Hi Everyone, While life has gotten hectic and I haven't been active on Fishlore, I still have my tanks and fish. They're all doing swimmingly. Hoping to see some familiar faces around here. It's been a while! What brings me back here is unfortunate. My absolute favorite family run LFS went out of business recently. It's discouraging to say the least. I had been going there since I started keeping fish over 10 years ago as a kid. A sign of the times I guess! It was one of two LFS's within reasonable driving distance. The second LFS caters mostly to marine aquarium keepers so their selection of freshwater fish and supplies is abysmal and overpriced to say the least. So I've started doing something I never thought I would: shopping at the big box stores. So far my local Petco seems to take better care of their fish than Petsmart or Wal-Mart. From what I've read these places vary store to store in their expertise and attention to caring for livestock. I haven't purchased any livestock as of yet. I need a few more tropicals for a small community tank... As of right now I have a single Neon Tetra living in a 10g tank. Everyone else has slowly died off from old age. He needs some buddies! This is where I was hoping you would all chime in. Do you have any tips, advice, or experiences you would be willing to share related to shopping at the big box stores? Like I said, this is all foreign to me. I've been spoiled Thank you all!