Around me we only have Petco and Pet smart. From what I have read most people do not recommend buying from either and order offline. What are the best retailers online to purchase your fish from?
Agreed. Our local Petco was pretty good but they must have lost some leadership over the aquariums because they have gone downhill over the last several months.As a note: petsmart and petco can be good, but it heavily depends on the people there. If the tanks are well taken care of and there are people who seem actually knowledgeable and not just trying to make a buck, you might get great stuff from them.
How would I even find that?Have you looked for any local home breeders that own their own stores ?
Our Petco people seem knowledgable, but since I am new to this Hobby I would not know if they were blowing smoke up my butt....Agreed. Our local Petco was pretty good but they must have lost some leadership over the aquariums because they have gone downhill over the last several months.
I simply typed my hometown name and then wrote aquarium/Aquarists or fish on Facebook and the groups popped up. It was great!How would I even find that?
What is LFS?Rule #1 of shopping at big box pet store - look at the filter intakes and see how many dead fish are clinging to it. Hate to be morbid but that really is the top screaming indicator of the state of health in the aquatics area. Have met truly capable and savvy workers there that earned my respect and others that could barely operate a net.
Props to the good folks that work there, but nothing really compares to a local store if run by someone with significant experience and knowledge. You may have to travel a bit but research shops in your comfort radius. Have to admit I'm a freshwater guy and recently moved. I'm surrounded by some of the most awesome marine places but only have Pet... and one LFS that does freshwater stuff to rely on.