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Old 03-13-2014, 12:37 AM   #41
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Almost a year ago we had our first lfs open in our town, as a fish keeper I was thrilled, but also disappointed it was a chain store. I have since, however, become absolutely thrilled with it. The employees in the fish department really know their stuff. I have taught them a few things, and they have taught me a few things, but after all there are so many varieties of fish and each has it's own needs, requirements, and techniques for sexing.
I'm a very regular customer (at least once a week), but not for refunds or exchanges lol. I like to check out the new stock when it comes in and get some crickets for my ropes and ABF. The employees seem grateful when I step in and tell a customer it's a bad idea to put certain fish together or too many, and since I'm not an employee, I can be rude about it when needed.
As far as how many fish to put in a tank, I explain it to my daughter in terms of "how many people would you want to share your room with?", "what about a messy person, someone that takes up too much space, or a bully?" and "you can't put a big fish in a small tank, because you wouldn't want to live in a closet".
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Old 03-13-2014, 12:42 AM   #42
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Yea yall have alot to keep up with! I saw them selling this lady 2 young serpae tetras to put in a tank with an oscar. I made sure she realized she was buykng a snack lol

Man thats hardcore about the gourami! I coukdnt sex them!
Haha...there are many fish for which I still don't have a firm grasp on their compatibility....like the African Leaf Fish your sig says you have! Just tonight I had someone ask if they would be okay with gourami. I had NO IDEA, and told him so. Thoughts? I've only heard of them being successful in species-only tanks, and told him a bit about their feeding behavior....he's dreaming about his next tank now

*EDIT* I would like to clarify and assert that at least I know that combo would never work. I've often told people "You can put this fish in with that fish, but you're just buying your fish an excellent meal"

The gourami can be sexed by their top fin shape, apparently. I have not had anyone else ask about finding a mating pair for them, soooo...my accuracy has yet to be tested.
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Old 03-13-2014, 12:47 AM   #43
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The gourami can be sexed by their top fin shape, apparently. I have not had anyone else ask about finding a mating pair for them, soooo...my accuracy has yet to be tested.
Yes, the males are more colorful and have a dorsal (topfin) that is pointed in the rear, whereas the females it is rounded. Many chain stores only sell males because they are more colorful.
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Old 03-13-2014, 12:54 AM   #44
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The employees seem grateful when I step in and tell a customer it's a bad idea to put certain fish together or too many, and since I'm not an employee, I can be rude about it when needed.
As far as how many fish to put in a tank, I explain it to my daughter in terms of "how many people would you want to share your room with?", "what about a messy person, someone that takes up too much space, or a bully?" and "you can't put a big fish in a small tank, because you wouldn't want to live in a closet".
BLESS YOU! Want to drive over to NC and hang out in my store?????

I love your explanation! I use something like that often when a customer who has bout a itty bitty tank is really disapointed when i tell them only some guppies or a betta will be suitable. They talk about having a betta once that was "soooo boringgggg". I ask questions and EVERY TIME they were keeping them in those little breeder-box-sized "aquariums" (what do you even call them?), and/or did not have a heater. I tell them that they have not seen a bettas real personality, because "if you lived in a freezing cold closet, you probably wouldn't be too fun to watch either"

Thats such great advice though...I'm setting up a 10 gal. for my boyfriends son, and I will definitely have to borrow those terms! Thanks!
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Old 03-13-2014, 01:00 AM   #45
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Isn't sexing gouramis hard? Lol I love the people who come in and ask you to sex the little angelfish an then get mad when you say you don't know because they're to small.
Same for the parakeets! I can tell the green parakeets sex, but the fancy color ones? I turn to the cage/tank and theatrically sing "ennie meenie miney mo...." I have all sorts of lame routines to amuse myself.....if not always the customer.
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Haha...there are many fish for which I still don't have a firm grasp on their compatibility....like the African Leaf Fish your sig says you have! Just tonight I had someone ask if they would be okay with gourami. I had NO IDEA, and told him so. Thoughts? I've only heard of them being successful in species-only tanks, and told him a bit about their feeding behavior....he's dreaming about his next tank now

*EDIT* I would like to clarify and assert that at least I know that combo would never work. I've often told people "You can put this fish in with that fish, but you're just buying your fish an excellent meal"

The gourami can be sexed by their top fin shape, apparently. I have not had anyone else ask about finding a mating pair for them, soooo...my accuracy has yet to be tested.
Well I actually have the true african leaf fish. Most big bix stores only carry cnetompoma aka african bush/leaf fish. If it is the cnet then it is community compatabke with anything that isnt excessively aggressive or small enough to be a snack. If it is true african leaf fish then it is compatable with anything it cant swallow (it can swallow anything smaller than it pretty much so 3 inches plus) and nothing excessivly aggressive again (however Ibhave never seen anything try to hurt one of these guys unless it is over mutual food.)

Ok so wheover said that a tiger oscar would glow if you fed it neons is an idiot (or a really good unethical sales man....) I know our petsmart wont sell anything to be eatin except feeders or ghost shrimp.
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Today while at the petstore... My boyfriend and I were looking at the fish, we asked one of the workers if they new the specific type of algae eater they had labeled "algae eater" she looked at is straight in the face and said "idk one that eats algae I guess. Really I have no [moderator edit] clue, I hate fish, I applied here to play with [moderator edit] puppies all day. But I'm stuck here fishing out dead fish all day"
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Today while at the petstore... My boyfriend and I were looking at the fish, we asked one of the workers if they new the specific type of algae eater they had labeled "algae eater" she looked at is straight in the face and said "idk one that eats algae I guess. Really I have no [moderator edit] clue, I hate fish, I applied here to play with [moderator edit]puppies all day. But I'm stuck here fishing out dead fish all day"
I hope you reported him to the manager!
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One of my first jobs many years back was working at a big name videogame store, the second busiest store for that company in the world. All day nonstop I'd have parents come in asking me for recommendations of games to get for their kids. The company I worked for stressed not only quick sales but also selling games that were newer (more expensive), even if they were terrible. I applied for that job because I thought it'd be awesome recommending people titles I loved and knew were quality games... only to realize two things:

1. Most parents didn't care and just wanted some horrible movie tie-in game.
2. My bosses were very happy with this as these games were usually more expensive. Make the sale and move on to the next customer.

At some point I got very fed up with all of this and just started being very honest with people. "Would I recommend the new Jonas Brothers game for your son? Only if you hate him and you're trying to punish him. Here, buy The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker for him instead." Then I quit working there.

I couldn't mix a hobby I loved with an environment like that. I don't really play videogames anymore as my hobbies have changed as I've gotten older, and I much prefer working on my tanks now. But I'd never work in pet store that sold fish.

tl;dr - Mixing a hobby you love into a mainstream mass market business atmosphere can make you very unhappy. If it really bothers you then move on to another job.
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Here's what my Glofish tank looks like, and no, it doesn't have more algae as long as you have shrimp or snails. I get a little extra here or there, but nothing that a quick mag-scraper and some rubbing of the decorations during water change time won't solve.


I've been running my Glotank for over a year now and have never noticed any adverse behavior from my inhabitants, so the light doesn't seem to bother them at all. I actually see more of my shyer guys in this tank because the different light spectrum doesn't seem to make them as nervous

Edit: Oh, and another way to encourage them toward the bigger tank... Those awesome lionfish and jellyfish decorations are too big to fit into the small tanks

Your tank is literally the best glofish tank I have ever seen!!! Is it the 36 gallon bow front?
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