Although I'm a big advocate for supporting your LFS
when you can, sometimes it can get tricky if you're not happy with something you bought or if it breaks down on you. If you choose to buy locally (which is great), just make sure to fully understand their return/exchange policy. I I've seen on numerous occasions that some of these LFS
won't take a return and if there's an issue, they'll leave it up to you to deal with the manufacturer's warranty or something. That's why, personally, I choose to buy livestock, plants, layout material, and miscellaneous aquarium stuff from the LFS
. I leave the big equipment like filters, heaters, and lights from online retailers or big box stores that I know I won't get screwed. I had a couple issues in the past and both Amazon and Dr. Fosters got me replacements at no extra cost to me. They'd pay for shipping the return..plus gave me credit for my inconvenience.