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This is a discussion on First Aquarium within the Freshwater and Tropical Fish forums, part of the Freshwater Fish and Aquariums category; --> Originally Posted by LasColinasCichlids Sounds like you have awesome lfs where you are Kirkland!!! Within a decent driving distance I have two...the first one ...

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Old 03-08-2011, 11:09 PM   #61
 
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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.
I get food and some other resources from the local petsmat/petco but all live animals come from the store. I've talked to the local "pet store" people before. I found them very unhelpful. As to "rude" store owners, I've found they are rude because they know what they are talking about
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Old 03-08-2011, 11:25 PM   #62
 
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I get food and some other resources from the local petsmat/petco but all live animals come from the store. I've talked to the local "pet store" people before. I found them very unhelpful. As to "rude" store owners, I've found they are rude because they know what they are talking about

Unfortunately the rude employees know very little, and look as to still be in high school. Its a very well established fish store in the metroplex, but they seem to pride themselves more on SW vs FW knowledge. I actually had a guy talking to me about cichlids who had no clue what dither fish or target fish were...if you are going to talk cichlids, that is something I would consider something of the need to know. I thought only Petsmart employees were clueless like that.

When I went in last week to get a betta...the guy was so rushed, he bagged the wrong betta...I asked for the black one with the baby blue tail, and he pushes me out the door with a blue and red one that looked like he had be fought and returned!!! I was mad, but kept the betta, reluctantly.

Sadly, I find most people at any place selling pet supplies to be unhelpful and a waste of time. I like to research ahead of time to avoid any confusion from incorrect information they might want to try and give out.

And I cant stand to be in the live fish section at Petsmart and hear one of the employees answering a customer's questions with the WRONG information and acting like they are right...I usually pull the customer aside afterwards, inform them of the correct information, and urge them to research it so they know they had received incorrect information!

I mean, I have had Petsmart employees tell me that its okay to just set up a tank, let it run with water for a week, and that it would be fully cycled and ready for fish after a week....um, I think NOT!!! LOL
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Old 03-09-2011, 09:18 AM   #63
 
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ya, I've got one of those aqueon filters in our brackish tank in our aquatic biology class. I just don't get them! The pads get all brown and slimy, and they sell replacement pads, but I feel if I replace it I'll be throwing the bacteria out the window!
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Old 03-09-2011, 03:31 PM   #64
 
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So I was wondering about my Corys diet. So far they seem to be ok with the flake food at the bottom but I want to make sure their eating enough. Should I get them some kind of pellet/wafer food that sinks? Their a little over an inch long.

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Old 03-09-2011, 03:43 PM   #65
 
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I would give the algae wafers mine love them.
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Old 03-09-2011, 07:23 PM   #66
 
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I would give the algae wafers mine love them.
Thanks! I'll go get some for them
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Old 03-09-2011, 07:30 PM   #67
 
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No problem.
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Old 03-09-2011, 08:58 PM   #68
 
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I went to the store and got some algae wafers and while I was there I thought about adding a little sand on top of gravel in the tank. Is this weird or wrong somehow? I thought the Corys might enjoy it so their barbels would have something soft to dig in. I got enough for 5 gallons so it's not that much compared to the tank but I didn't want to put it in yet incase something would be wrong.

Thanks for your help/opinions
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Old 03-09-2011, 09:27 PM   #69
 
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I would not put it on top as it will gradually work its way to the bottom. What you could try if you like is move the grave to one side and put the sand on the side without the gravel, or I have also seen the gravel split with some on each side and the sand in the middle.
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Old 03-09-2011, 09:51 PM   #70
 
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I would not put it on top as it will gradually work its way to the bottom. What you could try if you like is move the grave to one side and put the sand on the side without the gravel, or I have also seen the gravel split with some on each side and the sand in the middle.
That's kinda what I had in mind. Thanks for the input.
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