03-17-2012, 05:32 PM
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Originally Posted by Wattser93
Their cards are a joke though at times. They don't make any mention of needing to keep in groups of 6 or more for shoaling fish, they don't mention that some species should not be kept with multiple males. They list the Bala Shark as a fish that's appropriate for a 55g tank, when in reality, a proper shoal requires a 6ft long tank (at minimum, 8ft is better) or more to house the 5 or more that's generally needed, they list the common Pleco as a 30g minimum tank, a full grown Pleco can't turn around in a 30g tank let alone live. They need to give honest cards with accurate information, the Black Ghost Knife carries no mention of needing a dark substrate, a tank that's wider than their maximum lank, or a good hiding spot for it. They're better than Petco, and if you know what you're buying and do your research, there's nothing wrong with Petsmart. But they don't serve as a great information resource like a good LFS can be.
One of my local Petsmarts has a good fish section and knowledgeable employees, the other would just as soon sell 20 fish to a guy that just bought a 10g tank and tell him to add the fish are soon as he gets home. It really comes down to the individual Petsmart and the employees. Thankfully a LFS opened up that carries a better selection and better equipment where I can go for my more advanced fish needs.
I do agree that they do not contain all information. They do carry some though, and it is also a consumer responsibility to do your research. If you are buying an animal research it before you bring it home. You can't always rely on any store to have all the information. Even if they should have it they won't always have it so...research research reasearh :3