04-29-2007, 12:52 PM
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I agree, and disagree with everyone here. I think some employees give really bad advice, and some give really good advice. Some just want to make money, and some are in it for the love of the hpbby. There can't be any generalisation here really.
One thing I will say though. is that I sometimes think that fish store employees are put in awkward positions. One time I was in one of the lfs's in my area a woman came in with ehr 2 kids and wanted an oranda, a black moor, and a small fish bowl. The guy obviously put 2 and 2 together and figured she was putting these 2 fish (which btw were about 3-4" at the time of buying them, so not even tiny fish to start with) and he advised her against it. He told her they'd get too big. He told her you can't just fire fish into a brand new bowl, he told her they'd probably die because of amonnia posioning etc etc and then in the very end he just couldn't talk her out of it. He then said "at least buy some Cycle and water conditioner for the bowl which doesn't guarantee they'll survive but will give them a better chance at least". At which point she then went on a rant that he was just trying to get more money out of her! I could hardly believe it!!! Many an employee would just have sold her the fish and bowl, and he tries to talk her out of it and gets accused of manipulating her into spending more money...
The one good thing that came of this situation however, was that the guy had had enough by this point and told her she wasn't getting the Cycle, she wasn't getting the water conditioner and she wasn't getting any bowl, or any fish either.