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Old 11-04-2011, 11:29 AM   #11
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Personally, I really think that the environment/atmosphere is huge. I would properly set up a couple display tanks in the entrance to the store. These tanks would contain not only compatable species, but would be appropriately stocked and aestetically pleasing to look at. They would contain fish and other organisms that are not for sale, and would be an example of what it looks like when its done right ~ along with a notice that it didn't get that way overnight.

Further, making sure the store is always clean and smells nice. The tanks need to be well maintained as do any cages of other small animals.

Personally nothing puts me off more than walking into a pet store and being hit by a wall of odar (usually urine, but sometimes nasty water smell), seeing unkept animals in unclean cages and aquariums that are poorly maintained.
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Old 11-04-2011, 11:44 AM   #12
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I've never heard of anyone doing this but a "geek squad" could be a good idea... have one or two very experienced aquarists on call to help set up new tanks for "noobs" and help with any problems someone may be having... that alone I believe would build a reputation with your local aquarists that would keep them coming back and referring you to friends and family for new business
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Old 11-04-2011, 11:46 AM   #13
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In case it hasn't been mentioned, how about an actual checklist for new fishkeepers. It could list the absolutely necessities for a tank, like the filter, heater, Prime, API master kit, etc.
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Some of the stickies on this forum are things I think every new aquarist should read before jumping right in (such as the fishless cycling FAQ). Maybe if you typed something up like that or, heck, copy and paste, customers could have access to it.
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Thanks for all of the suggestions. I'm going to take pictures tomorrow as we set up, so if I have time I will post a play by play of the build. I've been given the opportunity to orchestrate a fish section addition into an already existing pet store. It's already been a blast, I will probably do a build thread on the subject and try to get some more input when the time comes to start adding little things like info papers, employee training, maintenance, etc.
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I'm setting up about 20 tanks today, all air filtered.
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Old 11-05-2011, 11:33 AM   #17
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Wow sounds like you've got your work cut out for you lol
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Old 11-05-2011, 11:35 AM   #18
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You should make a video walk-through of your setups cause your pics are amazing and from what you talk about you must have one **** of a setup
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I would have pre-seeded sponge filters and Biomax for sale for new aquarist so they can purchase everything from tanks, heaters, and related equipment and have fish swimming in a cycled tank when they get home.
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I would have pre-seeded sponge filters and Biomax for sale for new aquarist so they can purchase everything from tanks, heaters, and related equipment and have fish swimming in a cycled tank when they get home.
Love, love, love the idea! That really is something a respected LFS should have available.

I'd have a big tank, maybe with a couple fx5's on it, just chewing through liquid ammonia you're feeding the tank every day.

Maybe be clever about it and have the sticker say
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-$x per ounce. Special promotion! Get a million for the price of one!
-Tank size requirement : .00001 to a billion gallons
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