11-16-2006, 03:32 AM
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Such a very long post.
I agree with everything you said.
I spoke to one guy in an lfs and told him why people never bothered to stop impulse buying and why his staff would not care less about fish rather than sending out plastic bags and nets. He replied that it's just business.
He's not very concerned with fish unfortunately. I visited his shop again after almost a month. I was surprised to see one 10 gallons tank which has 10 discus. I asked him how much are they worth and he told me if I want to buy them, I must buy the whole stock at 6000 pesos. Worth a bargain but examining his stocks further, 4-5 of them are quite weak. So why sell to customers the whole package with sick discus included? He should quarantine the whole stock before considering them for sale. The discus are sick and they should be allowed to recover rather than being moved to customer's tank whose water chemistry may hardly match thus stressing the discus further. Less stress if they were in excellent health condition. Worse, in a 10 gallons tank, there were 10 discus. 4 of them are 5-6 inches in size. The rest are barely 3 inches and most of those under 3 inches are in extremely weak conditions.
Honestly, I will never buy from him his fish. Just looking at his tanks, the tanks were quite small and most of them have the Motoro stingrays, large bichirs and arowanas. Worse, the 2 giant gouramis(which have now probably been sold) did not grow for almost 4 months based on my observation. It's odd that the gouramis seem to stay the same size and not even an inch of growth.
Moreover, I saw one guy being ushered by the owner to a tank full fo pearlscale goldfish. I heard him saying his tank is barely 30-40 gallons and he bought about 20 pearlscale goldfish. It makes me faint because goldfish are so messy and in a 30-40 gallons, it would be even worse. That owner talks like he knew about fish but he is not practicing what he is preaching.