I'm not saying that it's impossible to get healthy GBR's from a LFS
, just, IME, improbable. I'm glad your experience has been different jchillin. I agree, plants and PWC
's do go a long way, but the stock quality has to be there too....obviously your LFS
got a hold of some excellent ones.
I also think that GBRs are one fish that needs a VERY mature tank. One that has been in continuous successful operation for a while. I think some aquarists (no one on this thread in particular) add them too early. I kept fish for over a year (in my 29) before I tried my hand at them, and I failed with the first set that I bought for my newer 55 (GBRs from my local LFS
....the ones with the healthy, tank bred angels). I mustered up all the patience I could find and let my bio-filter get way established (from tons of seed material & plants) and let the platies that I moved from my 29 get the tank well set. When I tried again, I skipped the LFS
and went straight to Aquabid.....that was 6 or 7 months ago and they're still very well and spawning all the time.
Gee, JDogg, I hope all this is helping you feel better....this is a very useful thread...as was jchillin's thread on GBRs.....great discussion.