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Old 08-09-2011, 11:54 PM   #21
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I like the local fish store around here they have good gear and if factored in shipping and waiting are cheaper, alot of times they are straight cheaper, even then some American websites I've looked at and checked out shipping, I figured their shipping would be as cheap as canadas when in Canada but they take it hard down there even if your address is close to the outlet, saw one that was 20 shipping for like a 2 pound foot long package, here it's 7 bucks lol, even with cheap or free shipping still can't barely beat the lfs. I find the nets good for hard to find things that you dont want to custom order thru the lfs, just my experience though. Plus it's cool to know lfs owners because they know your name and stock special items for ya or call when they get new items and shipments
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Old 08-10-2011, 06:49 AM   #22
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I usually stick to my LFS because it's the warehouse of an online store (lucky, I think so). So I get online prices minus the shipping fee! Not to mention the crazy selection of fish and live plants at rock bottom prices. I bought 2 pictus there for 14 bucks, while they were 16 a fish at Petland. Also, he brings in xtreme cichlid food which I can't get anywhere else in my city. so yes, LFS FTW
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Old 08-10-2011, 02:17 PM   #23
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I usually stick to my LFS because it's the warehouse of an online store (lucky, I think so). So I get online prices minus the shipping fee! Not to mention the crazy selection of fish and live plants at rock bottom prices. I bought 2 pictus there for 14 bucks, while they were 16 a fish at Petland. Also, he brings in xtreme cichlid food which I can't get anywhere else in my city. so yes, LFS FTW
That's just no fare warehouse access lol I'd be mortgaging my house to buy more :p
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Old 08-10-2011, 09:49 PM   #24
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What I need to do is go on a road trip, either to Des Moines or Minnasota....and leave my credit card at home! Lol I do like Wet Pets but I haven't been there in at least 6 years or maybe more. Maybe it is a blessing there isn't a super great LFS near me...
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Old 08-12-2011, 04:35 PM   #25
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My "mom and pop" lfs' around here are bad. They have little to no selection and are priced a lot more than the chain stores. As much as I like buying "local" they really do not make it worthwhile. That being said, if it costs a couple bucks more to get equipment at a chain than it does online, I weigh my options and consider how long I can wait until something ships. I don't mind paying a little extra for something that I need asap, it's when I have to pay a lot more for something that I can get online and have by the end of the week that I will just get it online. There's a difference between being cheap and stupid
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Old 08-12-2011, 04:46 PM   #26
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Unfortunately I don't have any truly "local" fish stores in my area except for Petco and Petsmart - so I usually go there for most routine and "standard" equipment (test kits, Prime, Airline supplies, etc.)

But when I look at livestock and specialty supplies - I make a 45-minute drive to my own personal Shangri-la of Aquarium Stores:

Aquarium Supplies, Pet Supplies and Pond Supplies by That Fish Place - That Pet Place

I believe it's one of the largest and most well-operated pet stores I think I've ever seen. Their fish room alone is the size of most PetCos, and is manned by a small army of people who are solely devoted to fish.

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Old 08-13-2011, 01:43 AM   #27
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Unfortunately I don't have any truly "local" fish stores in my area except for Petco and Petsmart - so I usually go there for most routine and "standard" equipment (test kits, Prime, Airline supplies, etc.)

But when I look at livestock and specialty supplies - I make a 45-minute drive to my own personal Shangri-la of Aquarium Stores:

Aquarium Supplies, Pet Supplies and Pond Supplies by That Fish Place - That Pet Place

I believe it's one of the largest and most well-operated pet stores I think I've ever seen. Their fish room alone is the size of most PetCos, and is manned by a small army of people who are solely devoted to fish.

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Old 08-14-2011, 12:13 AM   #28
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Our aquarium only store went out of business..but just looking at petco and petsmart VS online..I dont see paying the FLAT OUT MARKUP on some of this stuff..This stuff gets expensive quick..a 10 gal turned into a 20 into a 38 into a 55...Now its a 55 waiting to be drilled for a 20 gallon sump.. and a 38 successfully running with a 10 gallon 4 chamber sump..the Fluval 205 I use to pump water out of the sump into my overflow tank... and the HOB filters in my 38.. the media for those as well as my Filstar in my 55 two tanks later and Aquariums are EXPENSIVE..I am just wising up to ONLINE vs big box pet store...I say Ebay and Amazon are best friends for this game
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I try to support my lfs when possible. I have 1 lfs and a PetCo here. The lfs usually sells the fish for more money and does not have any sort of guarantee of survival. However, they carry much healthier stock than petco does. I am afraid of ordering online. Not sure why...
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I always support my LFS when possible. The man that works there is extremely nice and now knows me. So now I get plenty of free stuff every time I go. If he doesn't have something I need/want, then I will resort to buying online.
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