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Old 07-12-2012, 02:46 PM   #11
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It all depends on your petco staff!

I purchased a cheap coral beauty that lived 20 minutes (sarcasm lol) it had swim bladder when i bought it. I was too excited that i decided to buy it... At first i thought that maybe it was just how they swim. It lived for exactly 1 day, i acclimated it slow and put it into qt tank where it died.

I got it all taken care of though and even talked to management that wants me to come in so i can show him areas they can improve on with the marine area... I always see a dead fish, at least 1 laying in their aquariums. Like 3 clowns in one small tank.. I know why he died.
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Old 07-12-2012, 03:03 PM   #12
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I almost want to go work at Petco as the fish specialist
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Old 07-12-2012, 05:18 PM   #13
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Yeah, the Petco I go to is really good about keeping their tanks clean and no dead fish. I have been to other Petcos in the area though that have quite a bit of algae and some dead fish and the selection isn't good. Guess it all depends on who is in charge of the aquatics dept. all the stores are a run a little differently.
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Old 07-12-2012, 05:39 PM   #14
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The petco near me SUCKS! I only go there for supplies but every time I buy fish from them they always die in at least a week:/ but if youre really lucky you can get a good fish...
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Like any LFS, PetCo will vary from store to store. I am in Tacoma, and we have two great PetCos here, one by the mall, and one in Lakewood. Both have fellow fish nuts working there. But, there are some other Petcos not too far that are... shall we say, less great. *coughs* Puyallup *coughs*
To find out how much the staff knows, do research on a fish that they have in stock, then go in and ask questions that you already know the answers to. Start basic and move to more complicated stuff. Do this for a few items and you'll start to gauge how much they really know about their stock.
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Old 07-12-2012, 07:01 PM   #16
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Like any LFS, PetCo will vary from store to store. I am in Tacoma, and we have two great PetCos here, one by the mall, and one in Lakewood. Both have fellow fish nuts working there. But, there are some other Petcos not too far that are... shall we say, less great. *coughs* Puyallup *coughs*
To find out how much the staff knows, do research on a fish that they have in stock, then go in and ask questions that you already know the answers to. Start basic and move to more complicated stuff. Do this for a few items and you'll start to gauge how much they really know about their stock.
+1 I don't have a petco near me, but most stores are the same. I've fine this questioning method at both my local Petsmart and fish store.
I know in my Petsmart who to ask and who not to ask. One guy is very knowledgeable and does well (he even knew some good info on a fish they don't keep in stock) while a girl there told my daughter there was no easy to know if a Molly is male or female. O.o
The lfs where I bought my gsp does really well. They have a fw specialist and a sw specialist. They work different hours so its kind of hit and miss to get the right specialist. They are up front tho and let you know they do not know much about that outside of their realm. When I bought my gsp I was told info that was spot on with my research.
The biggest thing IMO (as most will tell you here)...do your own research!

Edit: I've never had any problems with buying fish from Petsmart, which I believe is similar to petco
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Old 07-12-2012, 10:39 PM   #17
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I prefer Petco over Petsmart. I've found very knowledgeable people at both places that are actual hobbyists themselves, but I've gotten bad fish from petsmart. And Petco is the only one that sells saltwater fish (I just made that revelation today!) Their tanks are always clean, never got a bad fish from them, just wish they were closer to me.
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I think it just depends on the location. For me it is opposite.every store is different & everyone has their own opinion
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I only deal with saltwater only fish stores
you will find a very knowledgeable staff willing to help with all your questions from time you walk in to store till you leave

not like chain stores : Ill be right back I have to ask jack lol
and jack walks up and knows even less than joe and thats even if you can find someone to help you to begin with!!
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Old 07-13-2012, 01:35 AM   #20
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I normally deal with the mom and pop stores for saltwater, which is what prompted the original question about Petco. I'm in Palm Springs and there are two good LFS. Petsmart only carries freshwater and one of the PetCos has saltwater. If I saw any of the fish at the LFS, I would not hesitate to buy them. I am just not sure that the PetCos of the world are as good with their fish. Maybe a bad assumption on my part, as it probably is more the people at any given store.

I'm thinking of going by tomorrow after work and see if the blue eye tang is still there. I just saw that LiveAquaria has them and they are on sale, but buying online scares me.
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