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Old 01-16-2012, 10:39 PM   #11
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Originally Posted by laurelhed
How sad for the Common Plecos. They are such regal creatures. Honestly, they are my absolute favorite fish. And they are such driftwood potatoes when they get big...
LFS don't warn you about their size!! So they get mistreated a lot.

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Old 01-16-2012, 11:09 PM   #12
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LFS don't warn you about their size!! So they get mistreated a lot.
That sounds like Petsmart!
They never told me that leporinus fasciatus grows to a foot, and is a rabid plant eater. He was my first indoor fish, kind of want another one for the pond in the summer lol
My lfs on the other hand, tells you care info about the fish even if you don't ask, unless you're a regular or seem like you know about fishkeeping. First thing they do is ask tank size and how long the filters been running in the tank. If you don't meet the criteria, they will advise against the sale and void the return policy.
edit* and by void I mean no refund if it dies. They would take it back live for free!

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I do that too, and I work at Petsmart. It all depends on who you talk too.

Unfortunately alot of the people they hire at work dont know jack about animals and they have to learn on the go if they bother to learn at all. Im lucky... In my department we have a manger who has a degree in Marine Biology, I have a tech degree in Animal science, and nearly all of us have at least one aquarium!

Fish deserve time, effort and lots of care!!! Please don't impulse buy!

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