Planted Tank Enthusiast
Join Date: Nov 2004
Location: Los Angeles, CA
I laughed when I read your Walmart comment -- the fish you bought there still being alive.
I feel the same about my Petco. Bought 5 Ottos there 2 weeks ago and all are still alive -- and these are known to croak easily. I think places like Petco, Petsmart, Walmart are like fish bootcamp, if they survived there, there's a good chance the will survive at home. Toughens them up. Now, I'm not saying all the fish there are gems, but I seem to have more luck there than at the LFS. Just bought 10 Praecox Rainbows on Monday from an average-above average LFS and 3 are already dead. Maybe it's Petsmart's 15 day "peace of mind" that makes me think of them more favorably. And some of the bold lettered NO REFUNDS ON FISH at certain LFS's doesn't always put your mind at ease either. To be fair, I did call the LFS and they kind of implied they "might" be able to do something if things don't improve with the fish I bought. A couple replacements couldn't hurt and I'd be more inclined to do business there in the future. Then again, I know there needs to be in policy in place to protect the LFS from the casual buyers who kill fish by the dozens.