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The wife just doesn't understand
Old 07-19-2010, 07:54 PM   #1
 
The wife just doesn't understand

why I refuse to purchase fish from branches like PetSmart and PetCo. I went there to look at supplies and to price a 55g combo set. While browsing through their fish I saw multiple fish with Ick and there was a tank with a couple dead fish. They had been dead so long they were decomposing. So I'm on the hunt for a good rep fish store in the Tucson area. If you know of any please let me know..

P.S. I wasn't sure where to post this, so I threw it here
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Old 07-19-2010, 08:08 PM   #2
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I think it all depends on who works in the department and who manages the store, my petsmart is pretty clean, in fact better then the local fish stores I've been to (not in your area)
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Old 07-19-2010, 08:12 PM   #3
 
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I think it all depends on who works in the department and who manages the store, my petsmart is pretty clean, in fact better then the local fish stores I've been to (not in your area)
Yea I was reading some posts and there were more references to Petsmart than I would have thought. I guess it's just cause I'm in Tucson lol. I actually went to Petco so I can't knock Petsmart I'll have to go there next and see how they keep their tanks.
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Old 07-19-2010, 08:13 PM   #4
 
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you may have better luck trying a search in google to find a store, and then either finding/reading online reviews or better yet, going and checking it out yourself.

just wanted to say welcome to the forum.
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Old 07-19-2010, 08:23 PM   #5
 
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you may have better luck trying a search in google to find a store, and then either finding/reading online reviews or better yet, going and checking it out yourself.

just wanted to say welcome to the forum.
Thanks for the welcome
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Old 07-20-2010, 05:36 AM   #6
 
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I found these for you:

http://www.yelp.com/biz/desert-pet-center-tucson

http://www.oasistropicalfish.com/Sal...oral_Page.html

The second store seems saltwater-focused but they may have freshwater stuff, too.
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Old 07-20-2010, 07:37 PM   #7
 
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I found these for you:

http://www.yelp.com/biz/desert-pet-center-tucson

http://www.oasistropicalfish.com/Sal...oral_Page.html

The second store seems saltwater-focused but they may have freshwater stuff, too.
Awesome you found a site for desertpet, I was trying to find one last night but couldn't. I saw the oasis site and also saw that they were more saltwater focused. Also, it is on the other side of town, not sure if its worth the trip just to see saltwater aquatics. I will definitely be looking at desertpet though!
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Old 07-20-2010, 09:33 PM   #8
 
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I was actually quite impressed with how clean the tanks looked at Petsmart but I wouldn't listen to anything the clerks tell you about which fish will get along with which other fish. I learned that the hard way and now have world war 3 going on in my tank. I wouldn't hesitate to buy fish from Petsmart again, I would just make darn sure that I left with the fish I studied and decided on before going.

As far as Petco goes, I avoid them like the plague. Dirty, sad and sick looking tanks. They do not stop abuse from happening to fish in their care. I find it appalling.

More importantly... Welcome to the forum!
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Old 07-20-2010, 09:49 PM   #9
 
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I was actually quite impressed with how clean the tanks looked at Petsmart but I wouldn't listen to anything the clerks tell you about which fish will get along with which other fish. I learned that the hard way and now have world war 3 going on in my tank. I wouldn't hesitate to buy fish from Petsmart again, I would just make darn sure that I left with the fish I studied and decided on before going.

As far as Petco goes, I avoid them like the plague. Dirty, sad and sick looking tanks. They do not stop abuse from happening to fish in their care. I find it appalling.

More importantly... Welcome to the forum!
Lol thanks for the response and the .... warm welcome!

On another note, I don't want to start another post so I will just ask my question here and hope i get some responses.

What is a good size tank to start out with? I don't want something to small that it will consume my weekends. But I don't want something so big people think that I'm the city aquarium. I'm thinking a 55 gal planted tank will be a good start. Once I get this question answered it will open a whole other list of questions lol
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Old 07-20-2010, 10:10 PM   #10
 
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Actually having some idea of what kind of fish you wish to house will better answer that question. I am fairly new as well and intended to start out with a 20 gallon tank. After a bit of research, I ended up with a 60 gallon tank. It can comfortably house some slightly larger fish or a school of smaller fish. It gives me more options. I think a 55 gallon is a good size tank and many folks here have that size. I think the dimensions of the tank also become important. Some fish need more swimming area so a longer tank works best. Some fish need a higher tank because of their build.

Any ideas of what you want in fish stock? Also, knowing what kind of water you have is helpful in deciding that. Putting all the information together so you can best decide what you need rather then buying something and regretting it. Another thought is live or fake plants. I recently changed all my fake plants in for real ones. Now, had I thought a little more about the changes that kept popping into my head when I started this whole thing, I would have saved money, time and headaches. ha ha
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