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Old 01-04-2015, 09:59 PM   #1
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Before you buy just any cool fish at the store, read this

So, you may have a fish in mind, you may be looking at this thread for fun, but anyways, let's get down to the facts.So, when you see a cool new fish at the store, don't impulse buy it, reasearch, either go home and look it up online, or use a phone at the store, Always reasearch before you buy.


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Old 01-04-2015, 10:07 PM   #2
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So, you may have a fish in mind, you may be looking at this thread for fun, but anyways, let's get down to the facts.So, when you see a cool new fish at the store, don't impulse buy it, reasearch, either go home and look it up online, or use a phone at the store, Always reasearch before you buy.


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This also goes goes for buying someone a fish as a present. Better to give them a store gift certificate than a bad choice for their tank.
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Old 01-04-2015, 10:29 PM   #3
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This also goes goes for buying someone a fish as a present. Better to give them a store gift certificate than a bad choice for their tank.

Agree with the present thing almost ended up with a discus......luckily they did research on discus. I ended up with what I wanted too, a Betta.
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Old 01-04-2015, 10:40 PM   #4
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Today I saw what I can only assume was an example of an impulse buy. There was a 55 gallon tank at my lfs and in it was a fahaka puffer maybe 10 inches long or longer. The store takes in any fish which is good but it enforces the idea of impulse purchases. I've spent hours at my lfs choosing fish much to the dismay of my family.

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Old 01-04-2015, 11:14 PM   #5
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Agree with the present thing almost ended up with a discus......luckily they did research on discus. I ended up with what I wanted too, a Betta.
I can't tell you how many times while I was working in a retail pet shop that people would get annoyed with me when I wouldn't sell them a fish for someone else's tank. I would explain all the cons vs pros of the "surprise" which lessened the blow but still....... then again, I did get a number of THANK YOUs from people bringing in the gift certificates knowing that I helped avoid an embarrassing or dreadful situation. I guess that's a wash.
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I would have to agree with this post and all the comments. Giving some one a living thing as a surprise is never a good idea. Gift certificates are the way to go these days.
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With the experience I have had at my local pet stores, I agree 100%. always always research thoroughly before you buy a pet, whether it's a gift or not. Even though they have a tag that says "pet smart" on it, it does not always mean what they are telling you is true. Most of the time, their main goal is to sell products, not find good homes for their animals, whether it's fish or reptiles.
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When I worked at Petsmart I got reported to my store manager for refusing to sell a Bala Shark to a lady with a 10g. I had explained it needed a larger tank and at least a few friends.

She changed her story and tried to say she had a 50g as well. Manager backed me up.

We'd had so many baby Balas returned Dead from getting spooked in a 10g and ramming the sides and dying. I was sick of it.


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When I worked at Petsmart I got reported to my store manager for refusing to sell a Bala Shark to a lady with a 10g. I had explained it needed a larger tank and at least a few friends.

She changed her story and tried to say she had a 50g as well. Manager backed me up.

We'd had so many baby Balas returned Dead from getting spooked in a 10g and ramming the sides and dying. I was sick of it.


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That's horrible! I'm glad you and the manager stuck up for the fish! Too bad more stores aren't like that.
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It's unbelievable how many stores I still see selling fish unsuitable for captive life due to impulse purchases on a massive scale. Fish like Bala sharks, iridescent sharks, red tail cats, and pacus in my opinion are best left on public aquariums or the wild. I understand that people mat be dedicated to monster fish but really it's wrong to simply sell someone a small fish without a disclaimer or by giving them false information. I hope this thread gets more attention as I feel impulse buys hurt not only the fish but also the ecosystem and the hobby when people release tank busting species into the wild.

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