09-18-2010, 04:19 PM
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Originally Posted by badxgillen
the sad fact is you have little options...its easier to find specialties online but you cant personaly see what you get..and shipping is painfull....the large chains rarely have a good staff of knowledgable persons and few of them care about the lively hood of creatures wich are not mammals...the locally owned fish store has its own pros and cons as well...like hitting a dead wall when you have large animals like sharks gators lung fish and sting rays...even most zoos wont take them in...and i bet that the pet store is just making do with what is available...once again you are verey limited in this department...it is tough to diferentiate between the differnt evils...use your judgement....sometimes it is a no win scenario..unless you know the local breeders....ADIOS....
Online is a good place to get fish, but you are correct that shipping is a PITA unless you are getting a lot of fish, going priority, or doing a group order. There are good and bad places to get fish online, I will only order from two people in complete confidence. Last time I ordered I did not even see pictures, it was just a name and a price, but like I said I have a lot of confidence in the people I order from. Local breeders are great. I don't and will not buy from a shop again. The fish I really want are hard to come by in shops and often highly priced, and die quickly. They also are not available from the local breeders. I pick what I like best from the local breeders and auctions. Local fish are very cheap compared to store prices, much better in quality, and always breed very easily.