There was some good stuff in my latest visit to Petsmart in Jenkintown. Their Fancy Goldfish section was excellent as usual, plus there were some other sharp looking freshwater fish.
Their Harlequin Rasboras were the nicest I have ever seen. The markings were spot on. If you could picture them the way you wanted them to look, it would be like the ones this Petsmart has. http://yhoo.it/pw5QVQ . There was a tank of gorgeous 4 inch Clown Loaches with excellent colors. These Loaches can get to be around 8-12 inches and like to be in schools of 4 or more. A big tank is necessary because of this, minimum 125 gallons for mature ones. You could always start a school of younger ones in a 75 gallon, but you will have to upgrade at some point. Their variety of 2-6 inch Fancy Goldfish was vast: Black Moors, Ryukin’s, Oranda’s to name some of them. Their large 6 inch Fancy Goldfish were a sight to be seen, there were around 5 of them. You could put a few in a 75 gallon tank which would look lovely.
Petsmart also had some decent looking live plants. There were some Crypts, such as the Bronze Wendtii, some Wisteria, and a small Java Fern. http://yhoo.it/qpZd8U. Java Fern is one of the hardiest plants out there. If you’re looking to put some live plants in your tank, you could start with that. Some other easy plants are Java Moss and most Anubias. Different plants need to be planted in different ways. Crypts do better with a good plant substrate such as fluorite or eco-complete. But can also be attached to rock or driftwood. Wisteria can be floated or the roots buried in any substrate. Java Fern shouldn’t be buried. One should tie its rhizome (part of plant that is horizontal and is attached to the roots) to a rock or driftwood, with a rubber band or fishing line. The roots should be touching the rock or wood some, so they attach to it (after a while). A Rhizome is mainly on Anubias and Java Fern. (It is on Crypts. but you can plant them in the substrate or attach to a rock or wood as stated before). One should get a co2 system for all plants, even ones that are “easy” and low light, it really helps. Read my previous article about live plants and co2 here http://exm.nr/o12KUE. The name of the game especially with live plants is to research. There is loads of information on the internet.
On a side note, Their 75 gallon tank with hood and light which is normally $229.99, was on sale for $199.99.
Petsmart in jenkintown has a little bit of everything. Even though I was already prepared for their Fancy Goldfish from previous visits, I was impressed again. They are a must see.