Hello again. So heres my concern. As I mentioned in the thread below (Eclipse System 12 stocking... still need tips there...) I'm going to be starting a 12 gallon tank at my workplace. I've done extensive reading and research and I'm starting to get an idea of what species I might be insterested in buying to inhabit my tank. However, the problem I'm running into is where to buy them. I live in Seattle, WA, but my office is about 45 minutes south of the city. The only place selling fish that I know of in close proximity is a :'( petsmart. For reasons I doubt I have to explain here, I hate the place. I'll explain anyway though. Bettas in tiny cups/jars with sealed lids. 30+ tanks on one centralized filter system. Selling birds/small mammals. That's just for starters. Anyway, I find myself in a bit of a dillema. I don't want to give one cent to a place like this, yet if I want to stock this tank, and not put fish through the stress of being in transport for a 45 minute or more drive, I'm not sure what else to do. I've looked on aquabid, I can't seem to find any local sellers. I really don't want to order fish online, I find the idea of shipping fish by mail somewhat cruel, and the price to do so is incredibly steep. Does anyone have any suggestions as far as what I can do to stock my tank without giving money to a megastore with some shady practices? ???