Found another LFS
this weekend, one deffintly worth a look to anyone in the area.
Markheim Tropical Fish and Pet store
They have a wide variety of pets and supplies. Fish, both tropical and marine, many reptiles and amphibians as well as cats, rats and hamsters etc. Their tropical fish selection was extensive. All the tanks looked clean and the fish healthy with the exception of one tank had couple dead fish in the bottom, that tank was marked as "not for sale". Their SW
selection was much more limited, although it appeared as though they were setting up a few additional SW
tanks, they may be in the process of expanding their SW
Things I liked:
In their reptile area they had a tank/cage with about a half dozen baby turtles. It had a large sign that read, "Not for Sale" and discussed the legal prohibitions of selling turtles less than 4" in diameter and stated these turtles would be raised at the store until they were of size sufficient to sell, and there would be no exceptions.
I also noticed a couple signs scattered throughout the store exclaiming other federal prohibitions on "awarding live animals as prizes for a game" and denouncing these activities at fairs, carnevals etc and pleading for the reader to not participate at these games.
I asked a few questions i already knew the answers to to get an idea of the staff knowledge/intentions. The first fella I asked knew where to take me for what i was looking for but didn't seem to have much real world experience/knowledge. The second kid was a pleasure. He had a lot of information as well as some suggestions including some along the lines of "you could also try this other thing you can get for like 2 bucks at the dollar store to do the same thing" etc. Including a suggestion for my sister in-law to feed her new hairless rat "this brand" of dog food as it was about the same price as the "rat food" bag of seeds and equivilent nutrient analysis but you'll get much more value from it as the rat will eat all of it, rather than tossing aside the seeds it doesn't like from the mix.
I would whole heartedly reccomend this store to anyone within reach. Price wise they were typical of a LFS
in this region. One thing I was looking for was a mag 7, that they actualy had on the shelf, but they wanted $90 for it. i find it for $55 a few places on line. They even had Laterite sitting on the shelf. 20oz package for $9.99, a decent price and I was impressed they even had it on the shelf. again, a good store without any doubt.