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post #21 of 24 Old 01-11-2011, 03:15 PM
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I don't usually mind when the LFS near me overstocks a little because they turn over inventory pretty quickly.

As far as petco/petsmart goes, the only time I buy there is when they have something on sale for really cheap like $.99 plants or if they happen to get a fish in that nowhere else has. Even then I am very leery because of how the fish are kept. I do occasionally enjoy asking them a question and watching them make up an answer though.
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post #22 of 24 Old 01-11-2011, 03:48 PM
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Do be careful, just because its a mom and pop store doesnt mean that A: They know what they are talking about and B: they wont try pulling the wool over your eyes if they think they can get away with it. I have found numerous stores over the years where I have played dumb and heard all kinds of whacked out things. My friend was a newb in saltwater aquariums an a local store knew this and took advantage of her by selling her a rock with a bunch of fast growing anemonies<cough cough> aiptasia lol. Once they know you and know you have a clue they tend to be more on the up and up.

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post #23 of 24 Old 01-11-2011, 04:11 PM
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Do be careful, just because its a mom and pop store doesnt mean that A: They know what they are talking about and B: they wont try pulling the wool over your eyes if they think they can get away with it. I have found numerous stores over the years where I have played dumb and heard all kinds of whacked out things. My friend was a newb in saltwater aquariums an a local store knew this and took advantage of her by selling her a rock with a bunch of fast growing anemonies<cough cough> aiptasia lol. Once they know you and know you have a clue they tend to be more on the up and up.
This is why I always suggest making yourself visible at the LFS. I go in at least once a week, sometimes twice. This seems ridiculous to some, but when I go in they always ask me about my tanks, how the last thing I bought is working and what I am looking for this week. It also pays off because you tend to get deals just because they know you are coming back. Just yesterday I got a dense baseball size chunk of java moss, about 5 times the amount they sell normally, for like $6. This has happened a few times just because they know I spend my aquarium $ there.

Edit: BTW bluetangclan is now my favorite username on the board.

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post #24 of 24 Old 01-12-2011, 10:37 AM
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Ohh the good ole fish store...sigh...

tbh..I still do not know much about fish but boy oh boy did they see me coming!!!..started out as 3 guppies in a tiny tank for my daughter...then into a two foot 70L full of Mollies/Platties....each tank = DEATH!!

Not at any stage of the tanks was I told about cycling, pH, anything at all...Then one of my platties got cotton mouth and I was told that a fish with a white mouth would look 'cute'...urmmmm....nothing about diseases or anything....I had a tank full of dead fish within three days..apparently this was just 'unlucky'.

So I started to google and learnt what cotton mouth was plus other things...and decided to put african cichlids in my tanks (70L)...so I went to the store, still not realising that they were idiots and asked how many cichlids I could put in my 2ft tank and I was told about 8...so I just got 8 fish...which cost around 300 dollars only to have them kill each other all within a week...

all up..id say that shop has about 1000 dollars of my money....and that was within 3 months. Never again.
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