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Old 03-14-2005, 06:41 PM   #21
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Although in Decatur IL, the mom and pop places are not doing so bad...course there is only Walmart and a small Petco to compete with them...
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Old 03-14-2005, 06:45 PM   #22
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Your right. A mom and pop store would not do very good. You need like a small warehouse to do anything..
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Old 03-14-2005, 06:46 PM   #23
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I can't imagine that a little mom and pop fish store would be able to turn much of a profit. Here in Peoria they are just barely hanging on. SuperPets, PetSmart, and Petco have taken over everything.
We dont have any of those stores here. It is all about the Mom & Pop stores. All we have here is Panhandle Pets (would not shop there to save my life), Pet Super Market (they dont carry salt-water fish) and Sun Coast Aquariums (the store I shop at). Sun Coast is well known to be the only reputable salt-water store in this area.
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Old 03-14-2005, 06:58 PM   #24
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Yeah we have about 5 stores that carry SW fish, but I only trust 2 of the 5...I am afraid of what would happen if I lost those two.
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Old 03-14-2005, 07:55 PM   #25
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I have spent about $6000 or so on my tanks in the last couple of years. Hope my wife does not see this
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Old 03-14-2005, 07:55 PM   #26
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Well, I just spent another $15.00 ... mantis shrimp trap.
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Old 03-14-2005, 08:00 PM   #27
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I am so close to the $10,000 mark it scares me but at this point what the hell, no since stopping now. If I'm figuring correctly I'm coming in at over $1000 a month, and I'm headed to pick up my $800 Tunze pumps right now,
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Old 03-14-2005, 08:02 PM   #28
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i've only spent $500 or so! but thats because i'm only 22 and i still live at home and my 30gal setup was a christmas present. God Bless my parents!
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Old 03-14-2005, 08:08 PM   #29
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Thumper,

An oceanic tank will do that to you quickly! being that I am an Oceanic owner, I too am well aware of the high price that quality brings with it.
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$30-$50 a week. Wow, I don't want to add that up yearly or I'll have a heart attack.
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