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Old 03-26-2014, 01:08 AM   #71
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Dagnabbit....really? I hateeeeee retroactively learning things We...keep ours in with live plants? Do we have an oddball?
Maybe. Or maybe you have a differnet species or tough plants. I kept one with thick stemmy plants and it was fine but in a well aquascaped setup with delicate plants I wouldnt try it lol
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Old 03-26-2014, 01:49 AM   #72
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0_0 Yikes! We don't actually carry crayfish - but they do "hitch a ride" once in a great while with the shipments of feeder goldfish. We keep one as a pet, and he's very popular. We had another come in about two weeks ago, and adopted him out - I heard my coworker warn them about their feeding habits and the person assured us he would be in a planted tank alone. Wish we could have warned you too
They really are quite vicious and while it may amusing to watch them try and fail at catching your fish once and awhile when I got a Cory cat to help clean up since lazy bum wasn't doing his job and the next night after turning on the lights to find the poor little guy in his jaws I really felt bad. It also helped but into perspective that my other fish were probably terrified. I miss their oddballness (the cat loved them) but I am glad their reign of terror ended.

And just a warning incase you did not know Crayfish do not care what gender another crayfish is they will try kill it. I know this first hand from my crayfish keeping experience and a family friend who keeps two in a 55 gal (and taught me how to sex crayfish). The more dominant one will pretty much keep the other one forced to hiding in a decoration.
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Just a tipnon crayfish: no rules about crayfish apply to the dwarf species
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Old 03-27-2014, 12:09 PM   #74
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So...ROLE PLAY!


Last night we had a guy bring us a trash bag full of dead fish. He said he bought a fish from us three weeks back and our fish must have been sick, because every single one of his fish in his established 100gal.+ tank died. He wanted us to credit him the value of every single fish.

But...the fish showed no signs of sickness. Just...dead fish. His water test was fine.

In my opinion (which I kept to myself, of course) I think he was just trying to bully us.....I think he should admit fault for not quarantining his fish, at the least - even if it WAS our fish -it's possible. We run though at least twice every day to scan for sick fish and quarantine them ourselves. As far as I know, no pet store does better than that.....does any store quarantine their fish BEFORE putting them on display? I think it's just as likely he had an unsuitable tank mate, or forgot to dechrorinate and brought us in a sample of water from after he realized his mistake, or something else.


Any thoughts, fish addicts? If you ran a fish store, what would you do in this situation? Also, feel free to chastise me for my opinion...i'm open!
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When I worked at my lfs we had a guy bring in two dead cichlids claiming he had got them from our store and that they were sick when we sold them. I'd never seen them before and turns out they were from another pet store. So it's definitely possible he was trying to bully your store. Some ppl are just jerks
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Yeah... Crediting him for the fish you sold him is totally reasonable, but all his fish that you didn't sell him? Nice try.

It's totally common for fish to be carriers where they carry a parasite and are immune to it and show no signs themselves but can pass it on to a tank. Even the best care at a LFS won't catch everything. It's up to the buyer to do a round of QT with parasite treatments prior to adding it to a tank. If you don't do that, you're responsible for the risks to your tank.
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So I have read that pet stores/fish stores feed fish at night because transport on full bellies can cause extra stress. No more than two days later I'm at a local big box and an employee is blasting bloodworms into a saltwater tank to catch some fish (pretty white and black stripped ones). My fiancé asks him why he is feeding them, he replies that it is the only way to catch them. The tank did appear to have an awkward hood/entry point and there were a lot of hiding places in the rock in the tank. Still unsure how I feel about the whole situation, idk if he was just not willing to catch them with skill or if the store really just set Him up for failure with a bad setup or false info maybe.....
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So I have read that pet stores/fish stores feed fish at night because transport on full bellies can cause extra stress. No more than two days later I'm at a local big box and an employee is blasting bloodworms into a saltwater tank to catch some fish (pretty white and black stripped ones). My fiancé asks him why he is feeding them, he replies that it is the only way to catch them. The tank did appear to have an awkward hood/entry point and there were a lot of hiding places in the rock in the tank. Still unsure how I feel about the whole situation, idk if he was just not willing to catch them with skill or if the store really just set Him up for failure with a bad setup or false info maybe.....
This makes no sense to me. A nicely fed fat fish is probably the less stressed they can be.
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I can't recall the source of this comment. I just remember reading it. I can see how a nicely fed fish would be happy. But also I could see transport on a full belly being stressful, I don't like to do much when I'm full
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I see the point but I always have stores feed fish before I buy them. Even when I travel far to get fish and I've never had a problem
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