stupid @$#%&* petco

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sorry about this but i just have to rant-made the mistake of going to petco and saw the plecos. about 10-15 in a 1'x1' tank-felt sorry for them and bought one-three days later it gets sick-one week later its dead. what a waste of fish life and my money.
every single fish i buy from the freaking place dies and gets all of my other fish sick-that's how i lost my 10 year old, foot long goldfish.
don't have the luxury of going to petsmart 'cause auburn alabama doesn't have one yet-closest one is in Columbus, GA, which is a 45min to 1hr drive away.
I WILL NEVER BUY FISH FROM F#@%$& PETCO AGAIN!!!!!
service is horrible-biggest bunch of ignorant, unhelpful, rude, slacker moronic blockheads i have ever seen in a store-their customer service SUCKS.
all their fish look either horrible, sick, or dead.
whew, sorry about that. any one else want to rant?
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Miss Nicki replied the topic: Re: stupid @$#%&* petco

I can get food cheaper at Petco than at Petsmart, and I would rather spend more money than step foot in that freaken store...

They ALWAYS have dead fish in their tanks.. And the last straw for me was going in there and seeing 5 baby Oscars (maybe an inch long. They were TINY) with HITH about 1/4 in deep.... It was the saddest thing I have ever seen!

I feel your frustration!
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auburnaquarist replied the topic: Re: stupid @$#%&* petco

only other fish store in town is a locally owned place called Tiger Pets (or maybe Pets Unleashed-dunno, they are always changing their name). Went in there once and it was great-all fish happy & healthy, as well as all of the other animals. The staff was helpful and can order you just about anything under the sun-they helped me get a pretty good filter for my tank when i needed a new one and my old one coughed its last. i even got a discount 'cause i'm at the AHS aquarium and he knows the teacher. only problem is they are really difficult to get to and really far away from my house...
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PiCkLeFiSh replied the topic: Re: stupid @$#%&* petco

I must just be lucky here where I am at. We have three really good places (locally owned) to get fish from. Any food or supplies I get through amazon, can't beat their prices and free shipping. I can understand your frustration.
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sharyn replied the topic: Re: stupid @$#%&* petco

Set yourself up a quarantine tank to keep new fish in for a couple of weeks before risking your beloved stock....
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jnet replied the topic: Re: stupid @$#%&* petco

I was unsure about buying fish from online but they seem to be very happy and healthy and the people selling them seem to know what they are selling and care about them. I dont have any petco here in the uK but we have pets at home they dont seem too bad but their tanks always have dead fish in them, they always have ich and so on. The people seem to have some knowledge atleast.

I really want to set up my own aquarium shop and sell mainly cichlids there just isnt anywhere near me that does this. Most the LFS have gone marine or reptile and seem to have lost their care and knowledge with it.

Is it petco that sells their betta in cups? I was horrified at this when I saw it on youtube.

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benmcfadden replied the topic: Re: stupid @$#%&* petco

Yes, pets at home is not the best. They only seem to stock community fish and there only advice is to buy meds whatever the issue. Maidenhead aquatics seems better to me and out local one stocks rays and all sorts of other unusual stuff.

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Motherlupin replied the topic: Re: stupid @$#%&* petco

i must have gotten lucky in our store theres a fish expert. he can expalin everythign and even on his days off you'll find him in there feeding, cleaning or just watching. but i do know what you mean the one we used to live by was like that but i think all chain stores are a hit and miss depends on the staff. like kahoots. the ones we usually go to theres 2 by us get some need fish in archers gar, neet things like them. under their last management they were doing great and they ahd several fish savvy people. well when those ppl quit they put 2 morons bak there and now fish are always dying.
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Motherlupin replied the topic: Re: stupid @$#%&* petco

jnet wrote:
Is it petco that sells their betta in cups? I was horrified at this when I saw it on youtube.


thats most petstores and even walmarts that have a fish section here int he us.
even the fish specialty store shave their bettas in cups. occasionally our petco will put a young betta in with some tetras or comunity fish. i even saw one in with cichlids one :unsure: that horrified me. but yeah thats a sad practice out here. i saw how they get shipped too very sad packed into styrafoam coolers :(
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JoTrow replied the topic: Re: stupid @$#%&* petco

:unsure: I seem to be having the same problem! Started with gold fish, dead a week later. Now I have a black Oscar in querintine, one that may have a tumor, and 3 Bala Sharks that I'm waitng to see what's going to be wrong with them! No one told me what all I needed to do, or the size of the tank I needed! There is always dead fish in the tanks! I will start going to the little shops. More expensive, but the fish are better taken care of!
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