Ya you've heard right that you should mostly avoid Petco and Petsmart for live animals. Some of them have good staff who properly care for their fish, but most are just college students working a part time job who really don't know anything about fish or care for their well being.
I live in San Diego, and there's only 1 Petco in the entire city I'll get fish from.... Even then, it's a last resort. There are tons of fish stores in Philadelphia, can you go there? Just google "tropical fish stores" and a bunch will come up.
Really what you should look for in a fish store is:
1. Not a single dead fish in the tanks
2. No signs of disease for sick fish
3. No vacation feeders in the tanks
4. Individually filtered tanks
5. Employees who know what they're talking about. Although a couple fish stores I go to that have very good, healthy fish have employees who don't know basic questions. You also won't be able to tell if an employee knows what they're talking about until you've been doing it a while or cross check what they say on the internet. Which reminds me, always do research online and don't trust what they say because they are salespeople like any other retail employees!
Thanks I will definitely look into it.Welcome aboard! I'm in the same shoes as you are -- the only real stores I ever get to are Petsmart or Petco. I do most of my purchasing online. Aquatic Arts is my favorite source for live purchases.
Thank you! I'm definitely gonna look into all the suggestions you guys are all giving me.PA has a lot of good clubs that you can go to their monthly auctions and buy much higher quality fish for a lot less than Petco or PetSmart.
I you want nano fish look to Rachael O'Leary at , but you will have to travel to get to pickup from her.
Lol ya. Just typing in "Fish Stores" will take you to butchers or fish markets.Thanks a lot! Turns out the word "tropical" makes all the difference in the Google search. I found some places in Philly I will check out!
What species are you looking for? You can find a wide range of sellers of the same species on eBay, and compare prices while you're at it. Just be completely sure to check that they have a long-standing and nearly 100% positive reputation (and this goes for any seller or website, not just eBay). Aquabid is also another option that has multiple sellers. I tend to stay away from the one-seller-only websites because their shipping rates tend to be higher, and if they're out of stock, you can't just click on the next link over to find the same species.
I've seen just about all of those floating around on eBay before. Take a peek! I've bought from eBay sellers with no issues, so long as you look at their ratings.I haven’t completely made my mind up on exactly which fish I want yet because I have to cycle my tank first. But I think I’m mainly interested in honey gourami, Pygmy Cory’s, Amano and neocaridina shrimp, and small schooling fish like celestial pearl danio, ember tetras, chili rasbora, etc.
I’ve used Aqua Huna (20 lemon tetras), and Trin’s (4 keyhole cichlids) in the last month. Both orders came packaged beautifully, all fish from those orders are healthy, happy, active, eating, and vibrant so far. Both of those have flat rate shipping, on the cheap end as far as ordering fish online.
One thing to note, I wouldn’t say its make or break, but if possible, I’d try and order from someone on your side of the country. My order from Washington State to Colorado took 48 hours to get here, while my order from Ohio took 96 hours.
Hi all! I ordered my fish Monday (The day I posted this) from your experience how long will they take to get here? Thanks!
Trin's should have given you a tracking number in the email telling you your order shipped; that links to a USPS website that should let you can track the package.
I didn’t receive one.... which is odd but when should I expect them. I have been doing a lot of fishing and want to make sure I’m here when it gets here.