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post #11 of 59 Old 10-03-2013, 05:43 AM Thread Starter
Well, the fish is in the tank and he is pretty happy. He seems to love swimming around, swimming through bubbles from the filter, and staring at his reflection.
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post #12 of 59 Old 10-03-2013, 09:18 AM
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It is sad that these big box stores (petco, petland, etc) will tell you anything that you want to hear just to make that sale. This is why i like the smaller LFS, at least the ones in my city. They will tell you what is good for the fish, not good for you.

Stay clear of this big box store and support your LFS instead. The prices may be slightly higher, but the quality of information is 1000x better than the minimum wage guy.
There are fish stores that do the same, so don't anyone just assume that they can be trusted either just because they are privately owned. Ask questions then check their answers - that's how you find out who knows what they are talking about and who doesn't.
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post #13 of 59 Old 10-03-2013, 11:11 AM
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There are fish stores that do the same, so don't anyone just assume that they can be trusted either just because they are privately owned. Ask questions then check their answers - that's how you find out who knows what they are talking about and who doesn't.
You are completely right jaysee. I guess I am a bit spoiled where I live. Only a city of 200k people and 3 LFS shops. Lukily all 3 are straightshooters. We also have 2 big box stores (PetLand and PetSmart) which I got bad advise.

It is funny how your perceptions of everything is skewed a bit just by having one or 2 bad experiences.
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post #14 of 59 Old 10-03-2013, 11:19 AM
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I have taught the owners of my LFS how to sex some of the fish they sell. I"m not saying that they are full of bad advice - I'm just saying that some are going to know a whole lot more about the fish than others. That's everywhere you go though.

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post #15 of 59 Old 10-03-2013, 12:35 PM
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hi guys
so many places and people say so many things,it can get quite tricky!
i swap between shops,as some members of staff really cheese me off
when i hear them talking rubbish to customers.thankfully i seem able
to get away with choosing and purchasing without question.

when you set up a new tank,hide an extra
sponge or two behind some decor,that way you have
something seeded for you next filter.
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post #16 of 59 Old 10-03-2013, 01:51 PM Thread Starter
I agree, its sad how people will do anything to sell something. Its not right.
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post #17 of 59 Old 10-03-2013, 02:00 PM
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it's rather scary i reckon,as some fish have the potential to reck havoc
in a community aquarium,and shops will still sell the fish .

when you set up a new tank,hide an extra
sponge or two behind some decor,that way you have
something seeded for you next filter.
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post #18 of 59 Old 10-05-2013, 10:43 AM Thread Starter
I think the fish hates me. I look at him, and it swims all the way to the other side of the tank. Im not that ugly... (glares at fish)
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post #19 of 59 Old 10-05-2013, 11:16 AM
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awww,don't worry,it's not you,
it's taken my tiger barbs just over a week to stop shooting away
every time i approach the tank,and finally realise i am the giver of the good stuff

when you set up a new tank,hide an extra
sponge or two behind some decor,that way you have
something seeded for you next filter.
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post #20 of 59 Old 10-05-2013, 01:18 PM
yeah it will take a little while my fish figured it out right away so now every time i walk in the room they all gather at the front of the tank and beg for food regardless if i fed them 10 mins before lol. if your tank is bare just substrate an thats it. it would ease the fish a bit to have some plants (real or fake) and some hidding spots as well.
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