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Registered: 14-Apr-2007
male usa us-pennsylvania
I returned home and my favorite locally owned fish store went out of business. I was very sad to hear this, as it was a wonderful shop that specialized in aquariums and ponds. The owner was very friendly and knowledgeable, and i enjoyed just stopping in to share photos and check out his new stock.His store was also close to home, a big plus when transporting fish. Now I'm left with a large retail chain store and a small general pet store all the way across town(very difficult drive). Neither store has the variety or specialist knowledge that made my old favorite so great. So support your local aquarium store or end up like me, waiting for ups to deliver my live cargo late and at insane shipping cost or driving way to far for a poor selection of aquarium supplies and fish/plants.

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Post InfoPosted 28-Nov-2010 19:45Profile PM Edit Report 
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Registered: 17-Apr-2003
female australia us-maryland
Yhat sucks, and it's sadly very true. I've never liked buying from the large chain stores, especially when one I visited had dead or sick fish in each tank but were still selling.


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Post InfoPosted 29-Nov-2010 01:53Profile Homepage AIM MSN PM Edit Delete Report 
Ira
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Registered: 18-Jan-2002
male newzealand
Support your local aquarium store? Nearest fish dedicated store I can think of is about 400 miles away. Not very local.
Post InfoPosted 30-Nov-2010 14:48Profile PM Edit Delete Report 
Shinigami
 
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Registered: 22-Feb-2001
male usa us-delaware
Unfortunately this is a trend I don't see stopping with the economy the way it is. Three fish/pet shops have closed in the past few years around here, leaving a big chain and a small pet shop.

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Post InfoPosted 01-Dec-2010 21:25Profile PM Edit Delete Report 
Callatya
 
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Registered: 16-Sep-2001
female australia au-newsouthwales
We lost 3 good independants these last 2 years, one that had been there for over 20 years. Two small chains also went.

My closest good LFS is now a 45 minute drive. I have three nearby, but they are more 'consumer fish' than aquarium specialists.

For animals, the entire universe has been neatly divided into things to (a) mate with, (b) eat, (c) run away from, and (d) rocks.

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