Fish guru retired; new owner's clueless!
The owner of the fish store I learned everything I know from, has retired. Really sucks! The clowns who bought the store from her don't know anything about aquariums! I went in there last week to feel them out and I knew more about fish keeping than she did! I wanted to say: This isn't a book store lady, you want to stay in buisness, you've got to know what your doing and what your talking about.
Sadly that situation seems to be the majority. Maybe you can offer advice for store credit??
That would work out nicely :)
LOL! They have one employee that really knows his stuff, and they cut him back to 3 days a week! Of course the day I went in there he wasn't working. I don't like these new people, I really don't think they get it. They are just floating off of 26 years of hard work and great advice the original owners started. It will sink, especially in today's economy. The store itself looks like its already going down hill. There's dead fish in a lot of the tanks, the tanks don't seem as well taken care of. Really sad.
That stinks. It's really hard to find a great LFS :( I moved over an hour away from mine and there is nothing around me now except for one place that specializes in reptiles and birds - the fish are kind of an afterthought.
The only good thing is that the Petco that's about 1/2 hour away has amazing betta fish so that feeds half of my addiction :)
Thats sucks If that happened to my LFS,( which is great), I would be highly upset. Maybe the new owners will eventually do their homework and take better care of the fish and store.
That's just sad!! I have 3 Big Al's stores... two are about 35 min away and one is way north 1 hour away. I guess they must be franchises and seperately owned cause you sure can tell... they don't seem to even be the same company. One has dead fish in the tanks ALL the time, and the one way north is just too darned expensive!! The one in Newmarket Ontario is THE BEST!! They know if they send you home with nothing but advice, you will be back and purchase twice as much. Go home, read up and check it out and come back!
You are just gonna have to find out what that employee's schedule is before you trek on it. lol
Are they drunk and catch fish with their hands instead of a net?
Yeah... been there, seen that. Sadly the bet fish stores here are Petsmarts and Petcos. At least in my immediate area. I'm a half hour out of Boston so I know there has to be at least one good one, but so hard to find. Like a needle in a haystack. Most, as mentioned, seem to specialize in other animals and just have a few tanks of the common stuff (like neon tetras).
A lot of businesses are trying to cut back and cut expenses, but some don't realize what is wheat and what is chaff.
Part of learning is making mistakes, hopefully the new owners will realize theirs.
I'm lucky enough to have a few stores here in SE Michigan that I consider pretty good. There is one in particular that is about 30 mins away that has the best livestock of any store I have ever been to. I would honestly be devastated if they sold or closed. They are big tame fish guys so I'm not too worried.
I will never understand why people buy a pet/fish store when it isn't their passion. There is no one out their getting rich off fish, people do it because they love it.
I will never understand why people buy a pet/fish store when it isn't their passion. There is no one out their getting rich off fish, people do it because they love it.[/quote]
I completely agree, there's no point of doing it unless you love it. The fish bussiness is great one, but not a millionaries game.
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