I looked into applying to join Petco's aquatics department some time ago. One of the main requirements was 1 or 2 years as a hobbyist for both fresh and saltwater tanks. No clue for petsmart.sairving said:I wouldn't buy fish at my local Petsmart. Last time I was there nobody noticed the clearly long dead goldfish in the way over stocked goldfish tank. I've bought a heater at Petsmart. I had a heater emergency and they were the first one open on a Sunday morning. Otherwise, they don't have a lot, even food.
My local Petco has a really large, nice fish department. Tons of fish food, water treatments, medications, tanks, lids, filters etc. The fish are healthy and active.
I still prefer my awesome local fish store but Petco is just fine for some things. It would be nice if my Petsmart had a nicer fish department since we are there a lot. My dog gets his nails trimmed at the grooming salon and my cat has a chicken intolerance. I've read all the cat food labels and know what food she can have.
Not sure for PetSmart either. The employee I was talking to at Petco was into Saltwater tanks. He said everyone else that worked in the department had freshwater tanks.Betta'sAnonymous said:I looked into applying to join Petco's aquatics department some time ago. One of the main requirements was 1 or 2 years as a hobbyist for both fresh and saltwater tanks. No clue for petsmart.
My Petco is way better than my PetSmart but the local fish store is better than both. I'm just at PetSmart more because of my dog and cat.FishBoy101 said:My Petco doesn't show much difference than your average fish store. Nothing out of the ordinary.
That's bad. I think big box stores can be hit or miss. One would think though a stand alone fish store would want to take care of their fish. Guess not though.MiaK said:Both my Petco and Petsmart are very bed at fish, Every time I see dead fish in the tank - a few months back I bought 15 neon tetras at Petsmart and they just bagged me 1 dead fish... I asked for replacement right after guy packed them - later in quarantine tank they kept dying one by one. My petco has ick in tanks (Petsmart as well at least in Tetras tanks. My only Local fish store (I was excited to find it) is no better... There were dead fish in 6 tanks last time I went there last week - 3 ladies working there were just having conversation for my whole 20 minutes visit - it took me 5 minutes to look at every tank which they could do to see dead fish. Plus 2 poor figure 8 puffers covered in ick laying on the bottom hopelessly I even asked if they are okay (puffers) and girl told me they are just shy <facepalm> After all of this I will never ever buy live fish until our next PCS order.... I just buy fish online
I've noticed that about chain stores. We have both Petco and Petsmart about an hour away in Wooster and they are both shady. However, the Petco in Newark was great and the guy working couldn't have been cooler and seemed to have a decent head on his shoulders. Our LFS of choice is a smaller chain called Pet Supplies Plus, which again, can be hit or miss, but ours is awesome. Small selection, but the staff rocks and always go the extra mile to make sure we leave happy.sairving said:That's bad. I think big box stores can be hit or miss. One would think though a stand alone fish store would want to take care of their fish. Guess not though.
I stopped watching there videos. A few things erked me. I'm not perfect but they laugh about cat in room. And another video causually say cat took all plants out of tank and cat was still right there. And yep plop. LolStarGirl said:They plopped and dropped....the horror! That kitten wanted the fishies! lol