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post #11 of 23 Old 09-29-2006, 01:25 PM Thread Starter
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mine gets theres from ohio and im in nj i dont no y they go that far out? eddie were do u live and were do u get your fish?
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post #12 of 23 Old 09-29-2006, 02:03 PM
I live in Arizona and I usually get my fish from PetSmart. I used to have a problem with them infecting my tank so I figured out that if you don't dump the whole bag of PetSmart water into your tank there are less problems. Float the bag, like Eddie said, but instead of letting the PetSmart water into your tank, use a net and scoop the fish out of the bag and into your tank. It might be slightly more shocking to the fish but atleast the whole tank doesn't get sick.
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post #13 of 23 Old 09-29-2006, 02:55 PM
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mine gets theres from ohio and im in nj i dont no y they go that far out? eddie were do u live and were do u get your fish?
It's been awhile since I bought fish from Petsmart. The last time I bought them was when I bought my angels, clown loaches, and harlequin rasboras. I never really knew where they come from. I'm assuming Ohio too, since it's 2 states over, but I'll check the next time I go over there.
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post #14 of 23 Old 09-29-2006, 03:00 PM
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I haven't had a problem with any types except for Oscars. A friend has also had troubles with Petsmart oscars. We have each lost one due to the same infections, fortunately my current oscar from petsmart is doing VERY well! I haev had good luck with other fish though, Blood Parrot Cichlids, Corys, Clown Loaches, et cetera.
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post #15 of 23 Old 09-29-2006, 05:11 PM Thread Starter
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ive never put the water in there i all ways take it out with a net
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post #16 of 23 Old 10-03-2006, 12:18 PM
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all of petsmarts fishtanks are connected through one single water system, so it makes it more likely that all their fish have been introduced to sickness, especially if they get one in thats sick already. youhave to be very careful when purchasing from them, make sure you take ample time to examine the fish you want to make sure it has no spots, ragged fins, etc. and dont be afraid to pick your fish out and tell them that you want a particular fish.

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post #17 of 23 Old 10-03-2006, 07:00 PM
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make sure you take ample time to examine the fish you want to make sure it has no spots, ragged fins, etc. and dont be afraid to pick your fish out and tell them that you want a particular fish.
I'm bad at this, and really need to start doing this a lot more. I have been jipped of fish because I don't count, and I've gotten some not so good looking fish as well. I even got 2 platies and a guppy, when I just wanted the platies. I guess I feel bad, cause usually the people getting the fish are young, probably not making much and probably don't even know better? I feel bad to double check. But I really need to do that. This is most common with the LFS that I frequent the most, is probably the largest, but generally appears to have good quality or what I feel are "happy fish".

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post #18 of 23 Old 10-03-2006, 07:21 PM Thread Starter
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every things fine now. they probly hate me there i take to pick the fish so i no it wasn't that. but thnx
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post #19 of 23 Old 10-06-2006, 01:53 AM
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I work part time at a petsmart, and yes, the tanks are all on one big system. I am also honest with people when they choose a fish that obviously has ick or something else . But, yeah, float the bag, but net the fish out of the bag before you add it to your tank. (and yes, much of the staff are young people, and I presently work with a girl who doesn't even own an aquarium! The store provides no training whatsoever; i work there because I like it and I have had every kind of pet, from goldfish to horses, so hopefully I can assist people with questions. :)

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post #20 of 23 Old 10-26-2006, 05:05 PM
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generally, people at PS or PC don't care about the fish. I recently went to my local PS and the person in charge just threw in vacation feeders so he wouldn't have to feed them all twice every day.
well he must have forgotten the baby oscar tank, because almost all of them, save one or two, were just floating around with extremely sunken stomachs!
their medium sized angelfish have fins that are only about an inch long...
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