Earlier I went to a LFS
a was looking around when I came up to a "salesmen" trying to sell a Blue hippo tang to someone with little experience, a brand new tank (3 weeks old) and the size 29 gal
(I found this out later out in the parking lot). I listened while this guy told him this fish will be an outstanding addition to his tank and he will have no troubles. Then he went over to the Mandarin and wanted to take this too... Well, after the saleman was finished I steped in and said excuse me,I just wanted to say if you buy both of those fish you will be sending one to a slow death (the Mandarin) and the other may not survive very long eighter,if it does you will need to buy a tank 5 times larger than you have now. Well when I finished the store manager escorted me to the door and asked me NOT to come to his store again... Well believe me its no great loss... Anyway the guy doing the buying followed me out and started asking me questions... We talked a little while and he said I must have been doing this for a while. I said no not really just since September I said... The key is to read,read and read some more. I said if your daughter really wants a Nemo tank you can get some of them like the Clown , a cleaner shrimp and maybe a royal gramma because it looks like one of them but wait until your tank cycles, The next thing out of his mouth was whats that? cycle? cycle where. I asked him if he had a computer and if he did to go home and start reading. And stop at the nearest book store and get the book The Conscientious marine aquarist. its loaded with info I know I bought it too. He shook my hand and thanked me for saving his money and left.
Darn now I have to drive further for my salt...