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Old 03-24-2011, 06:02 PM   #21 
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i'v been to both my local pet co and petsmart and the only ling i like about petco is they have a wider selection of betta's and different types of tails i like my petsmart better
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Old 03-24-2011, 11:35 PM   #22 
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My local stores are all about the same. My petsmart seems to have the healthiest bettas. I don't really like the medication in the water as it builds up an immunity if you ever actually need it. Also, it makes it harder to see the colors. I love that petco has different tail types though.

I don't see a problem in the salt bath either. I actually just had to do that for one of my platies cause she had a bit of fungus. Cleared it right up.
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Old 03-25-2011, 04:17 PM   #23 
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Petco is the best store you can find around my area if you want a properly cared for animal. All of the enclosures are clean and the animals always have a proper amount of food and water available. Several times I've gone to Petco to find them cleaning every last betta cup out. The bettas are healthy and have no signs of illness. Our local Petco uses cups that are way bigger than those used at Petsmart. I've never seen this care from our local Petsmart. The bettas are in tiny containers and almost every one of them has a sign of illness. I never find the enclosures to be clean and it's just plain horrible. My service goes out to Petco.
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Old 05-03-2012, 03:34 PM   #24 
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I work at Petco and we only do salt baths for fish that have Ich or illness. Since I have worked here we have not given any of our Betta's a salt bath... just a few goldfish. All of our betta's are feed frozen blood-worms and we change their water every 2 days... I have seen maybe two out of many that have the tattered fins but a lot of times those are the one's that come into the store that way. Also, we don't ''have'' to feed frozen bloodworms... we could feed the cheaper pellet stuff but our Aquatics specialist likes to spoil the animals and so does our GM so we spend a little more for all the animals. The hamsters/gerbils/rats/mice even get millet, cabbage and the guinea pigs get bell pepper, carrots, banana... all for fun... sometimes we (the regular associates) will spend a little money on a few toys to throw in their cages too... it really depends on the specific store... please do not judge all Petco's based off your experience with one. :)
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Old 05-03-2012, 09:05 PM   #25 
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please do not judge all Petco's based off your experience with one. :)
^ same with petsmarts! i love my job and am so proud of what i do. i'm there to make a difference and to show that there are people who work there that actually care.

it does honestly depend on who the managers and who the people are that work at the petco or petsmart. if they're full of people like me, who actually take care of the fish, bettas, and care about them then it's awesome! lol. but if they're just there for a job then probably not..

but yeah, the blue water used at petsmart is supposed to help prevent fungal/parasitic infections and be the conditioner. personally, i don't like it. you can barely see the fish, and it makes people who don't know stuff think they need crazy special water. lol.

and the cup size all depends on the company/store. i've seen cupped bettas at LFS that were half the size if not less than petsmart's and petco's cups. oh, and TECHNICALLY the bettas are only supposed to be in those cups for about a week. cuz apparently they should all be sold by then... that's one thing i don't agree with.
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Old 05-03-2012, 09:45 PM   #26 
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I agree. It really depends on the store. My Petco and Petsmart know next to nothing about fish care in general. I actually had one associate tell me that I probably knew more about fishkeeping than he did... as he fished a goldfish from the tank for me.

I've always wanted to ask: what exactly is in that blue water. Methylene blue?
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Old 05-04-2012, 12:09 AM   #27 
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My sister works at a petsmart and does the very best she can that they work with, but she's upset because the cups they put them in are always filled with the blue medication and are smaller than petco's cups. I prefer the petco by my store because they have a huge selection and they have a system in place to ensure the best for their bettas. They also don't mind at all if someone mentions that a betta fish is sick or needs an emergency water change.

As many people have said, though, it does depend on the store. I've been to another petco and that place was horrid. I'm also thankful that the walmarts in my area don't even sell betta fish.
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Old 05-04-2012, 02:00 AM   #28 
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I drove 5000 miles across the US/Canada with my dog and we stopped at every petco we found because he likes to go "shoppylifting". All of them had sad looking bettas.

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I've always wanted to ask: what exactly is in that blue water. Methylene blue?
I have never seen any with blue water but I'm thinking its either betta revive or methylene blue.

Petsmart has any more fish in general then the petco here but they never have pretty bettas.

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Old 05-04-2012, 07:20 AM   #29 
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i'm fairly positive the blue betta water is by jungle. all of the "medication" we are provided with is by jungle. but hey i'll look up what the ingredients are when i go to work. :] then the question will be solved for sure. :p
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Old 05-04-2012, 01:17 PM   #30 
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i'm fairly positive the blue betta water is by jungle. all of the "medication" we are provided with is by jungle. but hey i'll look up what the ingredients are when i go to work. :] then the question will be solved for sure. :p
Awesome! I've always wondered what that is. I really dislike how it changes the colors of some of the fish. I bought a pinky fish once because it looked white with red fins through the blue water.
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