Aquarium & Tropical Fish Site

This repository is for research only. New discussions take place in our current Tropical Fish Forum.

Archivarium 2004
Repository of our 2003/2004 Topics
 
  HelpHelp   Search BoardSearch Board   MemberlistMemberlist   UsergroupsUsergroups 
 ProfileProfile   Check your private messagesCheck your private messages   Log inLog in   RegisterRegister 
fish at walmart
Goto page 1, 2  Next
 Forum Index > Ads and Links  Search Board
View previous topic :: View next topic  
Author Message
nick000000
New Members


Joined: 07 Feb 2005

PostPosted: 2005.02.12(Sat)23:46    Post subject: fish at walmart Reply with quote

I am going to walmart tomorrow and to get some new fish. can anyone tell me all the fish they have at walmart
_________________
thanks for your replys
Back to top
View user's profile Send private message Send e-mail
SLACkra
Regulars


Joined: 06 Feb 2003
Location: Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

PostPosted: 2005.02.13(Sun)0:47    Post subject: Reply with quote

if you buy walmart fish you really must not care about the quality of fish you are purchasing. walmart really should be discuraged from selling any thing that is alive there just not good at it. that is my personal opinion. you would be better off going to a small petshop. a good way to tell if a shops a good one is ask one of there workers some questions about keeping fish that you know the answer too.

andrew
_________________
32g planted community
7.5g Nano Reef
1 four legged wonder napper
2 winged demons
Back to top
View user's profile Send private message MSN Messenger
debk
New Members


Joined: 26 Jan 2005
Location: Thunder Bay, on

PostPosted: 2005.02.13(Sun)10:16    Post subject: Reply with quote

At the Wal-Mart in my town they only sell fish that need a minumium of 40 gallons, most need 180 gallons so be careful and make sure you know what you are getting first.

DEB
_________________
1 ten gallon empty for qu, 1 32 gallon tank cycled with 5 peppered cories and 1 whiptail catfish
Back to top
View user's profile Send private message AIM Address Yahoo Messenger MSN Messenger
White Lightning
New Members


Joined: 13 Feb 2005
Location: Toronto, Ontario

PostPosted: 2005.02.13(Sun)10:40    Post subject: Reply with quote

SLACKra, it really depends on the store. One Wal-Mart had extremely good quality employees and fish, and a week later in a different one half the fish were dying and the employess treated me like an aquidiot. (Like my new word? aqua + idiot = aquidiot)
_________________
Niveus Levitas, Niger Phoebus
Back to top
View user's profile Send private message MSN Messenger
Doosharm
Regulars


Joined: 12 Apr 2003
Location: Raymond, NH

PostPosted: 2005.02.13(Sun)12:26    Post subject: Reply with quote

I agree with Flamethrower, not all Wal-Marts are bad. I used to work at a Wal-Mart and the department manager was very good with the fish. All of the tanks were clean and the fish were healthy. Thats more than I can say for some of the LFS's around here.

Anyway, to answer nick000000's question: The fish stock in Wal-Mart is a constantly changing thing. They get in fish like they get in all of their other merchandise. Basically the people at the Home Office in Arkansas decide what the best sellers in that area are and then ship the appropriate fish to the store. For instance, one store around here has tons of apple snails while the one only 15 minutes down the road has none.

In general Wal-Mart has three sections, goldfish, tropical, and tropical aggressive.
The goldfish can be anything from a common goldfish to koi. I don't really know too much about them so I'll stop there.
The tropical fish are typically platies, mollies, swordtails, cories, neons, gouramis, CAE, and plecos. Those seem to be universal in my area. I have also seen many kinds of catfish, tetras, barbs, etc.
For aggressives they typically have mixed African cichlids. I have also seen Oscars and Red Bellied Pacus.
Other things you may find are assorted snails and maybe some ghost shrimp.

But, like I said, each Wal-Mart is different. And although not all Wal-Mart stores are bad, many of them are. Most of the employees that work in a Wal-Mart are not trained on how to handle the fish. It's not about the fish, to them, its about the money.

