I've been struggling to find a decent LFS
, and this is a decent sized city. But, there's a Petsmart or Petco literally every 5 miles here, and with the rise of online ordering that allows web stores to carry such a wide variety of stock, I'd imagine a LFS
often just can't compete, especially for saltwater invertebrates or corals that require quite specific tank parameters. It is kinda sad, especially if the LFS
was actually knowledgeable and helpful. The good news is that there are large web-based retailers that can be just as helpful and knowledgeable, but I do miss being able to wander around an actual store and see the tanks and fish, getting new ideas if nothing else.