LFS dilemma & principles
So there is a LFS that has been around for probably 20 + years. Has a large, loyal customer base and seems to really be respected among fish enthusiasts in the area. I went there a while ago and found out that they have bettas and import them directly from Singapore, supposedly (you might remember my post from sometime in Dec.). Well I went there last week to see if he would sell me something form one of his tanks so I could seed my tank that is being cycled. WOW - I totally did not expect what he told me. First, he said that I couldn't cycle a 20 gallon tank with 4 fish. Then he said he had never heard of Prime, so it must be garbage. He then tried to tell me that my API test kit was garbage and said that I needed to buy the individual tests because they were better (but still API, just individual!!?!? Come, on, seriously?). Then he told me that my tank was too big and that bettas do better in smaller tanks and proceeded to show me a 2.5 divided into 3 sections and that would be better. Seriously, I NEVER thought I would hear this from this guy. A fish store owner who is widely respected in the area??!?! Telling me this garbage??
But he just got a large shipment of CTs in and sells them for 3.99 each. I want to go look at them for the heck of it, but am torn as to whether I would buy one if there was a nice one. I would like to support small businesses over large stores, but do I want to support one that encourages bad betta-keeping?
He DOES keep his bettas in very good conditions in the store. Small jars, but clean and they have bubble nests.
What do you guys think?