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Old 11-16-2010, 12:56 PM   #11
 
I'm lucky, my nearest lfs is 10mins walk away and is the best in my city. The guys who run it are usually ok with thier advice, though i research everything on here before i go anyway
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Old 11-16-2010, 04:59 PM   #12
 
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touch wood.. im lucky i guess.i go to a lot of different lfs and so far i don't ask them questions in fear i get the wrong answer's lol
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Old 11-17-2010, 02:23 PM   #13
 
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I guess you can say I live in a small town with only 1 real lfs (the other is Walmart, and mine doesn't sell fish other than sick bettas). Unfortunately, my lfs is going out of buisness. Although it was not the best fish store, it almost brought tears to my eyes the first time I saw it for sale on the local real estate paper.

The best and closest fish store is a Petsmart 55 minutes from where I live.

I want to start a saltwater tank (the secret is out), but I don't know of a fish store within 100 miles of here (although there probably is one or two). Don't expect any saltwater tank pics soon because I still know relatively nothing about saltwater.

Don't take your excellent lfs for granted! They are one of the best things an aquarist can have!
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Old 11-17-2010, 08:40 PM   #14
 
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i was at this HORRIBLE pet store that i have seen literaly torture the fish there! one day, I, being ignorant, decided to buy a corydora. The guy grabs the fish then puts it on the desk without having the bag ready with water or anything! so the fish is just flopping about in the net while he looks for a bag then fills it with water. im like 0_0 . then he rings up the price for the fish and has the ordasity to ring it up as an ADULT PLECO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! im like 0_0. like 10$ for it! im like thats not a pleco thats a corydora! hes laughs and goes look its a pleco ok. im like hmmm.... it has whiskers, bony sides, plumpy body and..oh yea... 1.5 inches long!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! oh yea its definately an adult pleco alright!!! but this was about 3 yrs ago and i hated confrontatiion so i payed the full amount... the next day it was dead and they dont do refunds....
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Old 11-17-2010, 11:11 PM   #15
 
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That is terrible! Are they still in buisness!? Man, that is annoying.

I hate to point out names but, one time I was at a Walmart that sold fish. I was noticeing in disgused all the ick outbreaks and dead fish everywhere. Someone was looking at buying a goldfish that looked half-dead from ick. I advised the person not to do so, and gave them the reasons.

I don't know if what I did that time was bad or not. I just don't want someone naming there new goldfish "speckles" or "sugar" or "table salt" or something like that and haveing the goldfish die a week later.

I just wish walmart took better care of their fish.
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Old 11-18-2010, 11:02 AM   #16
 
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Yes the place is closed thank God.
Its kinda of funny the ignorance of some that they'd call an ick infected goldfish salty or something XD when I was in petco, I was seeking to rescue some bettas... However Most were dead or horribly disfigured... A woman with her child were wanting to buy one and the boy joyfully chose one... I told her the symptoms the one they chose had... Sunken eyes, fin rot, mouth rot, red lesions along the body... Horrible. The employee said that's normal 0_o
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Old 11-19-2010, 08:51 AM   #17
 
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the employee was a turd what did you expect lol i would have slapped him sill.as for the pleco guy i'de go find the manager and make a scene there so everyone knows whats going on.then i'll go to a cafe and celebrate standing up for poor fish and shutting him down =)
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Old 11-19-2010, 09:26 AM   #18
 
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the employee was a turd what did you expect lol i would have slapped him sill.as for the pleco guy i'de go find the manager and make a scene there so everyone knows whats going on.then i'll go to a cafe and celebrate standing up for poor fish and shutting him down =)
Lol I soooooooooooooooooooo shoulda!!!
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Old 11-19-2010, 01:59 PM   #19
 
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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.

Walmart is not an LFS, its a mass merchant that happens to carry fish in terrible care conditions.
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Old 11-19-2010, 02:10 PM   #20
 
You cant "rescue" fish from a LFS, its actually better to let them die because it ruins the stores sales. If you buy sick fish, they will restock and get new fish ill.

The petco near me, now much improved, once told me that gold gouramis should always be kept in schools of 6 and that they would all fit in a 20 gallon tank. They also told me that i could keep as many fish in a tank as i want as long as the size they were purchased at fit the 1inch per gallon rule since fish "wont grow bigger than their tank allows." Thankfully, i was cheap and only got a couple of fish.
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