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So I've been trying to find pure ammonia for my fish-less cycle and haven't had much luck.
Out of desperation I decided to stop by my LFS to see if they had any, or knew where to buy it. Here is how the conversation went:

ME: "I'm going to do a fish-less cycle for my new freshwater aquarium but I can't find any ammonia do you have some or know where to get it?"

THEM: "That is way old school and takes longer."

ME: "So what should I do?"

THEM: "Use used filter media."

ME: "Ok. How much?"

THEM: "We don't actually do that. You should buy some live rock."

ME: "What?!?! For a freshwater?!"

THEM: "Huh?"

At this point I knew it was a lost cause.

Any way, just wanted to rant about the quality LFS in town. Post your own stories, I could use a laugh.
 

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I had a fish store employee tell me the nitrogen cycle is a myth.
 

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You can get pure ammonia at ACE Hardware stores. Otherwise, if you have a strong stomach, use raw prawn or fish (a little bit).

As for the story, I avoid Petsmart and Petco in general, and the LFS I go to isn't that bad actually.

I did hear this one somewhere on the site: (somewhere along these lines)

Lady: I need to go on vacation - what do I do with my goldfish?

LFS: Put them in a little ziploc baggie and put it in the freezer. In the wild, the ponds freeze over and the goldfish's metabolism is slowed.

Lady: Huh?

Fishlorian (to him/herself): ZOMG

[Fishlorian goes and saves the goldfish by telling the lady the right way to take care of them]
 

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Elodea said:
LFS: Put them in a little ziploc baggie and put it in the freezer. In the wild, the ponds freeze over and the goldfish's metabolism is slowed.
:shock:
 

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Meenu said:
I had a fish store employee tell me the nitrogen cycle is a myth.
 
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Funny, I had someone talking to me about cycling with 'live rock'.
Their contention was that any rock that has been in a tank for a while has living organisms living on it and therefore is 'live'
I've always viewed liverock as being for Saltwater.
 

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Me: I'd like to purchase some kuhlI loaches.

LFS: What else do you have in the tank they're going into?

Me: Kribs.

LFS: Then you can't buy the kuhlis. The kribs would suck them up like spaghetti.

Me: I'll take 5 kuhlis.

 

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Ah Lynda, the good old pause, then ignore. I know that one myself lol!!
 

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I bought a betta for my 46 gallon. there was too much current in the tank and he just kept getting swept all over the tank. I went to bring him back the next day since I felt he would never bee happy in my tank. petco then told me "we won't take him back until he is dead" I told them I didn't even want the $3 back, I just wanted to make sure he didn't get hurt of over stressed in my tank. it took me 3 managers and some serious anger management to get them to take him back.
 

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That is just too much...not to take them back unless they are dead....if it wasn't for the sake of a living fish...I would have dropped the fish on the floor and said "now it is dead".
 

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I had a person at petco tell me that a male betta would die in a tank larger than two gallons
 

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I had a person at petco tell me that a male betta would die in a tank larger than two gallons
All fish in tanks larger than two gallons die.
 

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LyndaB said:
Me: I'd like to purchase some kuhlI loaches.

LFS: What else do you have in the tank they're going into?

Me: Kribs.

LFS: Then you can't buy the kuhlis. The kribs would suck them up like spaghetti.

Me: I'll take 5 kuhlis.
LoL. How'd it work out for you? My kribs would try to suck them up like spaghetti.
 

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SFwriter said:
All fish in tanks larger than two gallons die.
I would even go so far as to say... All fish die. Eventually.
 

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How about all fish in tanks smaller than 2 gallons die?
 

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I have an Oscar in an old half gallon milk carton who seems to be doing ok.
 

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I recently heard a LPS employee telling a family that 2 clown loaches would make excellent bottom feeders for their 10 gallon tank that had 3 bala sharks in it.
 

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I have an Oscar in an old half gallon milk carton who seems to be doing ok.
He's gonna die.
 

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You should be able to find ammonia at walmart or any home improvement store.

Lucy said:
Funny, I had someone talking to me about cycling with 'live rock'.
Their contention was that any rock that has been in a tank for a while has living organisms living on it and therefore is 'live'
I've always viewed liverock as being for Saltwater.
I use lava rock in my tanks (with fish without long fins). It has a very rough and holey surface, and I guess it is good for biological filtration. I cycled another tank within days just using pieces of it from an established tank. A lot of people use it in their sumps if they don't like the look of it.
 

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SFwriter said:
He's gonna die.
Well Peter Steele sang it best... "Everything Dies"... He proved it this year too.
 
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