I'm An Aquatics Specialist At Petco, Ask Me Anything

Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by hayreindeer, Aug 2, 2017.

  1. hayreindeerNew MemberMember

    this was done by another user for petsmart awhile ago, and I figured why not do one for petco as well! So as the title says, as me anything:)

  2. MattS99Well Known MemberMember

    Are you informed about the nitrogen cycle, and do you instruct your customers on cycling and things like that?

  3. Kenny777Well Known MemberMember

    Name some nice cooler water temp centerpiece fish that are compatible with my planning stock
    14 Panda Cories
    12 Praecox Rainbows
    8 Cherry Barbs
    5 Nerite Snails
    4 Peacock Gudgeons
    2 Bolivian Rams
    1 Albino Bn pleco
    ? Centerpiece
    Will crabs be able to work with my stock?

  4. MattS99Well Known MemberMember

    Sounds a little pushy, man. You have your own thread already, just chill out a bit. And no crabs.
  5. hayreindeerNew MemberMember

    I am, and I do. We do get those people that just don't care, but I can refuse sales if I feel that fish aren't going to be taken care of. If someone comes and has a tank in their cart and wants to buy fish, I show them tetra safe start and tell them they can't get fish until they cycle their tank.
  6. Kenny777Well Known MemberMember

    Okay sorry but he did say ask him anything sooooo.
  7. hayreindeerNew MemberMember

    What size is the tank, and how long have you had it? I usually don't recommend crabs bc they can eat your fish, and some crabs need brackish water and dry land as well.
  8. JesseMoreira06Well Known MemberMember

    How are your bettas treated? do you do daily water changes on those tiny bowls or..?

    also how long do you QT fish for? do you guys use any meds during this process?

    Thanks in advance.
  9. Kenny777Well Known MemberMember

    I planning on getting a 55g and I have not got it yet and I'm planning because I'm getting one soon so I'm planning for the future before I add any fish. I will cycle the tank then add the fish.

    Why does most petco's over crowd their tiny tanks with fish? At my local petco they have dead fish in the tanks and have like over 20 guppys guys in a tiny aquarium, and they have Gouramis together and I see them fight non stop. Why do you do this?
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  10. tunafaxWell Known MemberMember

    Shed some light on Petco filtration.

    Petsmart uses one giant tub as a sump, if the store is large enough they are filtered in cells. Is this the same for Petco?

    Also, I assume you do not quarantine unless the fish comes with obvious issues?
  11. MattS99Well Known MemberMember

    They plan on selling them. They don't plan on keeping these fish for long. That's why tanks are overcrowded and incompatible.
  12. Kenny777Well Known MemberMember

    Is that the same with the Gouramis and dead fish? I also see the same pleco for almost a month now.
  13. hayreindeerNew MemberMember

    The bettas are treated bad. We do water changes on Mondays, wednesdays, and fridays. However if the cups break, then we're allowed to put them in tanks. We don't quarantine fish ( which is dumb, but I digress.) If fish do get sick, we use Artemiss and herbtana for medicine.
  14. MattS99Well Known MemberMember

    Gouramis, yes. Dead fish is laziness on the employee's behalf.
  15. tunafaxWell Known MemberMember

    I'd assume dead fish would get removed after those underpaid and undestaffed highschoolers get a break from trying to convince supermoms that a goldfish shouldn't be put in a bowl and can get back to cleaning tanks.
  16. Kenny777Well Known MemberMember

    Oh lol okay. Well the petco worker told me Serpae tetras are one of the best community fish, how do you explain that?
  17. JesseMoreira06Well Known MemberMember

    They over stock tanks because they sell fish on a daily basis , they don't keep them long term , fish come and go everyday from fish stores.

    Dead fish in tanks is either lazy employees or they just hadn't noticed it yet to remove them. Dead fish can be due to soo many things such as stress, water parameters , infection ect..
  18. MattS99Well Known MemberMember

    More like college kids. I tried getting jobs at the local Petco and PetSmart, they only hire 18 and over. Something about "dealing with animals".
  19. tunafaxWell Known MemberMember

    I would explain that with underpaid and undestaffed highschoolers not being given proper training by a multibillion dollar company who does not plan on keeping these kids emplyed for long.
  20. MattS99Well Known MemberMember

    Lack of knowledge or they're trying to trick you into making a sale.

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