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Old 10-12-2011, 09:35 AM   #1
 
sad sad petco

i was just at the local petco to get more food for my fish, and of course i had to look at what they have as far as fish today. they made me rather sad. three tanks had several fish with tattered tails, not sure if there is a really aggressive nipper in the tank or if it is fin rot. they also had what i believe to be some form of tetra and some fancy mollies in with their goldfish. and in their big tank (for large fish and plants, i think) they had angle fish, goldfish, some kinds of cichlids, and i don't know what else. and they had one tank with a poor lonely emerald cat all by itself.

of course, they also had several tanks that, while over stocked and not necessarily the best combinations of fish, looked just fine. you can't really hold the stocking of the tanks against them, since they plan on such fast turn around on the fish. it just reminds me that i have to look at the tanks very closely before decided what to get there.

they also had the smallest tiger barbs i've ever seen, maybe half the size that mine were when i got them (from the same store). very cute, but so tiny . too bad they don't stay that way, that could be fun.
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Old 10-13-2011, 01:32 PM   #2
 
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i was just at the local petco to get more food for my fish, and of course i had to look at what they have as far as fish today. they made me rather sad. three tanks had several fish with tattered tails, not sure if there is a really aggressive nipper in the tank or if it is fin rot. they also had what i believe to be some form of tetra and some fancy mollies in with their goldfish. and in their big tank (for large fish and plants, i think) they had angle fish, goldfish, some kinds of cichlids, and i don't know what else. and they had one tank with a poor lonely emerald cat all by itself.

of course, they also had several tanks that, while over stocked and not necessarily the best combinations of fish, looked just fine. you can't really hold the stocking of the tanks against them, since they plan on such fast turn around on the fish. it just reminds me that i have to look at the tanks very closely before decided what to get there.

they also had the smallest tiger barbs i've ever seen, maybe half the size that mine were when i got them (from the same store). very cute, but so tiny . too bad they don't stay that way, that could be fun.
Petco is known for these types of things. Thats why i try to stay away from it as much as possible :p
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Old 10-13-2011, 01:34 PM   #3
 
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Petco is known for these types of things. Thats why i try to stay away from it as much as possible :p
unfortunately, i don't have many options. there's one small LFS, but the people there are useless. when all of my fish were dying, they tested my water for me, told me it was fine, and didn't care that i didn't know why my fish were dying. and they had a surprising number of dead fish in their tanks every time i was in there. at least at petco i don't expect knowledgeable people so i won't be disappointed.
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Old 10-13-2011, 03:11 PM   #4
 
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unfortunately, i don't have many options. there's one small LFS, but the people there are useless. when all of my fish were dying, they tested my water for me, told me it was fine, and didn't care that i didn't know why my fish were dying. and they had a surprising number of dead fish in their tanks every time i was in there. at least at petco i don't expect knowledgeable people so i won't be disappointed.
Lol thats a good strategy. Thats the sad part of this hobby. There are those certain LFS who are in it for the money instead of a love for the hobby. Wow I cant believe that, i'm sorry if the ignorant LFS caused any of your fish to die. You would honestly be better off asking people on here for advice by posting pictures and telling us your water parameters.
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Old 10-13-2011, 08:08 PM   #5
 
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I'm always so disappointed to see the fish area when I walk into PetCo. I went in there today to buy ich medicine, since it's conveniently located next door to the Target I was shopping at. Not surprised at all to see everything they had to be 2x as expensive than PetSmart. Of course I looked at the tanks, and was just about to buy a Sunset Fire Platy when I noticed Ich spots on one of the tails. They also had a number of Cremesicle Mollies in a tank with a baby cichlid. I've been trying to get a cremesicle for so long, and they were on sale, I couldn't resist. Let's hope I don't regret that decision. It's just sad because the entire store is brightly lit but when you get to the fish section, its in the corner, gloomy and dark. More than half the tanks had cloudy water and rotting plants. Luckily the Molly tank looked pretty clean, and this female I picked is absolutely gorgeous :) Other than today, I always avoid PetCo.
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Old 10-14-2011, 08:22 AM   #6
 
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I'm always so disappointed to see the fish area when I walk into PetCo. I went in there today to buy ich medicine, since it's conveniently located next door to the Target I was shopping at. Not surprised at all to see everything they had to be 2x as expensive than PetSmart. Of course I looked at the tanks, and was just about to buy a Sunset Fire Platy when I noticed Ich spots on one of the tails. They also had a number of Cremesicle Mollies in a tank with a baby cichlid. I've been trying to get a cremesicle for so long, and they were on sale, I couldn't resist. Let's hope I don't regret that decision. It's just sad because the entire store is brightly lit but when you get to the fish section, its in the corner, gloomy and dark. More than half the tanks had cloudy water and rotting plants. Luckily the Molly tank looked pretty clean, and this female I picked is absolutely gorgeous :) Other than today, I always avoid PetCo.
that sounds a lot worse than the one here. it is always a little dark, but the tanks (accept the big one they have for the fish they really want to get rid of and plants) are clean. i don't know where the nearest petsmart is, but i may need to see if there is one. could be worth looking into.
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Old 10-14-2011, 08:30 AM   #7
 
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Lol thats a good strategy. Thats the sad part of this hobby. There are those certain LFS who are in it for the money instead of a love for the hobby. Wow I cant believe that, i'm sorry if the ignorant LFS caused any of your fish to die. You would honestly be better off asking people on here for advice by posting pictures and telling us your water parameters.
unfortuntately i didn't find this place until it was too late. people here have been wonderfully helpful in my second attempt, though, which has only resulted in three deaths, one 2 days after purchase, one euthanized (never have 4 tiger barbs, it won't end well) and one that may or may not have been preventable (female swordtail got sick, no sure with what, didn't make it). i am sure that my remaining fish are far better off because of the help i've gotten here.
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Old 10-14-2011, 11:34 AM   #8
 
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It's always sad losing a fish so soon after you bought it, it makes you think "what did I do wrong?!" I'm on my second attempt at a Gold Dust Molly from my LFS (first one died after giving birth) and I don't know what it is, but these fish seem so nice and perky at the store and then when I get them home they start acting different. ONLY these types of mollies though. Wondering if the store owner just got a bad batch of them, or if our water parameters are completely different. After everything I've always heard about PetCo and PetSmart, I'm thankful I have at least 2 employees at PetSmart who really know what they're talking about, so I make sure to go there on the days those people are working. I noticed my PetSmart takes good care of their fish, too. I've heard so many horror stories...but PetCo, absolutely dreadful. And PetCo has less of a selection and they're twice the price! A bottle of Melafix at my PetCo was about 8 dollars, versus only 4 or 5 at PetSmart
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Old 10-14-2011, 11:37 AM   #9
 
when i have a fish die shortly after getting it, i don't usually feel too bad. a lot of the time, it is nothing i did wrong (especially when the others i got with it are still alive and well) and there was probably nothing i could have done for it. it is when they die two weeks after getting them that it bothers me, when it isn't likely to be something from the store or too much stress with the change of tanks. i really don't like having no idea why my fish died.
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Old 10-14-2011, 12:21 PM   #10
 
Thats always the hardest but just remember you tried your best to keep it alive
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