Conversation with a new fishkeeper.... paying it forward
Last night, I stopped at my fave mom & pop lfs
to pick up some corys I saw there earlier in the week. They were super busy! It's only a 2 person shop at any time and last night, there was one kinda experienced guy and one virgin salesman and there were loads of customers.
I was watching the corys while I waited my turn and started chatting with this young man who looked a little overwhelmed. Turns out, he'd brought a water sample in to be tested. He started a fishless cycle about a month ago.
He didn't know what kind of fish he wanted. Being in college, it's your typical 10 gallon tank. I walked the aisles with him looking at all the fish, going over what would work well and what wouldn't and why it wouldn't. We talked about test kits and readings and stocking. I told him about this site and that gathering info from other fishkeepers is the best thing to do. He was like a sponge and I know he'll be a great fishkeeper.
It was such fun to feel like I'd taken someone new under my wing and made the experience a little more interesting for him. Next time you see a lost soul in your busy lfs
, start a conversation. You never know where it will lead.
You might just pay it forward.
75: blood parrots, featherfin cat, emperor tetras, turquoise rainbowfish, BN plecos, japanese trapdoor; 46: WCMM, gold inca snails, ghost, bamboo & amano shrimp, kuhli loaches, rummynose & ember tetras, endlers, platies, flame gourami, guppies; 16: pygmy, peppered, loxozonus corys, otos, assassins, RCS ... ~ Research PRIOR to purchase.... ~