Join Date: Feb 2012
Location: Hickory, NC (USA)
UGH!!! Terrible conditions at LFS!
Well I went to a LFS today in Hickory, NC. Superficially the place looked awesome. They had all kinds of fish even some very impressive show fish such as saltwater eels that were the size of your leg and some cats that were 4-5 foot long with orange tails. After I looked around it was quickly disheartening. Some of the show fish were in horrible tanks for their size. I know some fish that were larger than my head were probably in tanks no more than 15 gallons. I saw 4 Kois that were 6 inches or more that were in a 10 gallon tank. I know these fish require massive amounts or water. Then I saw the Goldfish tank with several large goldfish again 6+ inches in the same size tank. Then I came across the "sorority tank". It was a bare tank with 6 female bettas 7 if you count the one that was in some kind of tube stuck that was slowly dying. The others were full of stress stripes and had nearly no fins left. I went up front to ask them about the Bettas they had on the counter which were in a Betta condo. I have to admit these were very beautiful some colors I have never seen before in my area. These were easily equivalent to aquabid top quality and he was selling them for 2 and 3 dollars a piece. I wanted one so bad but my tank is not cycled and I don't know if I could buy from a place that keeps fish in such conditions. Not to mention the fact when questioned about the Bettas up front. He kind of got this superiority complex going on giving me this smirk saying Betta not real fish just pretty just throw in some water and do fine, and if it die only 3 bucks to replace and blew me off.