Originally Posted by zof
Use drip acclimation, that way you can set a bunch to acclimate with out having to constantly add water, just set it then an hour later come back and scoop the fish into the tanks.
Just remember by using in tank filters now, you will save money up front, but one of your highest costs in any store is labor, if you think ahead now and spend a little more you can save yourself a ton down the road, from having to bring in other employees to keep up on the maintenance, plus the extra cost of running all the individual heaters and filters. Theres a good reason 90% of retail shops run sump systems on their tanks.
Also keeping the room temp high would work for a breeder but when you are trying to sell to in store customers its best to keep them comfortable so they don't walk out because the environment is too hot.
Also instead of building your own tank setups keep an eye on classifieds and other post sites for people selling the retail setups from closed shops, it will save you a ton of money and might look a bit better(its best if you start this way ahead of time so you have time to collect and find the amount you will need).
I like the drip acclimation and use it .This would work well in smaller shops.
Large chain store such as the Petco I mentioned,, receive large boxes (eight or more with twenty or more bags of fish per box. They are not inclined to place the number's of tubs for this method of accclimating, all about the area where tanks are located. Hence, my suggestion of adding some tank water to each bag over a period of time.
Some who ship fishes ship fish in bags with mild medication's, ammonia resins or powder's. antibiotic's etc.
By dumping two or three bags of fish into one tank as I have watched some folks at P--Co do,,they are adding much more pollutan'ts to tanks where fishes are under stress from shipping and also attempting to adapt (osmoregulate) to water's that may or may not be ideal and prolly very high in total dissolved solids.
Given the small display tanks at these stores, and large number's of fish inhabiting same,,they can turn toxic rather quickly.(bad,foul water)
I would keep fishes at lower temps to slow metabolisims down ,inhibit bacterial pathogen's that thrive in warmer tropical temps,and would feed fish maybe two or three times a week were it my shop but hey,,, that's just me. opinion's vary.