Okay, my .02 and take all this with a grain of salt. On two recent Saturdays I recently traveled to dozens of the LFS
's in the Dallas/Fort Worth area. Two of the best stores were owned by asians, extremely high quality livestock and corals and crystal clear water and cleanliness. Several of the other stores were mini-chains and just sucked. You pretty much know within 5 minutes if you would buy livestock from any particular store or not. Seems to me the sole proprietorships are the best places in this hobby. I have a good one in my town, but just one.
Fast forward, my local reeef club president and friend told me about a horrendous encounter he had in Petco. A lady was interested in saltwater and had a shopping cart full of equipment, salt, tank and so forth. She asked the sales lady if she had everything she needed and then went over to pick out some fish!!!!!!!! The lady said loolks you're all set and proceeded to bag up some fish before my friend interviened. CRAP!!!!
Can this horseshit really be true? Thank goodnesss he was there.
Brenden, you did the right thing, as ignorant as I am I'll spend the time to research the animals requirements.
BTW - on rant - our local reef club president I mentioned is truly into reef conservation and coral fragging and local swap meets. More power to him. We can enjoy this incredible hobby without destroying the environment. As a matter of fact, we can preserve the reef if we become educated and cooperate.