so i was just wondering where you tend to lean when it comes to where you buy your fish... all the ones in my area have pros and cons (lots of cons -__-), but ultimately, i have made all my purchases from petco, as it is , to the best of my knowledge, the lesser of the evils. anyway, here is the rundown on my LFS conditions :)
unfortunately, my walmart does sell fish. from what i can remember (dont go there often, and never bought fish there) the fishy conditions arnt HORRIBLE like what some people have described, but still not the best.
my petco is a mixed bucket for me... on the one hand, i definitely trust them more than walmart. but sometimes i go in there and the bettas in particular are just totally unacceptable. the last fish i got there, i didnt even plan on getting a fish that day. i got her because i felt so bad, because she had dark mold growing on the bottom of her tank. she is doing much better now, shes more responsive and everything, but it makes me mad that it ever got that bad without someone taking care of her. but at te same time, when i got my male his tank was completely clean, he was relatively active. i think he must have been part of a new shipment...
i also once found a dead rat in one of their cages, and all the other rats were trampling it, while two kids were sitting there watching ( that was honestly the part that made me the maddest, because the rat did look old and could have died from natural causes. but it also had to have been there a while, it was nearly trampled flat, and the little girl started bawling when she realized it was dead)
there is also a locally owned store in town, but i have avoided going there for the most part so far, because i have always had bad customer service experience/bad reviews from friends and family that went there, but i havent been in a while so im planning on checking it out again sometime.
i actually havent been back to the fish sections of any of these stores since i have done the majority of my research on tropical fish(which is why i didnt say even more lol) but now that i know more of what to look for i will definitely be taking a close look at the conditions of all 3.
and finally, sorry this is so long
this is just something im pretty passionate about, and it would be nice to talk with like-minded people about it for a change (most of hte time when i get all uppity with people about fish conditions, they look at me weird or ignore me...