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Exclamation Petcos Care Sheets of doom

So I was going through petco and on the way out I grabbed a care sheet for a koi to look at when I got home. On the front page it says "maximum length 36". I open up the page and it said "minimum tank size 29 gallons"! Anyone who put a pond fish in a 29 gallon is nuts this should not be doing this be nor should this suggested for increase of sales. Why would petco do this to the beloved koi...

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this reminds me of my cousins 10 gallon tank which houses multiple koi fish ranging from size 6" to 10". God have mercy upon us!
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I know a guy who is convinced he can breed the uber-expensive ($1500.00+ each) high-end koi in his 55-gallon tank. I really hope he comes to his senses before he actually buys the breeding stock!!

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Hahaha i an see it now "honey the koi came in" "what koi?" "The ones that get 3 feet long that will be housed in my 55 and were 1500$ each!" "You bought what!!!!"

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Sadly my local sushi place keeps 7 or 8 koi in a 10 gallon. There are atleast 5 that's are 6+ inches
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Why would petco do this to the beloved koi...
Petco is a corporation whos slogan is 'where animals come first'... but anyone who believes that clap trap is extremely naive. All they really care about is making money (surprise!)... You can take this for what its worth, as I have actually worked for Petco for the last 3 years. I will not sell koi to people who intend to put them into aquariums, unfortunately I cannot speak for any of the other numb skulls I work with. For instance the other day I saw the 'aquatic specialist' bag up 7 glo-fish (genetically altered zebra danio btw) for a person buying a 2.5 gal aquarium at that time (intending to go home, setup the tank, and drop the 7 fish in there!). Thankfully I caught that before they checked out and set em straight, but stupid stuff like that happens way to frequently. I am not afraid to deny sales, as i am more concerned with people having success with their aquariums, than satisfying their impulse and making petco a little more money on that particular day. I can't say the same for most of the people I have worked with.
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I know a guy who is convinced he can breed the uber-expensive ($1500.00+ each) high-end koi in his 55-gallon tank. I really hope he comes to his senses before he actually buys the breeding stock!!
They better be magical Koi that grant wishes at those prices..
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I believe they mean its for smaller juveniles.
A miiiiiiiiiiinimum for teeny tiny babies.
Then 'appropriately sized tank' for bigger ones.
Theyre never clear on that.

I hate their care sheets.
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Some guy at my LFS gave me this line the other day: "Fish will only grow enough to fit into your tank, so you don't need to worry about them getting to big."

I guess what he meant was "I don't have to worry about them after I sell them."

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Ahh the common pet store hoax.

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Ahh the common pet store hoax.
Yeah, it worked great for me as a kid when I had a clown knife AND and Oscar in my 29 gallon. I am sure the under gravel filter was plenty to keep up with the bio load. And yes, they got huge and died one day.

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With big name pet store all they care about is money, they could give two hoots how there fish live. I went to the pet store and they had maybe 10 red devils in 1 tank section.

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Some guy at my LFS gave me this line the other day: "Fish will only grow enough to fit into your tank, so you don't need to worry about them getting to big."

I guess what he meant was "I don't have to worry about them after I sell them."
Well they usually die prematurely after they've been stunted by the limited environment, so maybe he means you don't need to worry about them getting too big, so long as the fact they're dead does not bother you..
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During college I worked at large chain store. It was a lot better than Petco, but the advice the associates are trained to give is pretty generic... Its not 'wrong', just overly simplistic. Thankfully my boss loved me and knew a thing or two about fish herself, so we could go a bit above and beyond. We used to take old gravel that was going to be trashed anyway and give it to people to help their cycle.

Back on topic though, most of the fish people who came in fell into one of two categories: 1. The experienced fish keeper who needed no real advice OR 2. People who never would listen to advice because "fish only live a few months anyway".

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Thank God is a pet store that cares about fish!

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