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Do you buy fish from Petco or Petsmart?

Discussion in 'General Freshwater' started by Chrisk-K, Feb 17, 2010.

  1. Chrisk-K

    Chrisk-K Theodore P. Charles Fellow of AC

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    A reputable LFS is about 25 miles away, which means that a round trip would take 3+ hours (I hate driving in this East Coast metro area!).

    So, I've bought fish from Petco and Petsmart. So far I've been lucky - only one casualty. Whenever I visit either, however, I promise not to buy there because I usually see at least one dead fish in a tank.
     
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    I would go to the LFS...I would search around a little bit more for any other LFS....have you thought about buying your fish online??? If not there are many sites that have great fish!
     
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    Never have. I have good enough LFS's in the area.
     
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    Here generally petsmart is better than petco, in my experience. But I agree that a LFS is a much better choice.
     
  5. Mgamer20o0

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    nope i have far better options local.
     
  6. The Zigman

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    Not usually, but when the $1 tetra sale kicks in, I'll be in line to get all the cardinals I can get!
     
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    I believe all my fish are from petsmart.

    my girlfriend has 1 fish from petland, and 2 from walmart, her others were breed by me.

    Petco out here their selections suck.
     
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    I never buy fish from Petco or Petsmart because one of the best lfs in Michigan (Preuss Pets) is just a thirty minute drive from my house.
     
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    No. I have to drive 100 miles one way to get quality fish. I use to have a PetsMart before I moved but it was like buying from a Ich Store that sold fish on the side. Support a quality LFS if you can. I make a weekend trip to buy fish, drive down early on a Saturday Morning and bring back some new additions. If you know what your looking for call around first.
    Good Luck
     
  10. BettaFishMommy

    BettaFishMommy finkids make me happy :-)

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    i've bought a few fish from big box stores around here and had all of them go through qt and main tank life just fine with no issues. i still have the two albino cories i bought from big al's last july and the lil jewel cichlid i rescued from being lunch for a large jewel at petcetera ended up moving a good ways across the province i live in to be rehomed to a more suitable tank. far as i know he is still doing well. have a little red wagtail platy from a friend that got it at petsmart about 8 months ago. all my other fish have come from smaller mom & pop style stores and i much prefer buying from the little guy!

    you really do have to watch out buying from big box stores, and qt! qt! qt!!!!!!
     

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