And just as a warning, the little information tags are typically wrong. They often give the wrong common name for a fish, show a maximum size that is WAY off, say that they are not aggressive when they are, etc. It is best to learn about the fish FIRST and then go shopping. You can't really rely on what the workers tell you, nor can you rely on what the info card says. The same is true for some of the LFS's you might go into.

Once you know something about the fish you can tell if it is healthy or not. Take your time and shop around. Buy the healthiest fish you can. It'll save you time and money in the long run.
Back to top
View user's profile Send private message Send e-mail Visit poster's website AIM Address
Syno
Regulars


Joined: 26 Oct 2004
Location: Manchester, United Kingdom

PostPosted: 2005.02.13(Sun)15:02    Post subject: Reply with quote

I agree with Slackra, don't buy your fish from Wal-mart. Go to an Aquatics store (which specialise in selling fish). In most cases you will get better quality fish, and better advice. Wal-mart and similar stores should be discouraged from selling fish.
Back to top
View user's profile Send private message
jbtalt6
Members


Joined: 14 Dec 2004
Location: Middle Georgia

PostPosted: 2005.02.13(Sun)16:55    Post subject: Reply with quote

I disagree with SLACkra and Syno, and I'm suprised that they would answer the way they have.

SLACkra you are the first to jump on someone when they exhibit signs of being a "Fish Haver" rather than a "Fish Keeper". I would think you would be the first to recommend buying fish from WalMart so that the fish can be bought and put into a healthy tank and not live their life in misery in a WalMart tank. Doesn't that make more sense??

nick000000

My advise to you would be go to WalMart and look at the selection they have. Make yourself some notes on which ones you like, come back home and do some research on compatability, and then make your decision.

If you already have an established tank with other fish, make sure the ones you select are compatable. Also, if you have a quarantine/hospital tank, it would be advisable to put the new ones in there for a period prior to placing them into your established tank. Good luck

JM2C

J.B.
_________________
Back to top
View user's profile Send private message
White Lightning
New Members


Joined: 13 Feb 2005
Location: Toronto, Ontario

PostPosted: 2005.02.13(Sun)18:14    Post subject: Reply with quote

However, at some wal-Marts you really can't see the selection, because many wal-Marts mislabel their fish. (I once saw a pencilfish labeled as a zebra danio. I'll admit the patterns are a bit similar, but... Rolling Eyes )
_________________
Niveus Levitas, Niger Phoebus
Back to top
View user's profile Send private message MSN Messenger
@-McP
Regulars


Joined: 24 Jul 2004

PostPosted: 2005.02.13(Sun)18:48    Post subject: Reply with quote

thats why you go and research after looking and then go back and buy what is a logical purchase. I'm not saying I've never made an impulse buy but 90% of the time you regret them. but then again there are the times when you can go and see a fish, find out that it is mislabeled and get one heckuva a deal on it because the workers don't know the difference between a danio and a cichlid Wink
Back to top
View user's profile Send private message MSN Messenger
Doosharm
Regulars


Joined: 12 Apr 2003
Location: Raymond, NH

PostPosted: 2005.02.13(Sun)18:56    Post subject: Reply with quote

Quote:
but then again there are the times when you can go and see a fish, find out that it is mislabeled and get one heckuva a deal on it because the workers don't know the difference between a danio and a cichlid


I've seen that happen a number of times but I wasn't on the clock at the time so my lips were sealed. The person buying the fish knew what they were getting but the person selling it had no idea.
Back to top
View user's profile Send private message Send e-mail Visit poster's website AIM Address
Display posts from previous:   
 Forum Index > Ads and Links All times are GMT - 6 Hours Search Board
Goto page 1, 2  Next
Jump to:  
  You cannot post new topics in this forum
You cannot reply to topics in this forum
You cannot edit your posts in this forum
You cannot delete your posts in this forum
You cannot vote in polls in this forum


Powered by phpBB © 2001, 2008 phpBB Group

oF <=> oC in <=> cm G <=> L