Go Back   Aquarium Advice - Aquarium Forum Community > Freshwater > Freshwater & Brackish - General Discussion
Click Here to Login

Join Aquarium Advice Today
Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
Please support our sponsors and let them know you heard about them on AquariumAdvice.com
Old 01-27-2007, 09:23 PM   #21
Aquarium Advice Addict
Join Date: Jan 2006
Location: Cumberland, MD
Posts: 2,444
Starting a maintenance service would be the best way to get some more startup money for a shop. Much lower overhead, and you'd be meeting and establishing good business relationships with future customers. Not to mention you'd learn what equipment and livestock is most popular in your area.

toddnbecka is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-27-2007, 09:42 PM   #22
Aquarium Advice Addict
Join Date: Jun 2006
Location: Toledo, Ohio
Posts: 2,108
Send a message via AIM to hc8719 Send a message via MSN to hc8719
Originally Posted by Toirtis

Not really....the mark-up on SW fish is not as high as you would imagine, and the mortality-rate is higher, so profit margin is about the same at best....most of the money is made with dry-stock.
sure, but sw brings people in, and it opens a whole potential of another profit margin, and new buisnesses need all the money they can get for the first several years
"Atrocities are not less atrocities when they occur in laboratories and are called medical research."
George Bernard Shaw
hc8719 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-27-2007, 10:24 PM   #23
Aquarium Advice FINatic
Join Date: May 2006
Location: Georgia
Posts: 703
Send a message via AIM to Mosaic
Have some super display tanks: Planted, African, and Reef, at least. You can inspire awe and encourage MTS. For example, I never wanted to do SW until I saw my LFS's invert reef tank. I came back a month later and spent $1000 to get one of my own. And you can see how many people here get hooked on the planted tanks after seeing nicely done aquascapes.

I'd like to see my LFS carry a variety of less common fish. The one I go to carries a whole lot of pretty typical beginner fish. But many beginners start out at PetsMart or other chain stores, and can get their stuff more cheaply there than they can at a private store. I've been keeping fish for over 10 years, and I've kept everything PetsMart could possibly offer me. I want things I can't find at a chain store. What's more, I'm willing to pay quite a bit for something nobody else has, so LFS, you should indulge me.

Also, you should host an aquarium club meeting or two. Not only will they be mentally browsing around during the meeting and itching to buy something afterwards, but it's also a great way to let serious hobbyists know there is an equally serious LFS around.

I second everything 7Enigma said too. Brilliant.
I just want my planted tanks to be perfect. Is that so much to ask?

55g: (Mostly) African riverine species: Alestes Chaperi, breeding pair of Kribs, and rhino pleco
30g: Newly established reef tank
10g: Planted but fishless
5g: Unplanted with various snail species
2.5g: Heavily planted with betta.
Mosaic is offline   Reply With Quote

lfs, starting

Please support our sponsors and let them know you heard about them on AquariumAdvice.com

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Starting a LFS? JDogg Aquaria Off-Topic 22 04-14-2007 11:36 AM
Odd LFS advice... cJw Freshwater & Brackish - General Discussion 17 02-20-2006 11:02 AM
LFS Advice JPloman Saltwater Reef Aquaria 33 01-20-2006 03:21 PM
New LFS advice fishstixs05 Saltwater & Reef - Sick Fish or Coral 10 02-12-2005 01:31 AM
New LFS Advice fishstixs05 Aquaria Off-Topic 11 02-12-2005 12:41 AM

» Photo Contest Winners

All times are GMT -4. The time now is 01:11 AM.

Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2022, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.