Originally Posted by onefish2fish
im not really a supporter of either petsmart or petco as i feel they sell animals just for profit with no interest in their care or much care of their tanks. dont get me wrong, some of them are better then others but the ones by me arent impressive. id rather support my LFS or an online store. i guess its my opinion and an entire new topic.
I would rather support my LFS also, and he is high on prices sometimes. But he also hooks me up. I just got a 135 gallon reef ready tank for $400.00, with all the plumbing and a Mag Drive 12 pump. He'll also float me the LR and is getting me a new 6' light fixture.
I shop at PetSmart when I need something. I needed a heater two days ago, so I ran ten minutes up the street to PetSmart. Sometimes out of necessity I need these stores. My LFS is about 40 min from my house (not all that local), but I won't put a fish in my tank that didn't come from him. And he has always given me a good price on fish.
I bought my protein skimmer online recently, along with a Hydor 2, a new 3' light unit and a check valve. Aquacave has the best shipping prices in my opinion, but Dr Foster's has the biggest inventory.
Online companies ship rather quickly, but if you're in a bind, do what's necassary. For testing Alk, Calcium and Phosphates, I think that you can wait the few days from Dr. Fosters. I hyperlinked it in an earlier post, but here it is again: API Reef Test Kit