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Fish should only be sold in PetShops!
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Andrew Beard
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PostPosted: 2005.01.31(Mon)15:54    Post subject: Fish should only be sold in PetShops! Reply with quote

I was at the market store and I passed the "fish section" to see a horrible display of care. Half of the fish had Icth( I'm not sure how it's spelled )and didn't seem to be medicated. There were also a lot of floaters and they had fish who arent even supposed to be together in the same tank! There were children who were tapping as hard as they possibly could on the glass! What a shame. Thats all I can say....
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PostPosted: 2005.01.31(Mon)23:05    Post subject: Reply with quote

I gave up entirely I used to yell and lecture people. but now I can barely find the strength to get outa bed in the morning let alone do any sort of protesting. don't get me wrong I totally get sick and disgusted when I see the treatment of fish and animals in general . But what can one do about it nobodie cares as long as they make a dollar. Sad
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LunarFlame
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PostPosted: 2005.02.01(Tue)5:24    Post subject: Reply with quote

Unfortunatly, a lot of the pet stores I have seen aren't any better.
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benedictj
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PostPosted: 2005.02.01(Tue)7:26    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yeah, I agree with Lunarflame on this one. I have seen some small mom and pop fish only operations that were atrocious. Fish with columnaris in tanks for sale, I saw a set of small single fish display cases the other day with what appeared to be the skeleton of a goby in it, that skeleton was literally without any visible flesh. There were no fish there to pick at it, it must have rotted for weeks. (Needless to say I beat feat out of their quickly).
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LunarFlame
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PostPosted: 2005.02.01(Tue)11:49    Post subject: Reply with quote

I posted a while ago about the huge amouts of dead fish at our new pet store in our area (its a very popular large chain). The tanks were green and there were tons of dead fish in the tanks.. molding and rotting. I went there again a week later, and there were still dead fish floating everywhere..blah!
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Andrew Beard
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PostPosted: 2005.02.01(Tue)15:20    Post subject: Can anything be done? Reply with quote

Arent there regulations that prevent such treatment. Especially with the Siamese Fighters. These poor fish are the worst case of animal abuse. Stocking them on top of each other in small containers! What kind of life is that.
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LunarFlame
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PostPosted: 2005.02.01(Tue)15:40    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yah, it's really awful.

The bettas at the new pet store are in little cups that are attached to the wall, so they aren't on top of eachother.. but still, all the dead fish in the tanks are disgusting.
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Cory
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PostPosted: 2005.02.01(Tue)17:11    Post subject: Reply with quote

All the fish stores I have been to in London (and there are rather a lot) tend to have well kept tanks, generally good advice from staff on how to care and bettas are always just kept in regular display tanks rather than little containers. I rarely see even a freshly dead fish or a diseased fish and the only time I bought some fish and they died soon after they said was probably stress and gave me a refund (this was at my LFS).

Maybe it's to do with the fact we don't have big stores like Wal Mart selling live animals, even the general pet store is dying out, most of the shops are specialist pond/aquarium stores.
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benedictj
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PostPosted: 2005.02.01(Tue)18:28    Post subject: Reply with quote

I think to some level you are right, Cory. The big chain stores here really kind of drag what is considered acceptable to an abismally low point, primarily because of price driven competition over service and care. I think they also complicate matters for a lot of small shop owners here who do care, leading them to bitterness and apathy.

Also, there are a myriad of other issues which lead folks here not to care about their jobs. Generally, pet shops here offer abysmally low rates of pay, not nearly enough to support some one who is passionate and smart enough to care about what they are doing. Therefore, you get the crappy service and the poor conditions.

I could go on and on here, but I won't. I'll just say that in some ways the conditions in some of the shops here in the US are truly a microcosm for some of our biggest problems as a country and a culture. Just my 2 cents.
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PostPosted: 2005.02.02(Wed)2:06    Post subject: Reply with quote

big chains are basicaly little take advanage of people shops. I actually decided to test on of the people at one of the popular chains. acording to him the 3" long oscars got about 4" long. I was holding back the urge to go super rant.(I was 14 at the time and demanding to see the manager would not have been well smart) I just stay far away from big chains. the pet stores I go to in australia all seem to be OK there is one chain of small pet stores that I don't like(bettas in mini containers and they do the whole have nemo as a pet thing and they have no knowledge). I have also seen at this small market some one selling goldfish. poor things didn't seem that unhealthy(probably put in a proper tank when not at the market hopefully) but what really annoyed me was at this fair thingy that happens in melb. there was a shop selling goldfish as little pets. you get a little plastic tank some gravel, a fake plant and a goldfish. the goldfish were healthy but what about filtration common! the only decent thing was this sign which said get your goldfish when to leave to make sure it stays healthy. my little rant

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