Thanks, Mavis. That's the exact information I was looking for.
Here's more relating to my nearby LFS (not a chain, local business) located less than a mile from my home.
(Keep in mind that they consider themselves total pros)
They maintain two "plants for sale" tanks. Each tank has fish.
One houses bettas, in those lousy glass partitions that I think are just awful for the fish!! The other has two very large
angels. Both tanks also have numerous bottom dwellers.
I thought planted tanks were suppose to be fish "free" to ensure there were no diseases lurking: essentially clean,
pre-QT plants. Why would they stick fish w/ plants and
why would they keep bettas in such deplorable conditions?
They told me that the red tail tin foil barbs I was admiring would do just fine in my 100 gal, that they would only grow
to "fit" the tank.
They were selling a Pimelodus blochii as a Pimelodus pictus
. When I pointed out that I did not see a pictus in the tank
I was told, "Oh, it's right here, it's actually a four lined,
there is not a pictus in the tank".
When I asked about BioSpira they said they had never heard of it.
They do carry a great assortment of food at decent prices. The tanks are, from what I can tell, nicely maintained.
Oh, one last detail about this shop. As I was walking over to check out the Goldfish
"pond" out of the corner of my eye
I saw a floater on top of the water. The owner was quick to grab it and put the fish in his pocket(!) before I
reached the pond's edge.
I wish I had been quicker on my feet and said,
"HEY! What's that you put in your pocket ??"
Should I blow this LFS off and go to the highly recommended LFS (60 miles R/T in a Tundra, the price of gas
in San Diego? I know the answer is obvious but am
wondering if I'm being too harsh??
Doubt it, tho....