I find that the chains typically have more fragile livestock than say an LFS or reputable online store. They are also typically sicker and a whole lot more dead. It's both because of their suppliers and their lack of care for fish.
A good example of what I mean is that just about every betta I've gotten from a chain has died within 6 months. I got my boy Dalisay from my LFS and have had him for over a year. There's only one chain betta thats lived that long.
Online is about equal with an LFS, but if I'm doing larger orders ill go with online since its easier to get what I want without fearing someone else would have already bought it. You also don't have to worry about the uncertainty if an LFS will actually order what you want or not.
What a story! Hope all works out! PS love your seasonal decorations!Yesterday I learned what "Healthy" is.
I got a rescue betta from petsmart for %40 due to clamped fins. It took me 20mins going through every single betta cup and checking. By the end I found one hidden in the back but that was it. (Other wise I would have gotten 4 Anyway so I thought then they were all "Healthy".
So I go and ask a employee for a disscount and she writes it on the cup whatever.
"Yeah we had a pretty bad shipment" Like WHAT?! I don't even want to know then what "Bad" to me looks like.
My favorite was "I will give you some extra guppys because some wont make the ride home" Like lol it is a 10 min ride. Yet I got guppys from Petland and everyone is fine and alive twerking there guppy tails.
(Shhh, he is super small and cant swim that well so he is in a 1gallon)
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I’m new so my fishes’ lives are constantly teetering in the balance.... someday I’ll be a good fish mom but right now I think I’m trying too hard. Too much fiddling. I read online to do this or that and then start to panic if I haven’t been doing it too.But at least of you have some sort of emergency, and you need something right away, it's right there. I have to beg someone to drive me to the fish store when the fish lives are in danger!!