Last two times I went to Aqua Pets their FW section was horrible. Things like tiger barbs in with long finned fish (with bites out of their fins of course). When I asked for help, the only guy in there said "I can help bag a fish but I don't know anything about freshwater."
I agree with you on the FW selection. I usually only saw cichilds and a few other not-interesting-to-me fish. At least the guy told you he didn't know anything instead of giving you crap advice. One of the few fish that I have bought from there was a male betta that was in a tank full of black skirt tetras. His fins were nearly gone--poor guy. I told the owner's wife about it and gave some advice for future reference. I believe it fell on deaf ears, so to speak. Every betta I have seen in there looks like ****.
Petland on 120th and Center has the best condition plants and some very enthusiastic employees who know their stuff. Fish selection not very good.
I made my first visit there just about a week ago and picked up an albino female paradise fish. James is the guy who helped me. I had heard great things about him, so I finally made my way there, and he needed a little help in sexing paradise fish, but he seemed earger to learn. lol Yes, fish selection not great, but it looked like most of their tanks were for salt water. Also, great plants, but I got all the way home in Bellevue and realized that I had forgotten to grab some. It took me awhile to get some assistance, but I do take into account that they were busy that day.
Petworld in Millard has plants but they are all half dead. Fish selection is sporadic - I know they are trying to boost their SW right now so skimping on FW. I got some GBR there that brought ich with them.
I noticed that, too about the plants. The day that I went, they had just gotten in a plant shipment, and I had grabbed a few that were on sale. The latter was a big oops on my part. But, I got alot of plants for cheap. lol I wasn't too thrilled at the upkeep on the FW tanks, and I saw an electric eel for sale. Not happy about that either. They did have alot of equipment and seemed to have a fairly good selection.
Petco in Millard has a fish section bordering on animal abuse with dead stock stuck to filters in every tank. They had some rarer plants there but I won't be going back.
I haven't been there, but thank you for the info.
You just can't beat Petsmart for the most common plants since they are usually $1.49 and if you're nice they will throw in a couple extras.
I can't agree with you more! I have gotten quite a few plants from them, and I have always gotten friendly help, but they are a bit fuzzy on advice. They'll even ask me for advice or will have a customer ask me questions. lol They've even asked me to work for them.