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Old 11-04-2011, 02:55 AM   #1
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A not so hypothetical hypothetical situation.

Lets say that you are in a position to make things happen in a newly set up LFS, what would you do that would make your establishment stand out from the crowd? Keep in mind this is also looking at things from a business perspective but with a high regard to quality of life for the stock.

I would think that literature would help, a well informed staff that understands general information about the different species being sold as well as basic stocking plans with that species.

Coordinate tanks from community friendly small fish to large, aggressive, etc. Possibly color code them as well.

Also, some basic information on cycling on hand would be a must for me.
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I would say a short, easy to read write up (2-3 pages) on the basics of fish keeping that can be freely available to all customers. Something that can be handed out at the checkout after purchases. One of my LFS do this but theirs is not very informative.
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Old 11-04-2011, 03:16 AM   #3
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ah, a great idea, an info pamphlet that you could toss into the bag of anyone that is a new fishkeeper, again, great idea.
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ah, a great idea, an info pamphlet that you could toss into the bag of anyone that is a new fishkeeper, again, great idea.
Thanks. Been very tempted to do this myself and hand it out at my local chain stores. Lol
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I'd like to see a QT section where fish "under observation" are kept, with a sign explaining why they are QT'd and the best way to treat the condition. Blows my mind when I walk into a store and see fish with ick swimming with healthier fish but no sign explaining what is going on.
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Old 11-04-2011, 07:22 AM   #6
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That's another good point. I know one of my local LFS has little signs they put on some tanks that say that the fish isn't for sale for one reason or another, and I think they put them on not only when fish are reserved but when they are being treated for something or QTed.

A visible QT would be a great idea though, but on the same token I would not want to have an actual hospital tank in sight.
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This is a little out of the box. What about a section with books where customers could pay a small fee (like at a movie rental place) to borrow a book.
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Or a TV in store with someone on it giving tips. I think people would be more likely to look at a TV then read something.
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make sure people know and have what there fish need before the fish get sold
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You've already covered much of what I would have brought to the table.

My lfs just got into a new store space and he did something really cool. He used special paint on the ceilings and walls that show up under black lights. Then he had his daughter, a budding artist, paint all kinds of fish. It's really a neat atmosphere.
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