STOP Walmart Fish Abuse
The Goldfish Sanctuary's guide to Compassionate Goldfish Stores
In all ways, the Goldfish Sanctuary supports only the highest standards
in goldfish care. If you intend to buy fish or supplies, it is of vital
importance to buy from a compassionate dealer. Not only will the fish
be healthier, stronger, and live longer, but you will also be
supporting the good care of goldfish.
Beware the pet store who cares only about profit! Some pet goldfish
are shipped in by the hundreds and kept in diseased, unhealthy
conditions. THIS THE GOLDFISH SANCTUARY ABHORS AND OPPOSES. Fish are
often kept in overcrowded tanks. It is the responsibility of the
compassionate enthusiast to never support these stores with their
purchase dollars. Do not buy your tanks from them, or your fish, or
your filters, or anything. Every dollar you spend at these stores is
going to be used to abuse more goldfish. If you need proof, just
notice how poor the color of these fish are. Notice how many dead fish
you find in these tanks. This is not good for the fishkeeper and is
certainly a living atrocity for the fish.
In fact, we encourage you to write to poor quality petstores to let
them know that you have decided to buy your supplies elsewhere. If you
do, Goldfish Sanctuary will proudly display your letter at this site.
Some goldfish stores keep their fish very well. Tanks are not
overstocked. Fish are well-fed. Fish are given comfortable, sheltered
tanks. Fish are cared for properly and quarantined. For your
convenience, some of the best stores in Rochester are listed on this
page. Always shop around! Even if you have to spend a little more, it
will make a huge difference in the long run, and the quality you receive
is likely to be better.
Rainbow Pets - These people are exceptional! Located in Brockport,
Rainbow Pets has better prices than anyone I've seen and also a very
humane fishkeeping policy. Rainbow Pets makes an effort to ensure that
pet buyers are taking proper care of the pets they buy. Tanks are
not bare and stressful for fish, but well-sheltered. Rainbow Pets even
treats their feeder goldfish humanely (not millions in a tank). I highly
recommend this place!
Tropical Fish Emporium - Auburn, NY... another fine store. TFE plants all
its tanks very well and you don't see dead fish. These fish
are given excellent care. Prices are very reasonable, and staff is
knowledgable. Good source of plants. Biggest fish store in Western New
A new store which does well in keeping its fish is Pet Life on Monroe Ave.
Prices here are very good. I recently saw a 10 gallon tank here for only
$5.99, and their prices in general are definitely competitive.
Al's Pet Shop is a small store which keeps its goldfish very well.
Supplies are limited, but the quality of fish care cannot be beat. Worth
checking out! Near Kodak.
Dolittle's Petstore is located in Webster and has a decent selection of
goldfish and related supplies. The fish are treated well and kept in
generously sized tanks. This store is definitely worth a look.
Finally, I should mention that Pet World does a pretty good job of keeping
its goldfish happy and healthy. They have many locations,
and an Aquashop down near Kodak. Fish are treated reasonably well.
Petworld does price matching, so if you see a good deal in a cheap but
bad store, Petworld will match it.
PLACES NOT TO BUY FROM
Whatever you do, DON'T go to PetSmart. They are terrible. They overcrowd
their fish (especially the feeders) and I've seen infected fish there on
many occassions. Their fish are also obviously stressed out and I've
seen dead fish floating in the tanks on many occassions. DO NOT SUPPORT
THEM WITH YOUR PURCHASE DOLLARS. You are just making it worse for the
fish if you do.
Walmart also sells fish, and keeps them badly. A department store can
obviously never offer the same quality of care as a regular petstore, and
this is evident in the case of Walmart where many dead or dying fishes can
be seen floating in the tanks. The only reason they sell fish is because
people are buying their supplies! So don't support them either. Stores
like Pet Life offer a great selection at very low prices, so there really
is no need to buy from inferior petkeepers just to save a dollar.
Thank you. Directions to these stores will be offered in the future... in
the meantime, please consult your local phonebook. If you know of anyone
who is starting out in fishkeeping, or is thinking of buying fish
supplies, please do your part and mention these quality stores and this