Originally Posted by WhiteDevil
As far as supporting your LFS
instead and complaining they dont have a selection, ask them because they do hand pick what they get still, chains dont.
go thru a regional supply usually near a major airport, they keep the livestock close to hubs like ohare and LAX ect so they are readily shipped, readily pick-upable by locals and alot less time in transport. One of my LFS
's does this as well as stock with locally bred hobbyist supplied fingerlings.
Actually all LFSs don't go about it that way. The one I worked for stopped using the local supplier when time and time again they sent us sick fish. It got pretty old seeing DOAs and ich-covered fish so the owner started ordering directly from a fish farm in Florida. The quality of our fish increased dramatically- even fish like rummynose and cardinal tetras that often ship poorly started arriving healthy and thriving.
Originally Posted by flip0204
My point is to the thread that you could be a LFS
or PETCO PETSMART it does not matter. They get all their fish from a hatchery. Im not supporting either supplier. I simply look for healthy fish that are in need of a good home. You could go to a big chain or a LFS
and they all know about the same amount of information. And I've heard horror stories about both. In the end we support fish being born and raised in a hatchery for profit anyway.
I completely disagree. Chain stores IME tend to hire people regardless of their level of knowledge, as long as they pass the drug test and are willing to accept their piddly wage. On the other hand, LFSs tend to be more selective- sure, you run into plenty of folks still who don't know what they're talking about. But I doubt if anyone here would exactly call me a noob when it comes to fish, and I was BY FAR the least knowledgeable employee my boss hired.