I'm sorry to hear about your experience with the lfs
. I wouldn't rule the store out completely because of one bad experience. This just means you would have to keep a closer eye on the fish at purchase as you were saying. Some times things don't work out. It's certainly been the case for me at times. I still go back to look for that one great fish or fishes. Maybe the store had a water problem before purchase. Test they're water maybe .