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post #11 of 24 Old 01-06-2011, 12:10 AM
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the people at petsmart here are actually pretty decent, they have a cichlid lady who knows a lot of (correct) info on them.

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post #12 of 24 Old 01-06-2011, 01:31 AM
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i like to ask the ladys at my local petsmart questions about there fish just so i can correct them. i think its halarious. my girlfriend hates it tho.
I have done the same thing at petsmart. They usually have kids working in the fish area. After I saw them dropping fish on the floor and then putting them back in the tank I went to the manager. She said she didn't think that would be a problem as they always did that and no one ever complained.
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the people at petsmart here are actually pretty decent, they have a cichlid lady who knows a lot of (correct) info on them.
I wish mine knew things. Normally they can only tell me what the Fish ID cards say, and they literally pick the cards up and read them to me.

And when I first bought my tank I wanted to get a couple of fish to cycle it, and the lady tried to tell me that I didnt need fish to cycle a tank, just to set it up, wait a week, and then it would be cycled and I could put all the fish I want in it!! Yeah, right!!!

Even the Aquatics Dept Manager at mine has NO clue what he is talking about!! Tried to sell me tiny zebra danios as dither fish for my cichlid tank...after I explained to him what dither fish were!!! Didnt know what target fish were either.

And when I was considering buying a tortouise, they didnt even know how big the only breed they had got, checked the book on them and told me I was right when I knew more than they did!!!

I am telling you, some of us need to set up a booth at Petsmart (and other pet stores) like Lucy on Charlie Brown and charge just a nickle for good solid true information on the pets and care of animals sold!!! (I'd do it for free!)

*They call me, Amanda*
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post #14 of 24 Old 01-06-2011, 04:53 AM
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well at the risk of sounding like a Petsmart employee (which Im not) I'll ask. What is a dither fish and a target fish? I honestly don't know

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well at the risk of sounding like a Petsmart employee (which Im not) I'll ask. What is a dither fish and a target fish? I honestly don't know

Gina

Hey, that's what this place is for...learning!!! (I didnt know until I got into cichlids.)

Dither fish are schooling fish that are fast so they can out swim aggressive fish, and for the purpose of most cichlids are fairly large, a good example is giant danios. The dither fish allow the shy timid hiding fish to better know it is safe to come out of their hiding spots by the movement in the water the dither fish make. Basically, the hiding fish sence the schooling fish out swimming around and assume that it is safe to come out of the cave or hiding spot they are in.

Target fish are fish used to help divide aggression when a female cichlid fish isnt ready to spawn and the male is...which is kind of mean, and I havent used any because I dont breed.

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post #16 of 24 Old 01-06-2011, 07:57 AM
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Hmm my one pet store here(yes there really is only one, besides the big boxes) that carries Africans has each species set up in its own tank and has about 30 tanks in a row(basically a big long tank with dividers). Each has a little bit of terrain for them to hide in and they can clearly see their neighbors which helps. The bigger SA and Madagascar cichlids each have their own tank on the second level.

These guys know their stuff and are happy to tell you legitimate information if they know you know what you are doing. Otherwise one of the most common complaints is they arent very aggressive salespeople and dont come out from behind their desks. I talk to the owner who even more rarely comes out on the floor and the only way to do that is to get him talking about some exotic new fish no one else has seen and get him to proudly show it off. I like the hands-off approach, I hate going to stores and getting bugged by salespeople.

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I wish mine knew things. Normally they can only tell me what the Fish ID cards say, and they literally pick the cards up and read them to me.

And when I first bought my tank I wanted to get a couple of fish to cycle it, and the lady tried to tell me that I didnt need fish to cycle a tank, just to set it up, wait a week, and then it would be cycled and I could put all the fish I want in it!! Yeah, right!!!

Even the Aquatics Dept Manager at mine has NO clue what he is talking about!! Tried to sell me tiny zebra danios as dither fish for my cichlid tank...after I explained to him what dither fish were!!! Didnt know what target fish were either.

And when I was considering buying a tortouise, they didnt even know how big the only breed they had got, checked the book on them and told me I was right when I knew more than they did!!!

I am telling you, some of us need to set up a booth at Petsmart (and other pet stores) like Lucy on Charlie Brown and charge just a nickle for good solid true information on the pets and care of animals sold!!! (I'd do it for free!)
Wow, that sound really bad. Guess I'm pretty lucky!

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10 gallon fry / QT
-9 Elongatus kanchedza fry
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Hmm my one pet store here(yes there really is only one, besides the big boxes) that carries Africans has each species set up in its own tank and has about 30 tanks in a row(basically a big long tank with dividers). Each has a little bit of terrain for them to hide in and they can clearly see their neighbors which helps. The bigger SA and Madagascar cichlids each have their own tank on the second level.

These guys know their stuff and are happy to tell you legitimate information if they know you know what you are doing. Otherwise one of the most common complaints is they arent very aggressive salespeople and dont come out from behind their desks. I talk to the owner who even more rarely comes out on the floor and the only way to do that is to get him talking about some exotic new fish no one else has seen and get him to proudly show it off. I like the hands-off approach, I hate going to stores and getting bugged by salespeople.

I only have the bad experiance with the large chain pet stores (petsmart, petco). Here near Dallas, we have two really great specialty aquarium stores...both are privately owned, have great stock, non-pushy sales people, great prices, and also have truck fleets to service people's tanks if they want. They are pretty cool. When it comes time for me to get my more expensive fish, they are who I will be going to. And I got lucky and in my mailbox today got a 20% off any item coupon for my favorite of the two aquarium stores!! Yay me! lol

*They call me, Amanda*
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Wow, that sound really bad. Guess I'm pretty lucky!
When it comes to Petsmart and such, yeah, you are lucky! Thats why I prefer to buy fish I dont already know about from specialty aquarium stores in my city.

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post #20 of 24 Old 01-11-2011, 03:08 PM
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the people at petsmart here are actually pretty decent, they have a cichlid lady who knows a lot of (correct) info on them.

I'm going to pretend that you are talking about me cause I consider myself the "go-to" source for cichlid info at my store :)
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