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Yeah.. and at the time I don't think they had any room really. Plus, they are like a mile down the road from the ...
Yeah.. and at the time I don't think they had any room really. Plus, they are like a mile down the road from the local store who does take them and sometimes gives store credit. I just stopped in at petco first to see if I could maybe, just maybe get a refund. Posted via Mobile Device
Double-checked with my local store here in MD, they won't take anything that isn't sent in through their corporate breeders. The manager said that some of the bigger PetCo stores are equipped with a special QT area that allows them to take in 'strays' from their customers, but many of the smaller shops (like mine) don't have enough space to keep them/treat them in QT until they are ready to be sold. . .
Bummer that they won't take any fry that I may have eventually, but good to know that they DO keep them in QT for a time before selling them. I'd be upset if I brought someone else's sick fishy home!
It is common that a lot of chain stores do not have room for taking back fry. They have a high turnover of fish and keeping a tank full of baby fish for potentially a year before they can be sold is not good business for them, they could sell the tank space several times over while caring for fry. It can also be a real pain as many use central filtration systems such as massive wet/dry, if fry get accidentally sucked into that it can cause enormous problems for the tanks hooked up to the system.
Another option is to look at local clubs in your area, join them and then possibly sell the fry at auctions or swap meets, not only can it be a good source of income if you provide good quality fish, it is a great place to meet new people as well.