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Old 07-11-2012, 06:04 PM   #1
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I have been looking to get a small one spot fox face and a blue eye/two spot bristle tooth tang. Both LFS have not had them, but I walk into Petco today at lunch and guess what they have? Both!

I normally avoid these types as many of their staff are not very knowledgable. Has anyone had experiences with them? I do not have a quarantine tank, so I acclimate my fish and they go in my 75 gallon tank.
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Old 07-11-2012, 06:29 PM   #2
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I'd observe them and see what it is they do. I don't deal with fish that require tanks of that size, but I have purchased livestock from petco and they have done well. Even if knowing the difference between a beyond all hope critter and one that is just starting to fade helps as well. I pulled a carpet nem from of their tanks and it has done great in my tank to where it has almost doubled in size.
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Old 07-11-2012, 07:29 PM   #3
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I've gotten a lot of fish and supplies from Petco over the years. I have FW and SW tanks. I just got a starry blenny and some astraea (sp?) snails from there today. I've never had a problem with the fish being sick from there, ever. They usually have what they call "aquatics specialist". I've found that's the person to ask questions to. The guy at my Petco has SW tanks too and has been doing them a while. I also get my SW water from there cuz I don't have a RO system yet and it's only 25 cents per gallon. They don't really advertise the water, but it's available.
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They both looked healthy. I've never seen such a small foxface...was probably just under 2". Thought the Blue Eye was a Kole at first...have never seen a live Blue Eye, only on sites. Maybe I'll go back in a couple days and see how they look.
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They will also special order any fish that u want at Petco. Takes about less than a week at my store for it to come in. So, if there's ever something u want that they don't have, just let them know. My store puts in orders on Friday, not sure if all stores do it that way. The fish usually comes in Wed. BTW, no, I don't work at Petco. Lol. Was reading what I wrote and I sound kinda like an advertisement. Haha
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Old 07-11-2012, 09:00 PM   #6
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Both of my LFS will special order and both have requests for either a white tail tang or a blue-eye. Funny that Petco, who usually gets fairly common fish, has that blue-eye. There was no price, so I wonder if it was a special order. Didn't have time to ask today.

I figure foxfaces are the easier to find, so was just waiting to find one that grabs my attention. This one was almost too small.
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I brought a foxface from my local petco about 4 months ago. He has been great in my 65 hex tank.
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Wow! You guys seem to have good Petco's!! We do purchase some supplies there like our salt, since the LFS is $70 more a bucket than Petco!! But the employees stink! Yes they are nice but can't really tell you anything without looking in a book. The book just says what size tank, their length and what they eat. They couldn't tell you if 2 different fish can go together. Also I would say 75% of the fish we have purchased from them have died in a week or 2's time. Also ours tends to have a lot of dead fish in the tank (freshwater) Petsmart isn't any better. I think it may just be our location
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the petco by me has one guy that knows his stuff I actually end up seeing him at oither lfs's all the time but the other "fish specialists" don't know half of what my 8 year old niece does haha. As far as the fish purchasing it will differ store to store I tend to try and get them shortly after they receive new fish so the employees there at the branch don't have time to mess up. I have had luck with all fish I have purchased but I have also seen some tanks there I wouldn't touch a fish out of at the time. The prices are good so that's a plus.

Didn't know they sold water there that is good to know I will have to look into that more when I go in there next!! 25 cents a gallon is dirt cheap what salinity do they sell it at there?
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I think I will drop by tomorrow and see if either are still there. The guy there knows very little beyond book basics for saltwater. Seems to know his stuff on freshwater though.

They also had a Heniochis Butterfly, which is on my list. Just wasn't planning on adding one yet. Well see what happens...

Thanks for all the feedback. Very different than what I was expecting, but good to hear that most have had good experiences.
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