I just had a bad experience with a lfs
and with a little info from an employee, I now know why. Question is, what to do about it (other that not use them anymore). I don't want to get him fired.
I recently bought 2 heni butterfly fish, they were to be the 2 final fish for my system. I put them in qt
and the first died 24 hours after I purchased him, they replaced him. The replacement died 3 days later. It developed a bacterial or fungal infection, was never positive. The other hung on for a couple weeks, but just died today from starvation. (he was eating like a pig when I got him). Now mind you all these fish looked healthy and were eating when I brought them home, except the first. He had an abrasion, I thought I could clear it up.
I have at this store befriended one of the saltwater employee and he told me off the record management expects that 50% of the fish from this supplier will die, yet they keep putting them up for sale. Most of these fish come from the PI where they use cyanide and the fish suffer from cyanide poisoning. I believe that is what the first and the last fish died from. Very cruel to the animals, and horrible for our hobby
Now I would love to take the owner to task over this, but do not want my friend to get fired. I cannot post the name of the lfs
because of this, but if you are in the area and would like to know, please email me and I will tell you who. Lets just say they have several stores in the area, may be a chain store.
The lesson is, ask as many question of your lfs
as you can think of. Have them show you the log of the incoming and outgoing fish. This should tell you where they came from and how long they have been there. Make sure they are eating (I did that). Put down a refundable deposit and
come back in a few days to see the fish again. I know to the seasoned veterans, this is not news. But for the new people, this may help.
I have learned my lesson. I went back to my original lfs
and bought a beautiful Heni. he is now in qt
for a week, looking great all fat and sassy.
Thanks for letting me vent.