Originally Posted by girlofgod
honestly...this is getting a bit frustrating...for someone like myself, who knows NOTHING really about setting up and maintaining a fish tank, i would like to believe that the people at the pet store who act like they know what they are talking about would steer me in the right direction as far as cycling and setting up my tank and adding fish, etc, so as to minimize any fish loss and frustration. its pretty bad when three different stores all give you different advice..what am i to do if now i cant even trust my own fish store??! why are these people who dont really know what they are doing allowed to give innocent people like myself bad advice? and how do they get hired? and where should i go to get the RIGHT advice? should i check out a book or something? but how do you know that the info in the book was published by someone who actually knows what they're talking about? im so frustrated at this point...anyways....any thoughts?
Bri, I understand your frustrations. You're not the only one given bad advice. Almost all hobbyists encountered this during the start of their hobby. I, too, encountered it. Fatal, isn't it?
The best way you can do is keep asking questions from the experienced members or friends and understand what you read in the book. Not all books are reliable anyway but you can always ask from us.
We are here to help you, Bri.
As for the lfs, every lfs is the same.
They have one thing in common: money/corruption. The money corrupts them and they are blinded by it. Instead of helping beginners, they just steer them to buying more fish until the beginner becomes frustrated that he/she will keep shouting to others that fishkeeping is not worth it. Best not to believe this tantrum. Don't knock it 'til you try it.
There are countries who have the lfs staff receive training before getting a job in an lfs. Others don't care if their staff has knowledge or not.
If you'd like to ask advice from the lfs, be sure to know that they understand what they are talking about. If you don't get their ideas, then ask your experienced friends about it and verify if that information is true or not. If the advice turns out to be bad, shop elsewhere.
Breeders or specialists are usually the better sources for fish.
Good luck with the fishkeeping.