Consumers are urged to be careful about the quality of aquatic products sold in pet stores, pet stores can be risky places to buy fish.
Here are the basics for keeping aquatic life product sales safe.
Keep your pets away.
Fish and other animals have very sensitive noses.
They can sense toxins in fish and even other foods, and they also can smell a fish’s scent.
To avoid that, store the product at a distance and keep your pets out of the way.
A safe distance is up to you, but most pets can smell fish smell at least a few feet away, says John Rizzo, executive director of the American Society for Aquatic Medicine.
You can also store your products in a well-ventilated area, he says.
Keep them dry.
Fish are omnivores.
The fish they eat are a mix of small fish, crustaceans and fish eggs, so it’s best to keep them well-hydrated.
But if your fish are stressed, they will have less appetite and less energy, and you might want to limit their exposure to air and water.
Store in a safe place.
To prevent the fish from eating your product, store it in a cool, dark place.
This means a drawer in the basement or behind a closed door, Rizzow says.
If the product is packaged in a plastic bag, seal it and store it outside the area.
Store at your own risk.
Be sure that the fish you buy are free of parasites, disease and parasites that can be passed on to other fish.
And be sure to store your product in a place that is free of humidity, heat and other environmental hazards, Ritz says.
Keep the product clean.
Use a product cleaning solution that is formulated to keep fish from contaminating the product.
For example, a fish shampoo may contain glycerin and alcohol to clean the product, and the solution can be washed off with soap and water or placed in a dishwasher.
But don’t use bleach, a disinfectant that can cause skin irritation and skin damage, or a bleach-based shampoo, which can damage the skin, Rizo says.
The products also need to be cleaned every day and stored at room temperature.
To wash products, use a soft cloth, and rinse them with water and a clean cloth to remove the product’s impurities, Riazo says, and then store them in a dry, dark location.
Store products in airtight containers.
When buying products from a pet store, make sure that you are using a well ventilated area that can support the weight of the fish in it, says Ritz.
Ritz also suggests that you store your aquatic products in an area with a well maintained air-tight container, like a container for your fish or a fish tank.
This will prevent the water from getting to the product and causing the product to deteriorate.
Rizow says it’s also important to keep the product away from your pets.
The product should not touch the skin of the animal, he explains.
If you are concerned about your pet’s reaction to the fish, Razzo recommends using a soft, non-toxic solution, such as lemon or apple cider vinegar, to wash the product off.
Keep fish safe.
If your pet is a fish-only, aquatic life-products retailer, Rios says it may be wise to make sure there are no parasites, parasites that affect other animals, or any contaminants in the fish or fish products that you sell.