So if any of you read mx. Recent posts, about three days ago I bough two female guppies (to better even out my ratio) they appeared fine. Except that they both (and every other female in the tank) had ripped up tails... I thought this was very unusual but was assured by a store employee that it was just because the fish tend to get nippy during transport. I also asked if there was any medication or vitamins we should add that would help them grow back faster or make sure they don't get an infection. She said that it wasn't needed, so I bought two beautiful guppies and went home.
The next night one of the new ones had died. Right before she died she had a white, cotton like fungus growing on the tip of her body and her tail was completely gone. Anyway after she died sometime during the day two more fish died from my tank (the other new fish and one I've had for a while).
Every fish I've bought so far from petsmart has died. Twice they dragged a couple other fish down with them.
Does anyone else have experience like this (or perhaps the other way around?)
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Is confused did these fish come from pet-smart or petco? One of the things you can do when you bring home new fish is add something called "Melafix" to the tank. It won't hurt your old fish, or your plants or your bacteria colony. It will however act as a preventative and help any fish that are already under the weather.
That said I've only had problems once with pet-smart fish and since then I learn to ask questions. Find out when they get their shipment, and don't get fish fresh from the shipping. They have yet to go through the preventative medication long enough to be safer to bring home.
I brought 17 rasboras home from a pet-smart and it's doing fine. That's also where my Betta came from, and my two senegalus when they were just babies.
I've gone to both petsmart and petco. Never had a problem with petco fish. All live quite fruitful lives and I've never had a single death.
Petsmart on the other hand.... I've never had a fish survive. If I think back to all the fish I've had. Every one of the fish I've bought from petsmart have died, which sucks because I love petsmart. I now only get supplies there.
SanguineFox all my fish that died have come from petco. 2 of them were bristle nose plecos. I don't blame the store for those because I believe they most likely died due to the fact that my tank is rather new so I have very little algae growth. At that petco fish seemed healthy. I saw very little if any sick or dead fish in the tank. One of the employees really knew what he was talking about as well. I'm not saying the petcos are bad (some are pretty decent) I just think it is ironic that every fish I bought from petco died and all my fish from petsmart (minus one who was dragged down by an introduced fungus) are still alive and thriving.
I think it's interesting how much the stores vary in how good the customer service is and the knowledge of employees is, depending upon your location :) I know I've always thought of petco as cheaper and not as well maintained alternative to petsmart. Now I have pet store not too far from me called Aquarium guy fish and pet store (or something Along those lines) the fish looked pretty healthy and were in decent sized tanks without being very overcrowded. Next time I'm in the area I'll have to check them out and see if they have any guppies or bristle nose plecos that I'd like to buy.
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Bags floating in tanks that had not been opened in what looks like weeks, stuffed with poop and dead fish, and yellow brown water. Saw an expensive and rare salt water fish that had been dumped into a fresh water set up that had comets in it. Eel was gasping for breath dying...it was disgusting.
The other one was not much better. Most fish gasping for breath, many dead, signs of dropsy and ich. It was terrible. The local one is better than those two but I just...cannot bring myself to buy fish from there. Or anything from that matter.
Both Pet-smarts that I go to here are much better with usually very healthy fish. Good selection, generally knowledgeable staff. Sometimes you get people who don't know what they are talking about but that's why you do some research yourself.
Yeah. I remember going to petco as a kid even before I got into fish at all, and i never really liked it. i had always thought it to be the cheaper and crappier version of petsmart. I agree the few Petco's i've been to near my house here in MN although they have had fish that they didn't have at petsmart, there were dead fish in just about every tank, saw a couple of guppies with crooked backs, a tank full of fancy guppies, all of which had messed up tails, etc.
For me buying from either one is like playing Russian Roulette . Now Iv'e found in the next town over a locally owned fish store. He cares for his fish daily , won't sell fish if they're not healthy and takes my excess fry. Never will I buy fish from a chain again. I'm currently battling gill flukes I got from snails on plants from Petco.
Oh. I wish I could find a good LFS. The only one I can think of nearby is Fish Guy fish and pet supply. I went in there today hoping to find some healthy guppies, or a bristlenose pleco, but it seemed they were all out of guppies. although I overheard one of the employees talking to a customer (the customer was buying what looked like a little algae eater) and he really seemed to know what he was talking about. all the fish seemed healthy, and they had fish i hadn't seen before. They just didn't happen to have the ones i was looking for :)
oh cool! I guess these guys probably could order some for me. Otherwise they had some bushynose plecos. Are these similar in size to bristnoses? (i couldn't get a look at them in the tank so i'm not sure what sizes they had.)
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