That sounds like a good plan! Finding a perfect LFS is ideal, but it's just not always practical. IMO, as long as you're careful and mindful, you'll be fine.I’m gonna go back to PetCo again and see, the experience I had when I bought the tank was much better than all the times i’ve gone to PetSmart. The worker there actually knew what he was talking about and helped informed me
Yes, the prices! I have bought from Petsmart and from the LFS 40 minutes away. Our Petsmart often has gill flukes, but sometimes the fish that $3 there cost $15 at LFS. If I am buying a school, it is cheaper to treat the flukes. However, I assume longevity is better with the fish from the LFS.I hate to be a parrot here but they're all different.
From my experience, Petco has better employees, but Petsmart has healthier looking fish.
Key word is "LOOKING". I personally still wouldn't buy fish from either.
As SixThreeOh said, just find a local fish store within an hour and go there. Trust me, as tempting as Petco and Petsmart may be, especially with their prices, it's NOT WORTH IT.
Never heard of VIpets.... sounds cool though!I've only bought a few fish from either store, and they were mostly bettas. Anyone heard of or been to a VIPets? I've been to one only twice but the employees know what they are talking about (usually) and the fish selection is superb. They always have fish I've never seen before and ones that are hard to get. While some of their prices are through the roof many of them are fair enough especially for the condition of the fish. Best thing is, they will special order a species for you
just watch what kind of fish you buy. Both stores buy from Seacrest farms and get about the same fish. Guppies are a bad choice because of the decease problems that come in on the fish from the Orient. Some of the other livebearers might survive better because they come from Florida. a lot of the tetras come from Florida, so survival rate are better. When you go into either store your on your own, so research the type of fish before you buy it.
Here in Indiana, both Petsmart and Petco get their fish and animals from APET. I like the Petco by me since the person in charge of the fish department used to work the local LFS. They said while they loved the LFS, they didn't get any benefits or paid time off that they can get while working at a chain store. I don't really care for the Petsmart in my town since they like to keep giant goldfish with cichlids and small schooling fish. The Petsmart in the next town is better, but I haven't had too much luck with their fish.
I would imagine if both stores are in the area, then they get fish from the same suppliers. I have multiple Petcos/Petsmarts in my area. I would hesitate to purchase from either, but if I HAD to, it would be Petsmart.
Pet supermarket? Where are you located?I go to Petco for fish, plants, and maintenance. I go to PetSmart for decor and meds. I have one place called PetSuperMarket that sells a lot of brands I've never heard of. They look a little sketchy but they have different types of fish from Petco or PetSmart.
Central Florida, it's a small store, they mainly have dog and cat food with those clear boxes for birds and hamsters that are open on top. Then some bird and fish stuff. I don't go there too oftenPet supermarket? Where are you located?
Ok. Nobody ever talks about it so I thought it was just a Texas store. We got a couple here. They have weird fish that petsmart and petco don't carry such as amano and cherry shrimp. Different crustaceans and invertebrates.Central Florida, it's a small store, they mainly have dog and cat food with those clear boxes for birds and hamsters that are open on top. Then some bird and fish stuff. I don't go there too often
They had pea puffers at mine, and PetCo and PetSmart never have those.Ok. Nobody ever talks about it so I thought it was just a Texas store. We got a couple here. They have weird fish that petsmart and petco don't carry such as amano and cherry shrimp. Different crustaceans and invertebrates.
You too! I lived in South Berwick for a few years, then moved to Gorham while going to USM. There is an amazing shop in Gorham called Easy Aquariums. Would be worth your time to check it out.