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Stupid pet store chains...

Posted By: Tibor <tibor@tiborsrealm.com>
Date: Sunday, 4 March 2001, at 11:08 p.m.

I was astounded this weekend. I wanted to get some new plants for my tank, and the two closest vendors are a Petsmart and then a Petco further away. My favorite (and dedicated) LFS is about half an hour drive, so I rarely go there.

So I went to Petsmart and they didn't have the plants I wanted. Keeping an eye out for some bristlenose plecos, I looked through the tanks. And found two clown loaches, a bit over an inch long each with a bunch of tiger barbs. I was horrified. One was upside-down and unable to turn back over, and the other was starting to have bladder problems as well. How disgusting. I turned on my heel after a moment of shock and a hard glare at the guy behind the fish counter and left, never to return. Their staff has always been more than worthless anyway.

The Petco is new, so I went there and looked at the plants; had a couple bunches bagged, and then perused the tanks for a moment. The girl working there was also as smart as dirt on the subject; had no idea different plants needed different amounts of light. Anyway, found the cutest little .5-inch clowns in there - just adorable! And breaking out in ich...

Now I feel bad; I should have bought them, but where would I have put them? My angel needs the 20-gallon or the pair in the 55 would massacre him, and I couldn't put them in the big tank, because it would spread and I'd have to medicate everyone. No other cycled tanks! I've been thinking about taking back the third angel; mebbe I should have gone home, taken him back to the GOOD LFS a half hour away and then returned there to purchase the little clowns and some ich meds. I dunno. But I do know I'm really disappointed, and never going back to either one.

In any event, I felt the need to tell someone how angry I am. These poor fish have already been plucked out of their home waters, shipped off through a distributor halfway across the world and then left to die in a petstore of all places. Grrrrrrrrrr!

Tibor.
 

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