i live in florida, just a few miles from one of the biggest areas for fish and reefs and i have to drive over an hour in heavy traffic to get to an lfs
that is decent enough to answer questions, show you things and help you make knowlegeable decisions, without you having to pay one red cent. it's also closer to me to just go to the ocean with a few buckets, get my own saltwater and a few things off the beach. if it wasn't so polluted. so, our problems getting current info doesn't just happen in your area, but everywhere. even in florida.
and since im on my bandwagon, we need to be purchasing captive bred animals because it won't be much longer and we won't have the opportunity to have a great number of the fishes we currently see in the lfs
. and i got that from the publication that is becoming extinct. like some fish, corals and aquarists.