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Post  Sleeves on 2014-08-11, 14:16

I am Boycotting PETCO of Poulsbo.

I went into the store and an employee asked if I needed help.

I said I wanted some fish.

The employee asked what I wanted. I pointed to the tank which had platys and swordtails in it.

I said I wanted some platys.

she points at the swordtails and asks me "you don't mean these do you?"

I said " no I want the platys"

She says 'ok I want to make sure you know the difference between the 2"

I looked at her like she was crazy really who cant tell that a fish with s sword coming out of its tail in a tank that says swordtail isn't a swordtail!

I said it doesn't matter because I just need them to cycle the tank for my African cichlid tank.

She asked what will I do with the platys when I get my cichlids.

I told her they can eat them.

She then tells me that she won't sell them to me because patys aren't feeders.

Last time I checked this is America and I can do what ever I want with my $1.50 fish!
Why does a platy have a better life status and protection from the food chain than a goldfish does?

I walked out!

Enjoy your part time minimum wage job!
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Post  master chi on 2014-08-11, 15:22

Sorry but you shouldn't be feeding African Cichlids feeder fish anyways,Their digestion system does not properly allow the breakdown of so much animal protein.Because this is America businesses reserve the right to refuse service,your right to attain the fish now lies in the hands of a different purveyor.Have you read about fishless cycling? It is widely accepted as the superior option for cycling a fish tank

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Post  Aquarium Co-Op on 2014-08-11, 15:22

Sleeves wrote:
I looked at her like she was crazy    really who cant tell that a fish with s sword coming out of its tail in a tank that says swordtail isn't a swordtail!

You do realize all female swordtails don't have a swordtail right? And that all swordtails and platies in the hobby that have color are hybrids of Xiphophorus.

Sounds to me like a minimum wage employee was trying to offer some helpful advice. Which is isn't too common at these chain stores. It should be encouraged not belittled.

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Post  Missgrumpygills on 2014-08-11, 17:53

master chi wrote: Save the Platies campaign starts now
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Post  fishNAbowl on 2014-08-11, 20:46

If all else fails I have enough mature media to instantly cycle your aquarium. Or at lest seed it  Spot On 


whistle  oO { these people would hate me if they knew what and how many fish I fed my  Peacock Bass and WC Pike cichlid)
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Post  Madness on 2014-08-11, 21:00

^^^^  whistle 

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Post  hose91 on 2014-08-12, 00:31

The Kitsap LFS options are ridiculously limited, unfortunately.  I've found the PetSmart in Silverdale to have the bigger fish section, but actually I normally get pretty good service from the Poulsbo PetCo, although I would not generally buy livestock or plants from there because of potential quality issues.  I don't know about this instance, but there have been plenty of times when I'd have liked to see an LFS employee make a stand or at least tell a customer what I know to be the truth, rather than the standard "oh sure, that Pleco will be fine a 10G tank", or "no, no, those puffers wouldn't DARE nip the fins of that Betta.  The 10 of them will be fantastic in that 5.5 Nano we've got picked out for you up front.", etc.  

Sorry you had a crappy experience there, but it can be a loooong haul to the better LFS on the mainland, and Petco is OK for the dry goods normally!
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Post  Sleeves on 2014-08-14, 17:56

Yeah I order most of my dry goods from Dr. Foster and Smith or from That Pet Place.

I agree that PetSmart in Silverdale has the "best" option for livestock compared to others in our area.

too bad Farmland has had its problems, they used to have a real good selection and healthy at that
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Post  popss on 2014-08-14, 18:24

to peruse fish and mec stuff i go to bridges in snohomish, they have a very large selection.
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Post  hose91 on 2014-08-14, 20:14

Sleeves wrote:Yeah   I order most of my dry goods from Dr. Foster and Smith or from That Pet Place.

I agree that PetSmart in Silverdale has the "best" option for livestock compared to others in our area.

too bad Farmland has had its problems, they used to have a real good selection and healthy at that

I went into Farmland once, full of hope, but wasn't very impressed, unfortunately.  Not sure exactly what problems they've had, and would love to see an improved economy pump some life into their fish department, but I'm not very hopeful.  

popss wrote:to peruse fish and mec stuff i go to bridges in snohomish, they have a very large selection.

I've not yet ventured up to Bridges.  I'd have to Ferry across at Edmonds, and normally just drop into the Co-Op.  Next time I'm up that way, though, I'm definitely going to take a look.  Thanks for the recommendation!
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Post  Sleeves on 2014-08-15, 11:04



I've not yet ventured up to Bridges.  I'd have to Ferry across at Edmonds, and normally just drop into the Co-Op.  Next time I'm up that way, though, I'm definitely going to take a look.  Thanks for the recommendation![/quote]

Where is the Co-op?
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Post  ShortyKiloGyrl on 2014-08-15, 11:43

Oh man, at the very bottom of this page is a link that says Aquarium Co-Op Seattle Area Fish store. Click it. You must!! He is a forum member and his store has had nothing but good reviews! I will be making the treck 2.5 hours one way to get there!
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Post  Aquarium Co-Op on 2014-08-15, 13:26

Sleeves wrote:

I've not yet ventured up to Bridges.  I'd have to Ferry across at Edmonds, and normally just drop into the Co-Op.  Next time I'm up that way, though, I'm definitely going to take a look.  Thanks for the recommendation!

Where is the Co-op?[/quote]

On you way out of Edmonds towards I-5 or HWY 99. We are in Firdale Village. We're closer to the Costco etc than the ferry terminal.

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