11-14-2010, 10:32 PM
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Originally Posted by small fry
Let me tell you my worst expirence with my lfs.
This is my secret and tragic beginning to fish keeping.
I had not even started fish yet. I was going to get fish. Here is what I 'knew' about fish; de-chlorinated water+filter+flakes = perfectly happy, heathy fish.
I went to Walmart and got a bowl and a filter. I explained the setup to the lfs manager. The manager let me walk out of the fish store with 2 fish for my filtered 1g bowl; 1 Colombian/Black Fin Shark (get 12" long!) and a pleco that was 6" long!
I promise the manager knew I had a 1g bowl!
Sad story goes, the pleco died the next day and the shark 2 days after. I had never heard of Ammonia or anything! When I went back to the lfs I got an "I told you so" from the manager. What!? "I told you so!?" The manager didn't tell me ANYTHING except how to feed them pellets!
My pet store is ok I guess, but that was the worst thing that ever happened to me when it comes to fish.
Your story doesn't have to be sad, but it can be if you want.
Wow, that is sad!
I haven't had too much bad luck with LFS's. There was one time I told the guy I wanted a JD and showed him the tank they were in (they were juvie fish). He told me, "Oh, those aren't JD's. Those are Green Terrors." Then proceeded to show me where the "JD's" were in another tank. Well, the ones he showed me were Green Terrors. I knew the other fish I had picked out were in fact JD's and had to tell him the difference between them. I wonder how many other people he sold the wrong fish to.