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Old 05-16-2005, 07:36 AM   #11
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A beautiful fish! But looks like he belongs more in the New England Aquarium! Best to return him right away, say LFS didn't know what he was selling. Sounds like the LFS could definitely use a lesson here. (He should actually appreciate the info!)
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Old 05-16-2005, 08:49 AM   #12
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Here is the reply I received from my lfs. And now that I see it in print, he did tell me basicly the same thing when I was there.

"Yes, that's the fish; however I don't necessarily agree with their description of ultimate size?? or that they are difficult to keep. We've kept them right along, and are a very popular fish...... and relatively easy to care for. Nevertheless, you're certainly welcome to trade it in if you so choose"

So I'm going to keep it for a while and see how it progresses.
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Old 05-16-2005, 11:04 AM   #13
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My lfs did the same thing to me yrs. ago, saying they were easy maintenance and would get along with everything...pffft! Never went back.
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My lfs did the same thing to me yrs. ago, saying they were easy maintenance and would get along with everything...pffft! Never went back.

Well I've done a bunch of business with this lfs. I do feel he is being honest with me, we all know that sometimes fish don't always behave in the manner expected.
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Old 05-16-2005, 09:58 PM   #15
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Sometimes they are referred to as Clown Sweetlips. But they are in no way related to clowns. They can be quite difficult to feed as well. As well as it gets almost three feet, and WILL eat whatever can fit into it's mouth.
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Old 05-16-2005, 10:46 PM   #16
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Sometimes they are referred to as Clown Sweetlips. But they are in no way related to clowns. They can be quite difficult to feed as well. As well as it gets almost three feet, and WILL eat whatever can fit into it's mouth.

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I understand that. However he has kept them before and never had one get that large or become a problem. I haven't mentioned the lfs name since it's one of our sponsors (and no guessing please, cause I ain't tellin), and has a very good rep. and has never steered me wrong. I was even going to buy a beautiful blue eyed puffer fish once, he jumped all over that one telling me how big it gets, what it eats, what you can and can't keep with it. I have been in his store many times, right at opening, middle of the day, right at closing, it's always the same, never have I seen a dead fish in his sw tanks (don't do freshwater), and all his fish are healthy, eating, and the devil to catch Anyway the deed is done, I'm keeping it for a little while anyway, if it grows to fast, gets too big, or starts eating everything in site I'll take it to him and trade it for something more approriate.

And yes you can call me crazy but the fish I get from him go straight into my tank, never qt'd one of his, never needed to yet .
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