11-01-2010, 11:22 PM
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Talk to the people at the LFS's especially managers. Ask questions, tell them about your tank. You have to develop a relationship at a store you trust. They have acess to the same suppliers that online stores use. But, they will only order for you if they are sure you will show up and buy or if you are a money spender. I could never find South American Puffers in my area but now I can get one whenever I want because I have a working relationship with the manager of a local store. And I can get one for 7.99 instead of the 9.99 plus 40 shipping that is online. If only adult puffers could learn to get along I would have a tank full of them. If you can find a good store with a lot of stock and get in good with the people or person who places the orders you'll find your fish keeping experience much more pleasant especially if that store has a fish guarantee. It makes a big difference when you get into plants, unique fish, and live food and don't want to pay an arm and a leg.