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Old 03-09-2012, 02:31 PM   #11
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I told the guy that I thought he was doing it wrong, but being a noob to this hobby, I wasn't comfortable debating him too much. I'll just go to the other LFS for water testing from now on.
That's too bad he should be helpful and understanding. If the LFS guy is a dud there are probably other employees you can deal with. After all they are being paid (by you) to help you. Sometimes in larger chain stores they won't have a true fish guy just a fish scooper. Try to go to local stores, like TheWonderfulWub said. Even if your drive is a bit longer, you will 'normally' get better help and better quality fish.

One more thing, be picky and take your time! Do your research before you go to the store and try hard not to impulse buy. Inspect your fish before its bagged to make sure its healthy and the one you want. Don't be afraid to change your mind if the fish is unhealthy or has any sign of disease/parasites.


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Pretty much in agreement. Since starting up with saltwater in November after a decade with freshwater...I had quite the learning curve. Still learning more almost daily. The sad thing is is that the LFS that kept me in freshwater for so long and where I bought the dog laying on my feet as we speak has limited sw knowledge. They have their own sw tanks, but all the coral i have bought from them died after proper acclimation and some of the FOWLR tanks are full of aiptasia.

So pretty much, read and read until you are the expert and know what you are looking at. Even if you don't, either ask or look it up on liveaquaria. I notoriously stare at a tank followed by searching on my smart phone.
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