. I just told my Mom that if something was to happen to me and I die before her, PLEASE do not flush my fish!!! Find them a home!! She said she would.
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Old 02-24-2009, 01:23 PM   #18
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I personally wouldnt rescue fish from any chain store, like another member said, its just promoting the bad fish rearing tactics to continue..........This is what i do when i walk into a NEW store (New to me).........I act completely stupid about fish..........See what they reccomend and how i should proceed with setting up a tank........I tried this at the only place in my town that sells fish (never bought there before)...I walked in there and told them i was thinking about getting a betta for my girlfriend, the employee tried to tell me a 3 gallon tank is more than large enough for a betta and 3 goldfish..........I played stupid and told him i would think about it.........I have never been back there to buy anything, not even feeder fish!.......The sad part is, there tanks didnt look that bad, but some of there combinations of fish together, just made me cry...........They had buenos aries tetras (Known fin nippers) in with small angelfish, adn some of the angels looked stressed, to say the least!
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Old 02-27-2009, 06:34 PM   #19
So where do you guys buy your fish? Unfortunately, all the stores around me are chain stores, and the only lfs was just as bad. There's one place that I have yet to visit that I have heard is good, but it's really far away. And with gas prices being high, and time being short it is hard to get anyone to drive me there - and I probably won't be wanting to go there every time I need a little something when I have my license because of the gas. I'm not sure there's anything I can do about my situation now, but hopefully when I'm on my own things will be different.

My dream is to open my own fish store when I'm retired. I'd breed all my own fish, and my tanks would be beautiful (of course I'd have perfected growing plants by then!). I'd have info sheets at every tank and corner, and hopefully it would attract a lot of people actually into the hobby who would then have a good place to buy from. I'd be happy doing that to keep my busy once I'm retired!
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Old 03-01-2009, 03:31 PM   #20
My only GOOD NICE fishstore doesn't sell bettas, which are usually the fish I am most concerned about!
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