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Old 06-01-2016, 01:35 PM   #1
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What do you like or dislike about LFS?

What are some things that make your LFS good or bad?
What products (fish, plants, corals etc etc..) would you like to see in your LFS? Or what would you like to see less of?

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Old 06-02-2016, 03:31 AM   #2
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I like mine because it is just down the street that I live on.
The owner and I have become friends sort of.
She can get me any fish I want and any size I want within a week's time.
My Chihuahua and I go shopping there frequently.
She also cut me a great deal on a 75 and a stand.
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Old 06-02-2016, 07:30 AM   #3
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I really like my LFS because they've got all kinds of nano specimens, cichlids, pretty much anything you can think of and the store and tanks are big enough to accommodate all of the fish they keep. Only thing they could possibly do a better job is welcoming customers and customer service. Sometimes you just don't feel welcome there and they don't seem too friendly when helping you out.
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Old 06-02-2016, 08:36 AM   #4
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I have 2 LFS's one is a large chain store. They sell a great selection of frozen foods and their prices are generally readily low. What I dislike about this shop is that they don't have variety with anything else and they won't even place a specific order.

The second shop is great in that regard. If you have anything you want they will order it for you and their customer service is great. They seem to greet most of their customers by name. Only downside is that on large purchases like filters our lighting etc, their prices can be ridiculous.
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Old 06-02-2016, 04:59 PM   #5
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What do you like or dislike about LFS?

Thanks for the feed back so far guys. Im debating on weather or not I should open up an LFS in my area and I want different points of view and insight from as many people as possible. If I do open up shop, I definitely want different hard to find fish and plants.

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Old 07-31-2016, 07:58 AM   #6
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I have 3 lfs's near me.
The part I really like is that they are all knowledgeable in their own areas. If I need information on plants, I got to one of them, for saltwater, two of them are good (who doesn't want a reef tank, they are beautifull, but not ready yet for one here), and for fish, I'll got to all three. Which one I go to for the fish all comes down to what I'm getting. When I'm getting more than just one species, it's whoever has everyone in stock at that time(one stop so no one has to wait in the car).

My biggest pet pieve, parents who bring their children in and don't do anything about them running around and banging on the aquariums. I feel so bad for the staff when that happens, they try to tell the kids to not do that, only to get the parents fussing at them to not tell their children how to behave.

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Thanks for the feed back so far guys. Im debating on weather or not I should open up an LFS in my area and I want different points of view and insight from as many people as possible. If I do open up shop, I definitely want different hard to find fish and plants.

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Here's a mixed list, based on two chain stores and two LFSs near me:

The Bad

Walk into the store and it's like I don't exist. I don't need an employee doting on me, but it's basic customer service to greet the new arrival and ask if they need some help. The chain stores are good about this, the LFSs bad.

Dead fish -- get them out of the tank! Someone should walk the tanks once an hour and remove anything that's died.

Sick tanks -- These should be marked "NFS" and "under treatment." If I can spot an obvious fungus on a fish, so should you. Nothing should be sold from a diseased tank. (In fact, I was very impressed with one LFS that not only would label a tank "NFS," but would list the disease and the treatment, turning it into a lesson for the customer.)

Plants -- do not sell non-aquatic plants as aquatics. (Looking at you, chain stores.)

The Good

Variety I -- Carry three-four lines of food, as complete as possible. Same with filters, spare parts, and other equipment.

Variety II -- Carry varieties of fish and plants different from the standard (but include the standard). Surprise and delight me. (My LFS in Santa Monica is great for this.)

Service -- You can't beat the chains on price, usually, so hook me with service: knowledgeable advice and a willingness to special order is invaluable.

Cleanliness -- Not just removing dead fish, but the tanks are clean and it looks like the fish are cared for.

Anyway, those would be my items good and bad. If you do open an LFS, best of luck with it!
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So recently I have been checking out my local fish stores (LFS). So near me are Petco and Petsmart and a bunch of small LFS.

I will be frankly honest, gear ends up to easy to get at the pet* stores. In the end I buy there. Now for fish it's been a mix. Most LFS are kinda split between: must sell or you don't exist.

Now I have found two gems near me that break out of that mold.

One is a shop I will buy fish from. It has an incredible variety of fish. Nearly every tank has potted plants in it for sale. No over stocked tanks. Dedicated hospital and quarantine tanks list as not for sale. No dead anything. Friendly people who try and help. I like it. Set up that kind of LFS and you will get traction.

The other? The exotic supply shop. Food and gear you can find nowhere else. Great at answering questions. Now the fish flat out didn't impress me on the freshwater side. Salt yes. But I will not be buying any freshwater fish there. Gear? Yes.

The others? I will be avoiding. Dead fish or sick fish all over the place in some. Others just seemed to be trying to direct compete with the pet* places. Though some of the none death traps had pretty discus. But so did my favorite so far.

Dunno... Old thread but figured I would share.

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Thanks for the insight Ashenwelt.

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Rube did you end up starting a shop?

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