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post #101 of 111 Old 02-14-2014, 09:10 AM
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Honestly every time I walk into petsmart their are visibly sick fish. Half of them have ich, which will kill your fish if you do not treat it. The last two times I got fish from petsmart I have had to treat for ich. Petsmart can LOL all they want but the fact is that the 3-4 I've been to around my house all have disease and quality problems. Some have worse fish than others. I'm not sure why petsmart still sells them. I guess nobody cares enough. I used to be the type to add fish from petsmart without quarantining but now I'm not sure how anyone gets by like that without major problems. Petsmart can't inspect every single minnow. It's not like a dog or a cat, sadly nobody really cares if they sell sick fish. Do you think they care if their 10 cent fish are healthy?
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post #102 of 111 Old 02-14-2014, 09:11 AM Thread Starter
This was sort of funny, but, when we were at a Petsmart, a customer was almost to the point of arguing with the employee about putting two male Betta's in the same aquarium. The more the employee told the customer "it's not a good idea at all because they will fight and one will die", the customer wouldn't understand what the employee was telling her. All the customer could say is "no, that will not happen". I seen her go to the register with the male Betta in hand.

I asked the employee, "how often does that happen" and she said "more than you'd realize! Sometimes people just don't want to hear the words "no, I wouldn't do that" from us".
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post #103 of 111 Old 02-14-2014, 09:13 AM Thread Starter
Maybe there should be a thing called "Pet Store Check/Review" where a news person goes to pet stores and checks out things and reports back to the public on tv. We have that here with restaurants. Why not pet stores!

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Honestly every time I walk into petsmart their are visibly sick fish. Half of them have ich, which will kill your fish if you do not treat it. The last two times I got fish from petsmart I have had to treat for ich. Petsmart can LOL all they want but the fact is that the 3-4 I've been to around my house all have disease and quality problems. Some have worse fish than others. I'm not sure why petsmart still sells them. I guess nobody cares enough. I used to be the type to add fish from petsmart without quarantining but now I'm not sure how anyone gets by like that without major problems. Petsmart can't inspect every single minnow. It's not like a dog or a cat, sadly nobody really cares if they sell sick fish. Do you think they care if their 10 cent fish are healthy?
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post #104 of 111 Old 02-14-2014, 09:26 AM
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most of these fish have been in transit.sometimes they make a couple of trips before they get to your store.they have not been fed in a few days and temperature variations happen.this all contributes to a weaker stock that is either on deaths door,or weakened enough that disease can take hold.some of these fish are wild caught,so they fare the worst. the best day to buy fish is not the day that they get new stock in.a lot of theses fish are in shock from ammonia. our store gets its fish on fridays.i would wait 6 days and get the fish on thursday,the day before new stock arrives.the weak and most of the sick fish will either be dead or are being treated for disease and not for sale.what you have left to choose from are the healthiest of the remaining stock.
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post #105 of 111 Old 02-14-2014, 09:33 AM Thread Starter
Well, I can't vouch any of this, b/c I don't know. But, do understand what you are saying.

Unfortunately, with how popular the beauty of male Betta's are, waiting a week to buy one could be too late. It's very surprising at just how fast these fish are sold!


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most of these fish have been in transit.sometimes they make a couple of trips before they get to your store.they have not been fed in a few days and temperature variations happen.this all contributes to a weaker stock that is either on deaths door,or weakened enough that disease can take hold.some of these fish are wild caught,so they fare the worst. the best day to buy fish is not the day that they get new stock in.a lot of theses fish are in shock from ammonia. our store gets its fish on fridays.i would wait 6 days and get the fish on thursday,the day before new stock arrives.the weak and most of the sick fish will either be dead or are being treated for disease and not for sale.what you have left to choose from are the healthiest of the remaining stock.
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post #106 of 111 Old 02-14-2014, 09:49 AM Thread Starter
Was talking to my wife last night and, even thou I REALLY want a dog/puppy (young Shih Tzu), we might get another aquarium later. We have space for either another 5 gallon or 10 gallon one. Can't have more than two or bigger than a 10 gallon due to living in an apartment (not big, like a house). But, I was rather enjoying, as was my wife, watching the two Rosy Red's swim around in the hexagon aquarium.
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post #107 of 111 Old 02-14-2014, 09:52 AM
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a 15 gallon tall has the same footprint as a 10 gallon. just another option. my last post was considering other fish. get the betta on stocking day.

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post #108 of 111 Old 02-14-2014, 09:55 AM
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This goes back MANY, MANY years! Back in the mid 70's, my ex-wife had a descent size aquarium and had two Betta's in a small square plastic containers hung from the top edge of the aquarium. Guess they still sell those type of containers for housing Betta's on an aquarium for viewing in homes. I don't know why the such small quarters for them, but that's the way it is. I (personally) think that when people by a 5 gallon or bigger aquarium, they want to see more than one fish/Betta swimming around in it!
LOL! I think they were called, 'Betta Barracks'. Out of curiosity, how do they survive the rice paddies?

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Out of curiosity, how do they survive the rice paddies?

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post #110 of 111 Old 02-15-2014, 08:17 AM Thread Starter
Want to THANK everyone who replied to this Thread. I can be "hardheaded" (I blame it on age..LOL), but got some VERY GOOD advice/recommendations.

Have to admit, you guys are VERY GOOD at this "fish keeping" thing!

We are going with the 100% water change and Prime, 24 hrs later comes SafeStart and the BEAUTIFUL male Betta that we pick.

Well let you know how things progress.

Again, THANKS!!
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