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Re: The Do's and Don'ts of LFS Shopping

Hi guys I was hoping someone could answer this because I'm really curious,
My sister bought me some platies at our LFS that were around 2-1/2 to 3 inches big.
Then I bought a couple platies at a different pet store farther away that never really grew that big, they're really small things barely an inch big. I thought when I bought them that small they were just young.

How come one store's platies are so much bigger? They are the exact same type?..
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Hi guys I was hoping someone could answer this because I'm really curious,
My sister bought me some platies at our LFS that were around 2-1/2 to 3 inches big.
Then I bought a couple platies at a different pet store farther away that never really grew that big, they're really small things barely an inch big. I thought when I bought them that small they were just young.

How come one store's platies are so much bigger? They are the exact same type?..
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Re: The Do's and Don'ts of LFS Shopping

its all a case by case basis. i have seen local fish stores that do everything right but for some reason end up with ick and i have seen walmart tanks that are filled with perfectly healthy fish.

when it comes down to it, dont buy a fish from a tank that might be infected with a disease unless you are willing to treat it.


personally, i have NEVER seen a single local fish store the didnt have something wrong. but, thats not what i am worried about. i will only pick fish that i think will survive. sometimes, ill buy sick fish because i know how to treat them. sometimes, i wont buy anything at all from the store.

if i followed ALL the rules about shopping fish stores i wouldn't have any fish.

by the way, i bought fish from walmart years ago and i still have them. but they looked healthy when i got them. it goes back to that case by case basis. the only thing that really matters about picking a fish is the health of the fish.

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Your assessment is accurate. It is common knowledge that the appearance of a store should look clean and if it doesn't then management doesn't care about what they are doing and the presentation will ultimate show big time!

In my local area I have visted many LFS's and have discovered that 8 out of 10 save for petsmarts and petco seem are uncared for and the look and smell is rather potent.

I was appalled recently when I visited a nearby store that had every tank infested with algae growth and bloom, and that place has been around for decades....I ask myself how? I ask how can they thrive when it is utterly obvious that they can't even maintain somewhat healthy presentation?

I know of one LFS in my area that recently went out of business even though it had decent reviews, but when I visited the store for the first time It ultimately reminded me of the other LFS with the algae prob.

Gross tanks in a shop equate to disinterested customers for the most part, but unfortunately most people shop now days at petco and petsmart; even though their prices seem to be rising sadly.

Heck it wasn't six months ago that you could get products for less then $5-10 of what the prices are current tagged at....this is sad!!

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I would shop entirely at LFS corners, but sometimes they "muck it up" due to their careless attitudes and most seem to lease real estate that portrays "ol dirty and grungy" far to often....this too is extremely sad!!
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its all a case by case basis. i have seen local fish stores that do everything right but for some reason end up with ick and i have seen walmart tanks that are filled with perfectly healthy fish.


Walmart tanks are clean it's just that they do not turn off the lights or conceal the tanks from lights...their lights are on 24/7 and this is fish cruelty. Fish need and demand day and night cycles, but they are ignorant and don't care.

I am planning on making formal requests that they change this.

Another prob with larger fish stores and even LFS's is that they do NOT present the natural correct and appealing tank environment for people to see and take notice.

They are plain empty tanks with no aquascaped varieties for display presentation. Healthy planted aquascaped aquariums displays will sell products and fish.

"It's all about effective marketing and presentating a proper package." A lush and clean healthy aquascaped tank with vibrant natural green/red colors should be the norm, bu unfortunately even when I was in my youth the common well known aquariums were with colored rocks and fake décor....PLEASE!!! a tank should look like a natural body of water that is seen and inhabited primarily by the way nature intended it and provides natural resources.

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Re: The Do's and Don'ts of LFS Shopping

I'm really glad I found this post right now. I've just gotten into fish keeping and while I have bought the fish I have from Petco and Petsmart I decided I wanted to find a LFS. I googled LFS in my area and it looks like there are half a dozen within 20 to 45 min of me. I decided I would try different one every Friday on my day off to see what's availible. This great post gives me ideas on what to look for.

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its all a case by case basis. i have seen local fish stores that do everything right but for some reason end up with ick and i have seen walmart tanks that are filled with perfectly healthy fish.


Walmart tanks are clean it's just that they do not turn off the lights or conceal the tanks from lights...their lights are on 24/7 and this is fish cruelty. Fish need and demand day and night cycles, but they are ignorant and don't care.

I am planning on making formal requests that they change this.

Another prob with larger fish stores and even LFS's is that they do NOT present the natural correct and appealing tank environment for people to see and take notice.

They are plain empty tanks with no aquascaped varieties for display presentation. Healthy planted aquascaped aquariums displays will sell products and fish.

"It's all about effective marketing and presentating a proper package." A lush and clean healthy aquascaped tank with vibrant natural green/red colors should be the norm, bu unfortunately even when I was in my youth the common well known aquariums were with colored rocks and fake décor....PLEASE!!! a tank should look like a natural body of water that is seen and inhabited primarily by the way nature intended it and provides natural resources.

The mechanisms for a antural proper freshwaterautolinker.com autolinking image tank are as such.....

Wood, rocks/gravel, appropriate ph'd water and clean to some degree, filtration and appropriate fish compatible to the environ. Just as saltwaterautolinker.com autolinking image tanks should have living coral, sand, appropriate water perimeters, water circulation and appropriate fish.

Leaving the lights on 24/7 doesn't bother me a bit. I have bred nearly every fish that I have kept, on 24/7 lighting.

It is not the fish saying that it is cruel. It is us.
For me, the seem to thrive under constant light.

It's the same with algae. It's not the fish saying that a tank full of algae is bad. It's us. I actually encourage algae in most of my tanks. Paired with 24/7 lighting, algae keeps the water darn near perfect.

You show me a man who can reliably grow algae and I will show you a man who can reliably grow fish.
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