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Fish Store Pet Peeves
Old 07-15-2009, 06:28 PM   #11
Betta cups, wrong info, TINY tanks (like half a gallon and less) made for goldfish and bettas, sick fish, overstocked tanks, rude workers, and thats about all I can think of right now...
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Old 07-15-2009, 07:06 PM   #12
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What type of meds and products do you see typically missing?
I can't speak for the rest but the following meds are vital even if they're not for emergency cases and often are available only in livestock stores, etc. And some meds are restricted in some countries per the laws unless used properly.

Organophosphates (masoten, neguvon, dylox, trichlorfon)
Anchorworms, ergasilus, fish lice, fish leech, gill flukes, skin flukes

Skin and gill flukes

Maracyn and Maracyn2, Furan, Acriflavine
Aeromonas and Pseudomonas (all bacterial infections such as columnaris and hemorrhagic septicemia)

Levamisole hydrochloride (not base levamisole), Fenbendazole, Flubendazole
Camallanus infestations and other internal parasites

Clove Oil
As anesthetic for surgeries

I might add that the use of salt be clarified because many people believe in this junk aquarium salt that can be substituted by the cheaper alternative table salt. They do not need this along with Melafix and Pimafix, both of which can be substituted again by clean water. I use salt only for ich cases, nothing else. If ich cases are persistent, resort to formalin or malachite green. For scaleless fish, dose malachite green by half and with all ich treatments, treatment should stick for 14 days as minimum to eliminate all protozoans. And then formalin depletes oxygen so this must be addressed with vigorous aeration.

And as a side note, fungal infections rarely happen. If they do, use Maroxy or Jungle Fungus Clear. Applying mercurochrome on the fungal wound also helps but fungal infections rarely happens anyway and often mistaken for bacterial infection.

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Old 07-21-2009, 08:16 PM   #13
I always feel like there is a lack of variety in some stores, I went into a pet store once and they had a TON of tropicals but very little chiclids and goldfish ):
and not to mention the lack of aquarium decor, I like mine to look snazzy, thank-you.
Also, I always feel sad, and a little grossed out, whenever I see the dead feeder fish in the tanks
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Old 07-21-2009, 08:23 PM   #14
Betta cups stacked on shelves and you have to pull all of them off the shelves to look at the ones that are way in the back.
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Old 07-21-2009, 08:32 PM   #15
Not having frag tanks.

Overpriced fish.

Overpriced corals that suck.

Full grown tangs in anything but show tanks.

Tanks or sale where they put the confetti on the bottom and the tackiest decorations with it.
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Old 07-22-2009, 06:07 PM   #16
Bettas in those tiny doom cups.
Unadequate fish knowledge.
Overstocked feeder fish tanks.
Full grown Oscars in 20 gallon tanks.
OUTRAGEOUS prices on crappy items.
Bowls/tanks sold for golfish and bettas that are MUCH too small.
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Old 07-22-2009, 06:07 PM   #17
Very limited filter choice.
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Old 07-22-2009, 10:19 PM   #18
Oh dont get me started i dont want to run on and on about this, so ill make it simple:
I used to love visiting a local fish store, that was ofcourse before I started realizing how sad the fish's lives were... They overstock tanks by putting about 20-30 guppies in a 10 gallon tank. SOmeone else mentioned this but the dead fish, it just totally ruins the experience, complete turn-off because first thing that goes through your head is "if i buy a fish here its going to be sick and is going to bring home a disease and not only kill my other fish but also die and cause heartache:( ANother thing those betta cups, thats just cruel! Its so sad, they should be in atleast 3/4 th gallon tanks. What else?.... oh of course have experienced employees, it makes all the difference, one time i was at a petstore and while there giving me the fish they drop the bag and they hand the bag over as if i was going to take this now traumatized fish home! Anyway, you know what just use common sense, what you think isnt right dont do it, or better if you want to see for your self just go to a few pet stores and youll see whats wrong...

And I thank You so much for caring about the complaints and seeing what people want and not making it "standard"

You should be very proud of yourself
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