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Old 02-21-2012, 12:49 PM   #1 
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Question Petco or Petsmart?

I'm most likely getting some new Bettas over the weekend but I would like to know where you guys think is best to get them, petco or petsmart? I know it depends who manages the place but I would just like to know your guys opinion.

So far I'm thinking petsmart because I really don't like the conditions petco keeps there Bettas in.

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Where would be best to sell Bettas at? Might be breeding my male (I think Iys a male) Betta soon so I'm just wondering.
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Old 02-21-2012, 01:00 PM   #2 
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It really, really depends on the store. I went around to the various Petcos, Petsmarts, and other fish shops near me and looked at how they kept their fish and aquatic plants. I looked for dirty water, dead/ill fish, etc. I liked the Petco near me the best and that is where I got my betta.
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Old 02-21-2012, 01:08 PM   #3 
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All right. Around here there's a LOT of dead fish by the end of the day at our petco :/ I've gone there right before they've closed and half of the fish are dead, I haven't had much of a better experience at petsmart either that's why on asking peoples opinions
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Old 02-21-2012, 01:17 PM   #4 
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I got my first male betta at a family owned business called Whitey's. Then I got my three females at Petco. Then two more males at Petsmart. At Petco all of their water dishes were clean and not on just that one day, I go almost every week on various days and they always seem to be very lively and their water clean. Petsmart on the other hand always had 1-2 fish dead :( and most of their water was always filled with their own poop and old food. This is my experience, hope it helps :)
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Old 02-21-2012, 01:28 PM   #5 
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Thank you :)

Hm.... Maybe I can look for another petco around here and see if it's better there or not... Or maybe I'll try the petsmart again...
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Old 02-21-2012, 01:44 PM   #6 
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Like people say it all depends on the employees as well as whoever supplies the fish.

I've found that the bettas at Petco are bigger with cloeaner fins while petsmarts fish are smaller with messier fins. Petsmart often has younger fish, but once fully grown they are still much smaller then the petco fish. I usually get my fish from petco.

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Old 02-21-2012, 01:51 PM   #7 
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All right, again thank you!
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Old 02-21-2012, 02:01 PM   #8 
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I would try some smaller, local pet stores as well! You can always call and ask if they have Bettas and what tail types they have and go from there.

I also go to my pet store when I know their getting in their stock! That way I get first choice, and there are a lot to choose from
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Old 02-21-2012, 02:35 PM   #9 
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As far as I know there's no smaller fish stores around here sadly >.<

I would LOVE to go on thursday when Petco gets in there shipment but my mom said we have to wait tell the weekend *rolls eyes* I'm going to, hopefully, drag her there tonight XD *goes off to clean room so I can convince my mom to take me tonight*
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Old 02-21-2012, 03:48 PM   #10 
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It really depends on the specific store. By home, Petco usually has nice fish, but by school I've found the opposite to be true. I love going to Petsmart on the day they get shipments in. However, I also find that this varies from shipment to shipment. Once, I went to the Petco by home, who usually has nicer fish, and there were some very, very ill fish. And once when I went to the petsmart near school, even after getting a new shipment in I was very unimpressed and I ended up buying a fish from Petco instead.

However, I've noticed that Petsmart prices tend to be lower across the board.
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