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Support your Local Fish Store!

Postby gminor » Mon Mar 29, 2010 10:54 am

Folks,
If you haven't discovered it already, there's a new section on the website called "community spotlight". One focus of the new section is to highlight local fish stores you recommend with photos and information provided by you. This is an opportunity to support your local fish store by sharing your experience as a satisfied customer.

If you haven't already, please check out http://dramaticaquascapes.com/CommunitySpotlight.html for more info.

As always, I welcome your feedback!
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Re: Support your Local Fish Store!

Postby Cichlids4Life » Sun May 16, 2010 6:01 pm

we need a "Fish Freaks" around here!
that place looks awesome! i want to go there. to bad im on the other side of the country!


has anyone ever ordered fish through the mail????? how'd it go? we're they healthy?
just a thought. ive never tried it.
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Re: Support your Local Fish Store!

Postby ENFORCER » Thu May 02, 2013 8:38 am

I enjoy taking the kid to Dubey's Petworld in Burlington, NC. The staff is super friendly and Brad's able to order you the livestock if it's not in the store. Their currently site is a bit drab ... and not updated. It doesn't do the actual store any justice.

If you're riding through the Burlington, NC area, stop by and check out their fresh and saltwater setups. They've got a indoor turtle and koi pond, also.

You can find their website here: http://www.dubeyspets.com/
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Re: Support your Local Fish Store!

Postby lordadamar » Mon Jun 24, 2013 12:00 pm

Cichlids4Life wrote:we need a "Fish Freaks" around here!
that place looks awesome! i want to go there. to bad im on the other side of the country!


has anyone ever ordered fish through the mail????? how'd it go? we're they healthy?
just a thought. ive never tried it.


I order almost exclusively online mail order fish, The only down side is the further you are away from the shipper the more shipping costs...

But even with high shipping cost the price per fish rarely exceeds full retail, ( i usually never order one or two I order 20-40 to spread costs a sell or trade the extras to maintain the hobby...

One time I ordered 2 fish from Thailand, Thailand to Nebraska to be exact. they were Betas that you would never see in a pet store in the states.. all we normally see is cupped pathetic looking ones... these were spectacular... http://www.bettaakapes.com/ this guy has awesome fish, fast shipping, healthy..

The other place I get fish from is http://www.wetspottropicalfish.com/ Shipping is pricey here almost always runs me $60 an order but there service is top notch, if dont know what you want, tell them what your doing and colors you want or if you want oddballs or rares and they will pick them out email you pics and suggested quantities for your available space...

Anther place I order from is http://www.freshwatertropicalfishonline.com This guy Imports allot, most of the fish are WILD caught, so if your looking for clean Genetics for breeding stock or large quantities of Tetras cheap He should be your go too...

I do use http://www.Aquabid.com but with caution some people Live arrival guarantee suck, and most try to use USPS, This isnt always bad but if you live where I do USPS is very unreliable with shipping times I almost have to add a 1 to 2 days to ship time.. Just read up on the individuals replacement policy..

If you want to work a system you could use EBAY which is shunned by most actual breeders and suppliers, because the buyer protection screws the seller of live goods and leaves no responsibility to buyer on receiving the goods in a timely fashion or in being truthful that they actually arrived alive or not... Ebay will just take any money involved in the transaction regardless of seller policy's...

I dont usually ever buy from pet stores, especially if the intent is too breed... Nearly every pet store buys from http://www.segrestfarms.com/ petsmarts, petco, walmart, even some local shops and most of the time handled buy people that dont know WTF they are selling.. And mass producers like Seagrest have very weak color strains do to over breeding and inbreeding...

Example find a Boesemani rainbow in petco, then Find one from a specialty shop, you will noticed an extreme color difference, pets smart will tell you oh they will get darker with age, though there is some truth to this it doesnt mean you will have the color you will see when you google the fish I mentioned.. Back stock = bad color plain and simple....

There some food for thought... Hope this helps....
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Re: Support your Local Fish Store!

Postby Chief_USN » Mon Jun 24, 2013 8:00 pm

I'm in an area that has only two stores, a Petco and a privately own store that is way overpriced. I have been thinking about ordering from http://www.liveaquaria.com. Has anybody ordered from them before and how were they? I try and support the local shops but sometimes it's just not worth it.

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Re: Support your Local Fish Store!

Postby lordadamar » Tue Jun 25, 2013 3:37 pm

I have thought about them several times but I always find what I want at the places I mentioned cheaper.

I try to support local shops but as you mentioned they can be pricey, one reason for that is most order for Segrest farms, and I have have seen shipping bills from segrest in the tune on $400 or more... which unless your small shop can order large quantities this doesnt pay, thats why most of your local shops will tell you fish dont pay its the stuff that goes with them...

This is speaking from experience I had a friend that owned a pet store, Fish were almost a break even if they had them too long...

You have to remember Pet smarts and Petco buy from here also but buy it such huge quantities there shipping is reduced or non existent....

Side note: if your live in or near Portland Oregon Wet Spot is a local Brick and motor pet shop, they just do alot more importing and local breeding then your normal local store... Sign up for there newsletter tells you about there adventures trying to obtain some of these fish...
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