Question Where To Buy Fish?

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Hey Guys,

I'm setting out on my first tank venture and I was wondering if anyone had advice on where to purchase fish? I live in South eastern part Pennsylvania. All I really have nearby is petco and petsmart and a couple of small pet stores. I've heard some tough stuff about buying from big name pet stores. Was wondering if anyone has any insight or suggestions for reputable dealers online or in my area. Thanks in advance!
 

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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 or 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!
 

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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.
 

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Purchasing fish via online IS good, however since it is livestock, the shipping cost can and will be quite expensive, so do keep that in mind! Moreover, liveaquaria is good; decent variety as well...
 

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I've never tried Liveaquaria... And SF is right -- the shipping can be VERY high but I reason it's still better than buying iffy stock.
 

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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.
 
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ystrout said:
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 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!
 
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Ohio Mark said:
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.
Thanks I will definitely look into it.
 
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Sarcasm Included said:
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.
Thank you! I'm definitely gonna look into all the suggestions you guys are all giving me.
 

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Irv said:
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!
Lol ya. Just typing in "Fish Stores" will take you to butchers or fish markets.
 

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