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Simple question, why do all of the things associated with our hobby have to cost so much? Driftwood costs a lot for a good quality piece. Decorations, livestock, chemicals, new tanks, stands, lighting, filters, heating, media, substrate, plants, ferts, test kits, hoods, air stones, CO2 pumps, airstones, breeding materials, food, backdrops, nets, algae scrapers, medicines, slate, salt, etc. If your into saltwater, theres also the extra costs of liverock, corals etc. WHY! JUST WHY!!!! Why does this stuff cost so much? It costs... so... much... why...*sh
 

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I got my 35 on Craigs list with filter, hood and light, gravel, bucket, tubing and sucky..thingie? For only $40 :)

I got real lucky on so many rocks and my fish because of unfortunate events..

I think you have to be pretty patient and look everywhere you can for a good deal, bottom line. It can be expensive but it doesn't have to be if you do the research!

Look around for deals and breath in and breath out!! :D
 

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Things need to cost a lot because of the economics involved in running a fish shop. If you buy a wholesale fish for 50 cents, by the time you ship it to the US and pay for the import inspection required on all livestock, that fish is already at least $1.50 due to the shipping and inspection costs. You may get 20% losses from the handling and the time involved in shipping. You are trying to make a living selling the fish so when a customer walks in the door every 10 minutes you basically need to make enough profit from that one customer's transaction to pay a share of the building rent, heat, water, etc. So far no profit as income for the seller but the fish already needs to sell for $2.50. To break even at minimum wage levels for the owner, with no employees, you can bump that price to at least $3.50.
Fish and equipment are not expensive in the LFS for what you get. They do reflect the costs of a small business that is highly specialized in a market where the traffic is low. The traffic is the key to those last 2 bumps. The per fish value of rent, water, heat and wages gets smaller when the traffic goes up. If you are happy with guppies, mollies platies, angels, neons and C trilieatus, with no other choices, let the independents go under and take what you get from the big box stores. If you want to continue to have variety in the LFS, someone needs to buy things in those stores to keep things going. We are not talking gas or groceries where every person in your home town will use some today so the volume that holds prices down just is never there. Try checking the price of a free puppy at the local animal shelter if you want an eye opener. To pay costs of running those places, the free animals now cost much more than you might expect.
 

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It's all about recouping costs and branding.

You say you want to grow plants do you? You need this light...cost $40...this bulb...costs $18.

psst....go to Lowes, HD or similar...same bulb different branding...$8. Depending on your lighting...you can get fixtures as low as $9.

The key now has come down to online shopping and DIY.
 

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Not to mention the mere rent to rent the space for the store is by the square foot and runs upward of $7000 or more a month for a decent sized store that does not include the cost of any utilities or upkeep or any of the equipment that they need to set the store up and that is not inexpensive either considering that the electricity needs to be kept going at a pretty steady and consistent rate in these stores 24/7 for filtration and heating the tanks. You think you have a light problem for bulbs?...Try lighting 40 or 50 tanks with different types of fish and cleaning them all and keeping them algae free plus having good plants and keeping all the fish healthy and you can plan on losing a good percentage of the fish as you never know which ones will sell and which ones won't on any given order but if you don't have a good selection the customer won't be back to check again later.

So there are some (a lot) of expenses for items that you will never recoup the losses for but if you want the LFS badly enough you take the lumps and open it anyway, for as long as you can.

The small LFS owner is probably the least appreciated person in this business. He or she is probably the better informed of all fish store employees. They usually actually care about the fish they sell and want to see them sold to people who will know how to care for them the right way. They will generally try to get you set up the right way the first time, as opposed to the chain stores where they could care less and see a lost fish as just another opportunity for a sale for a replacement. Such a shame.

Even the larger of the LFS, those that can compete with the chain petstores, are having problems with this economy as people's discretionary income is less and money to be spent on pets is suffering. Funny thing that, people need to think about rent or house payments, food, clothes, and other items too and pets usually come low on the list. There are now many doing with no jobs and some with no homes and unfortunately that generally includes their pets and sometimes this has even included the fish who generally were not so lucky as to live through the experience.

So when we get to thinking that things are costing a lot, yep, they are, but at least I am thankful that I can still afford to pay for some of the things I need to support my pets and will not spend my time getting upset by it. The money I am spending may help someone keep a job and keep their family and pets going.

Rose
 
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