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Old 06-01-2005, 11:02 AM   #11
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LFS's sometimes get a bad wrap. Guess I'm just lucky but, here in beautiful Huntington Beach, CA there are many lfs's. Some wouldn't know a marine fish from a lake trout but others are very knowledgeable and know their stuff.

You get to know who you can trust very quickly and I buy from them exclusively. I have three, out the 6-7 in my area, that I trust (bragging ). Just like finding a good mechanic; You get screwed for about a year and then you find the right spot.

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Old 06-01-2005, 12:46 PM   #12
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It's good to see another Iowan here!
No kidding! What part of Iowa are you from? I don't know anyone else doing sw, so other than this forum I'm doing this alone.
I have gotten a couple books, one of them is a sw fish "encylopedia" but it doesn't have any info on the fish I bought.

Anyway, thanks for the insight guys. I think I just may take the fish back anyway.....

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Old 06-01-2005, 08:37 PM   #13
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I'm in Ankeny in central Iowa. Especially in Des Moines salt water tanks are quite popular. I was lucky I had help from people who had tanks, and they helped me out when I first started. Not to mention this place which has been a tremendous help.

Their are several good books to read all of which you should be able to get at your LFS. The one I was talking about was "Marine Fish," and I'm not sure on the author at the moment. It's basically a small book for a quick reference. quide when you're fish shopping.

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