Originally Posted by huizheng1988
i'm sure you're aware of the fact that national chain stores get their fish every week or every other week. therefore it's wise not to get any new fish that just arrived. rather wait for at least a week and ask the pet associates courteously of how long they have had these fish for, the longer the better. this advice is to supplement the fact that you don't know or don't have any reputable lfs
around you. the managers of the lfs
near me actually go to the fish vendors themselves and pick out fish one by on(i asked them about the details of fish selection). the national chain store, however, gets shipment by the boatload and cares not the conditions of the fish before they get shipped. they don't go through the thorough fish selection that the lfs
normally go through.
Our petsmart gets them on Thursdays. Not sure how often or what. There are only 2 guys there who know anything about fish and even they don't get their fish from petsmart =( they order online. I just got greedy and really wanted a nice school in my tank already! And thought maaaaybe it was that one time. I mean if its so bad how are they still open?
I currently live in Florida, you would think tere would be many LFS
! Alot that I find online or in phone book are always closed down. They are only open at most 6 months. I don't know if its the area? On their face books they seemed like really badass fish stores too. Lots of variety and like they truly cared. There are only 2 LFS
(other than petsmart and pet supermarket). One was the one I usually go to and going down hill and second the fish dealer to the store went on news and said not to buy his fish because he hasn't paid him for them. There are a few nice ones an hour away but they are strictly salt water.
3 hrs away there is a nice local owned petland. I wouldn't mind driving out there every so often (I do anyways to visit out that way) but I would really like ONE near me just to pop in on weekends and look around. Buy a plant or so you know? I suppose I should have thought this all out before starting this hobby up again!
I am just glad to hear it isn't MY wrong doing. Cause I feel really bad for them. Especially returning them, cause I'm sure I know what will happen to them. And I feel like I'm just giving up on them.