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post #1 of 11 (permalink) Old 07-20-2011, 03:30 PM Thread Starter
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Question fish shop policy

Yesterday I went to a local fish shop and bought 25 rummynose tetras. The guy working at the fish shop put all 25 in one bag. I was concerned but thought if I got home fast enough it wouldnt be a problem. But by the time I got home 1 fish was already dead, and a second was on the way out and died an hour later. The other 23 are going strong.

Is it considered okay for 25 tetras to be placed into a single bag and is this likely what killed 2 of them?

The 2 that died had no other signs of sickness.
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3 days ago I bought 30 tetras, all placed in one bag. Haven't had a single death.

I guess it depends on the bag size, water quality they were in, and the health of the fish.
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check and see if they have a grantee. most places i've been it's at least 24 hours (unless it's a sensitive fish or invert)
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i purchased 24 white clouds at once and they were all in a single bag.

granted, since then i think i've lost 6-8 of them :/ but none due to the being placed in the bag.


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Yea, I think it's OK to place them all in the same bag, esp for a short while. I too think it depends more on the health of the fish and the environment from which they came, than it does the bag they are put in.

I recently bought 5 tiger barbs, 2 or 3 died within a few days. I went back and got 10 (all in the same bag), none have died and it's been around 2+ weeks.


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Rummynose are specifically sensitive to water quality changes and from my experience have much lower than average survival rate to start with. The store should have at least a 24 hour guarantee though as stated above.
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thanks for the input everyone. the 23 survivors seem to be doing well. I have started them on New Life Spectrum small fish formula. they were very shy yesterday after I added them to the tank. Today they are swimming around much more assertively. I think the ones that made it will be healthy.
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I love NLS. Started feeding it back when I had cichlids. I'm currently feeding NLS grow formula to my semi-aggressive community tank with tiger barbs and a blue gourami.


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Obviously the OTHER signs of sickness are related. I don't buy fish that have other signs of illness in the tank.

I've had tetras shipped to me with over 50 in a bag with no loss.
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Go back and give the shop the chance to make it right and earn your business. I agree with the other comments, chances are "the Deceased" would have been belly up if they stayed in the shop.

I don't think that they put to many fish in the bag. However, as a customer I wouldn't think it is too much to ask to split the oder into two bags. Claiming "policy" is the lazy way out in business. Customer loyalty is earned.
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I sold fish & would never have put that many fish in a normal sized bag the stores use. After 30 minutes; most of the oxygen is going to be used unless pure oxygen was put in the bag
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