03-08-2011, 11:41 PM
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Sounds like you have awesome lfs where you are Kirkland!!!
Within a decent driving distance I have two...the first one has better stock with prices close to petsmart, but their staff can often be rude and hurried, yet fairly knowledgable. The 2nd one has an amazing staff that knows all, however their stock leaves a bit to be desired, and their prices are either really high, or amazingly cheap (usually cheap on fish that are normally pricey, and high on normally cheap fish...makes no sence). I choose to go to the rude one most times because they tend to have what I want at a better price, and also have more options on suppliers and can get me fish the other cant.
I often go to Petsmart for fish of the more common sort, like otos, albino cory, guppies, and such like that. I would never buy certain fish there, but others I feel okay with, like hardier breeds. And I have never had good luck with their bettas!!!
Petco seems to have more types of FW fish than petsmart, but I have never bought from them.
And I refuse to shop at Petland.
You are very fortunate to have good fish stores, as a lot of people get stuck with only a petsmart nearby.