06-17-2010, 11:32 AM
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Originally Posted by Byron
I do wish people who work in these stores would refer to books or those who know about fish species before commenting. No wonder people's fish pine away and die and they come back for more.
Sometimes I think that's the plan by the retail stores. It keeps you coming back for more and spending yet more dollars in their stores. I was in a local pet store yesterday (not a chain but a mom & pop dog, cat, bird and fish store). They had two inch red belly pacus for sale in a tank. I pointed to them and the saleswoman said, "Oh, they require a 55 when full grown". I informed her that even a 100gl would be too small for these fish at adult size, and that they are known as "tank busters". Then she said, "Well, come over here and look at these pretty cichlids". They were small parrot fish, dyed in pastels to look like an Easter basket. "Aren't these so cute?" she says. I very nicely informed her that they were a man made fish, a Severum/ Red Devil hybrid, and that those colors were the result of a dye job and not natural. The boyfriend grabbed my hand and said, "Let's go" and as we walked out of the store he said, "Why must you be such a know-it-all?". I made no friends that day. Oh well.