08-27-2006, 12:51 AM
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Hello, I guess I am an "LFS" (although I haven't got a clue what those initials stand for!!); I work part-time at a Petsmart store. We do not receive any type of training, unfortunately, but I 'hand picked' the job because of my interest and experience with all types of pets :) and, fortunately, I was offered employment due to my interest. Although I do not claim to be any kind of expert, I have had positive experiences with fish-keeping and find it to be a very rewarding (and addicting!!) hobby. Since your "LFS" gave you poor advice, I will tell you what I have learned from experience: get a bottle of the bacterial supplement which 'speeds up' and/or 'assists' the growth of the beneficial bacteria. Not sure if it is good advice or not, but from experience, I have never started a tank or 'upgraded' without using a product such as Cycle, or "Stability", and to date, I have not experienced fish loss. Just for the record, they do NOT tell us that at the pet store, but I tend to suggest it to customers because of my personal experience. Good luck to you :) .