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Do pet stores use the same net to remove dead fish as to catch fish you buy?

Do pet stores use the same net to remove dead fish as to catch fish you buy?

I noticed the fish stores, Petco, Petsmart,etc.. are always removing dead fish. I was wondering if they have a separate net for removing dead fish as the net they catch fish that you buy from them?

If so, do they sanitize the net with like a spray of alcohol or some kind of disinfectant,etc..?

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Supposed to place all net's in a bucket with some type of sanitizer/disinfectant but how diligent they are at maintaining the bucket is ???
Seen some pretty nasty looking bucket's and net's lying on the floor or in sink's.
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Supposed to place all net's in a bucket with some type of sanitizer/disinfectant but how diligent they are at maintaining the bucket is ???
Seen some pretty nasty looking bucket's and net's lying on the floor or in sink's.
Hopefully they rinse that out every day and it does not turn into some kind of disgusting science experiment.

Once had a Pet store get me a fish but I noticed it was full of ick so I asked him to put it back and get me another fish from another tank and but I noticed he was using the same net. I asked him if there was a different net he could use and he was like " oh, I rinsed it off"

So I am not sure how sanitary these places are or if the employees are even following the protocol.

Thanks for sharing your experience.

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For ich, all that is needed is for the nets to dry out completely to make it safe....
Best thing is to ask in store. They may never have given it any thought...

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I used to work at pet****; We used a potassium permanganate solution; you'd add a splash of the solution to water (the solution is purple) and that's what the net is stored in while not in use.

We changed it every night but it really depends on the store/particular workers. you can always look where the nets are kept and see what the water looks like (ours was kept under the counter)

Also so you're aware most of these stores have all of those tanks under one large filtration system. Ok actually there were two systems - one for the feeder fish, one for everything else (felt that was an important distinction). However, if there's one tank has ich it's already in the water and thus already in all the other tanks as well.

We did medicate the system a few times a week plus had a few UV lights in the system but with that many fish coming in it's really a constant battle - also greatly varies from store to store based on who works and manages the department...why it's so important to have a quarantine tank at the ready whenever you want to add new fish to your home aquarium.

But certainly asking is always great. Generally the stores that really do what they are supposed to really do take pride in their work and will gladly talk to you about it. If you constantly get met with an attitude and sickly looking fish you know that's a store to avoid.
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It honestly wont matter much for most fish stores. Sure they should be disinfecting nets and equipment; but the dead fish is already in the tank which is likely hooked up to a central filter system. So whatever killed that fish is already in that tank and every other tank in the store! The nets are the least of the problem in that situation.

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Do pet stores use the same net to remove dead fish as to catch fish you buy?

I noticed the fish stores, Petco, Petsmart,etc.. are always removing dead fish. I was wondering if they have a separate net for removing dead fish as the net they catch fish that you buy from them?

If so, do they sanitize the net with like a spray of alcohol or some kind of disinfectant,etc..?

Thanks.
I dont think they think about that. I dont see them separating their nets besides by size. If i owned a fish store, I wouldn't use a different net. But if it is a concern for you, you can def share that concern with them and they should see what they can do.
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On the other hand, we are often more concerned with the fish while ignoring much the same practice when we go out to eat!
Spending some time doing tech work in restaurants will make you want to stay home!!!
Life it a basic gamble so trying to stay alert is always good.
You get much the same cross contamination at food buffets.
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some light cross contamination is probably keeping our immune systems active.

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