Petco rescue....hate that place.

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  1. Mikeand Mel

    Mikeand Mel Active Member

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    Same....just didnt want to admit;Shy
     

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    ArowanaLover1902 Valuable Member SCAA Member Build Thread Contributor

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    I hate petco too, I'm not sure which is worse there, the rampant algae and disease or the totally improper stocking
     
  3. ReefJake123

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    Exactly
     
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    I don't know about tangs specifically, but I have successfully introduced species where you're only supposed to have one in the tank.

    For example, I have two Magnificent Foxfaces living together in a temporary 93 cube with other fish.

    What I did was get a large "breeding box" (if that's what you could call it) that suction cups to the inside of the tank and is made of clear acrylic with holes for water movement. It has a lid that flaps open on top so I had it at the top of the tank. I already had a large established Foxface and I put the new, small one in the box for 3 days and fed her in there.

    The other Foxface would come up to the box and try to attack the new one (with the venemous spines out and everything), but couldn't touch her. After 3 days, the large Foxface had backed off. All of the fish went up to the new one to check her out.

    Having them in the same tank so they can see each other, but separated, works great. When I added the fish, of course the established Foxface wasn't happy and annoyed the new one a bit, but only for a day. Now the smaller one follows the bigger one around the tank. I've done this same thing with wrasses as well. Once they get over the initial phase, and realize they still get fed a lot, and the new fish isn't a threat, they calm down. So emotional these fish :).

    Having a bigger one and a smaller one is also beneficial because the pecking order is already established. They won't go at each other for dominance.

    And being yours aren't the EXACT same species, it may work. It's worth a shot if you want to keep it. I realize keeping a Tang in an introduction box for a few days isn't ideal, but there has to be a way for them to be in the same tank without contact at first.

    Just my experience.
     
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  5. bdejong1112o

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    UPDATE:

    He is a few weeks away from completing QT. Looking good!!

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  6. Mikeand Mel

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    Thats awesome!
    Ironically I was in my local Petco yesterday and spoke with the mgr of the fish section, a young girl no more than 25 yrs old.
    Told her about this forum, specifically this thread, she proceeded to tell me on the forums she is on she refuses to read about Petco, as almost nobody has a good word to say!
    The reason I say this is while I was there the frags and fish looked great! She had one bank of tanks in blackout for an algae problem, she is constantly on these tanks.
    Maybe overall Petcos as a whole are less than ideal but, I wanted to give props to the people who do the best they can.
    Just my 2 cents.
     
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    The same thing I hear that tangs need 75 gallons or more yet I have a yellow tang a blue tang and a kole tang all in the same 55 gallon tank and they do just fine and in my opinion minimum tank size for fish is just based off opinion like the tangs only one tang is fit for 75 gallons or less but I successfully put three tangs in a 55 so it’s hard to even believe what people say because it’s based off opinion and experience and people told me I can’t have cinnamon clowns in my 13.5 yet I have 2 of those
     
  8. ReefJake123

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    And my cinnamon clowns and my yellow clown goby I just rescued this Friday from a petco they were torn up fins and skinny belly’s I ask the worker if I could see the clowns eat and he said no sorry we aren’t allowed to feed besides once in the morning when did this rule come into play bc all the other petcos I went to always let me see my fish feed before I buy them so these guys I bought off of literally no positive things except that they had beautiful colors so rn I just feed them some live brine shrimp and omg how much they loved it bring a tear to my eye I sat down for a moment and thought to myself this is why I do this hobby because I found that I can make a difference even if it is on only three fish i don’t know it’s just a wonderful hobby that no matter how much money I spend and lose i still keep doing it because it’s not he hobby it’s the beauty behind the hobby and that’s why I love it
     
  9. bdejong1112o

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    Last update for awhile.

    Tonight was introduction night. I made a quick acclimation box out of a little plastic reptile cage. This was 6.00 at the local pet store. Cut some slots in it with a dremel tool and it worked for the time i needed it to. Yeah, the cuts were sloppy and not straight but it let water in and out so it worked.

    Here he is in his little acclimation box. I held him in there for about an hour and watched the behavior of the other fish. They pretty much ignored it for about 30 minutes but then looked in and swam around but didnt look that interested.

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    So after about an hour I lowered the box so he could let himself in and out as needed. It took about 30 minutes before he swam out of the box.
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    He appears to want to be part of the group. There was some fin puffing and to be honest the foxface was the biggest jerk of the bunch. There was about 30 minutes or so of each one puffing up and standing their ground. The foxface "mouthed" him a few times but didnt look like he actually bit him. The yellow tang just sat there. He has quite a pair of balls that little guy.

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    So we will watch closely as the days go by to ensure that they settle in ok. I have a fish trap ready just in case he needs to be removed. I am hopeful that they will coexist. The tank has lots of empty open space so that should help.
     
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    I don't get that one at all. Petco is the most overpriced compared to the 3 LFS in my area that stock saltwater fish, and the fish are visibly less healthy (ie faded color, ich, cysts). My LFS certainly don't worry much about them given all the repeat business that they get and the number of complaints from customers about Petco. They do move some Freshwater fish (as does Petsmart) but the Saltwater fish sure aren't selling in a hurry at my local Petco.
     
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    I applaud the effort and intention of people wanting to give a fish a better life but....

    Every time you "rescue" a fish from a place like this you are merely condemning the fish on the next order to the same fate.

    Only when people stop buying them will the irresponsible stores quit selling them. Then, and only then, will you have actually saved anything, IMHO of course.

    Good looking tang, you have done a good job with it, best of luck!
     
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    took the words right outta my mouth.

    Petco doesn't care why you bought the fish. All they care about is money in their pocket. Sure, you saved the yellow tang. But what about the yellow tang they brought in to replace it?
     
  13. bdejong1112o

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    Yeah, I get the argument but he was there, I saw him and couldn't leave him there. For this one little guy he is in a much better place and he is loving the new digs. Second day and other than a little fin puffing here and there they are finding their own spots in the tank and are even lining up at the seaweed clip for dinner time. I am very hopeful that they will be long time tank mates.
     
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    The problem with petco is that petco policy doesn't give a crap about the fish they carry, they are all replaceable when they die, just keep the tanks stocked. The difference between good and bad ones is the one person working minimum wage who actually cares about the well being of the fish. If they want to go the extra mile then it shows in the fish. If not then you get a constant revolving order of fish to replace the weekly deaths. I'm glad for the ones who care and I wish there were more and I let them know that I appreciate the extra mile they take, also letting corporate know how good and valuable they are helps them keep going
     
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    I get it, sucks to see them suffering
     
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    Ok, couldn't resist a little video of out little yellow tang in the tank with his buddies. We named him Barney. Fits his attitude perfectly.

     
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    I’m big into rescuing coral from petco. Not as much fish I’m too scared
     
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    To me it seems like fish tend to "mouth" tangs a lot like you've said. My clowns will mouth my small (maybe an inch? Inch and a half) hippo tang when she gets too close or the clowns are upset. Never actually biting, just kind of mouthing.
     
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    Some recent petco rescues this week
     
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    These are all coral rescues from petco in the last month. Couldn’t pass them up once I convinced them to give me all 7 of them for the price of one before they died. I only lost one frag so here are my 2-3$ frags lol(the purple torch was a rescue a few months back.
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