Apparently back in August of this year PETCO decided to “go blue” (link to their announcement) in their aquatics department. This “go blue” is being described as “PETCO believes in taking a preventative and healthier approach to maintaining a fishâ€™s health and home.” But what does this mean? Besides having a “flip-book” of information of 3 (Water conditioning, tank maintenance, and care solutions) at their stores PETCO announced that they would stop carrying fish antibiotics, effective August 10th, 2009. That’s great. The funny part is how they are pitching it:
Itâ€™s not often that a corporation as big as PETCO can say theyâ€™re going to â€œdo the right thingâ€, but thatâ€™s exactly what weâ€™re doing.Â We are going to help teach customers how to cure their fish through safe, healthy, and proven methods.Â Find your nearest PETCO store and speak with an Aquatics associate for more details.
What? PETCO is stopping the sale of fish antibiotics because PETCO is focused on doing the right thing? Wow. Great. I’m all for it. I’m sure PETCO would like us to drive over to our nearest PETCO’s and give them our wallets. But before we do that, let’s analyze the following picture:
Several of you have chimed into our comments section when we first raised issue with PETCO selling saltwater fish. Most of you agreed that PETCO totally sucks at taking care of and maintaining their saltwater systems. However, some of you say that “some” stores out there that don’t totally suck. So I have a homework assignment for you, go to your local PETCO and take snaps of their saltwater section and then send them to me (ryan DOT gripp AT reefbuilders.com). I’m curious as to how many stores really do suck and those that are OK.