10-14-2013, 02:05 AM
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I wouldn't say your local pet stores are anymore honest than the big chain stores. I recently was given a 55 gallon tank. I had set it up, but had not put any fish in it yet. I was at a local pet store looking to see what they had. in the process of talking to the owner, cycling the tank had come up, and she told me she didn't care what i read on line, you only need to have it set up 2 to 3 days and then you can stock it. After she convinced me of this, i went ahead and got some fish (without really researching what was compatible together) and took her word on what fish would be good tank mates. (my first time doing a community type tank) She ended up selling me 2 angel fish, a male beta and a plecostomus. after getting them in the tank, i began googling the fish to better be able to take care of them, and discovered the beta and angels are not really compatible. fortunately so far, the angels and the beta seem to be pretty non aggressive towards each other. the beta nipped at them for the first 3 or 4 hours, but now they seem to stay at the opposite and of the tank, even when i feed them. Any way, i guess my long winded point is, even localy owned and run pet shops will tell you what you want to hear as well just to get your money.