RANTS! Are Local Fish Stores a Dying Breed?

  • Published on:  Wednesday, March 6, 2019
  • This is my response to two videos lately talking about local fish stores and the comments people make. I wanted to bring my opinion on the subject as I own a local fish store.
    First Video was from KG Tropicals: https://www.youtuclip.com/video/slckEsgUoFE/video.html
    Second Video by Prime Time Aquatics: https://www.youtuclip.com/video/P2SQ7KBURWI/video.html
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  • Aquarium Co-Op

    Aquarium Co-Op

     3 months ago +1

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  • omniXenderman


     8 hours ago

    To be fair if I'm paying 10$ for a neon it better be the biggest most robust most brightly colored neon I've ever seen 😂

  • KerriNature


     6 days ago

    ROFL ok this is my favourite opening you've done, word salad making me giggle. "...all it means right now is there's a bunch of people watching me... and that doesn't necessarily mean anything " hehehe

  • Julian Morgan

    Julian Morgan

     7 days ago +1

    "If your LFS is not quarantining fish they deserve to go out of business" = rough paraphrase, but yes totally agree, and yes mine did! They also went about pricing totally wrong IMO in trying to compete on price with the UK equivalent of Petco, when they should have been educating their customers about quality of stock, transportation methods(ref. care of fish during shipping to and from wholesalers to LFS, i.e. cheap is rarely also good), and of course quarantine.

    The quarantine period is also a great opportunity to condition the fish. In the UK your three meds combo is not legally possible, but they could certainly use aspects of it and selling fish that haven't been at least dewormed, fed good food and are looking their best is simply stupid. I don't know of a store within 50 miles of my home that properly quarantines - they all assume wholesalers do this and rely on massive central UV systems to fight disease. So fish get sick when you bring them home - but I've heard these jokers then convincing their inexperienced customer that THEY killed their fish.

    On both occasions when I've overheard this kinda thing and intervened, it turned out that the customer had a better quarantining set up than the fish store, and their quarantining had done exactly what it was supposed to in identifying a sick fish and protecting their existing stock. Guess where I buy my fish? Not from any local stores! Mostly I prefer to buy from fellow hobbyists with decent standards.

  • Darren Delmonaco

    Darren Delmonaco

     7 days ago

    I only use LFS never online and like the personal interaction.

  • Nanette Lai

    Nanette Lai

     7 days ago

    I love all the food analogies!

  • Aquatic Highs

    Aquatic Highs

     7 days ago

    So many fantastic LFS near me couple musky dark gross ones too lol.

  • Kevin Leong

    Kevin Leong

     14 days ago

    I agree. When I went to one of my somewhat local fish stores and wanted to get my aquarium water tested and hopefully buy fish they said it was $5 for each test and I wanted all of the most common aquarium parameters tested and then I was going to buy fish. Haven't been there since.

  • alister9669


     14 days ago

    I wish my local fish store would watch this. Especially quarantining their fish. How many hobbyist really have the room to do quarantine tanks. If only I could trust my local store's fish I'd shop with them more often.

  • Sandra Macklin

    Sandra Macklin

     21 days ago

    Yes I shop at local fish stores. I've always loved walking from tank to tank to see what they have. I mostly go to buy fish and live plants or for something I really need right now. Unfortunately, the old mom and pop tropical fish store here in Phoenix that I've gone to for the last 40 years has gone from the best place in town, to no point in driving there, since due to the present owner, there is nothing there I want. The place is dirty, grimy, cluttered with old used tanks and junk. They obviously just don't care anymore. It was depressing. No longer a nice selection of healthy fish, quarantined and medicated. Just a few dingy tanks with algae and dead rotting fish floating in them. Sad, but the place I recommended to other hobbyists years ago, I no longer will be visiting anymore myself. So time to find another good privately owned fish store near me to get my fish fix.

  • Katherine P

    Katherine P

     28 days ago

    I had to got to 3 different stores to find a fish net larger than 2x3 inches last week. That seems like a pretty basic item for 2 stores to be out of at the same time.

  • Sally Dorsey

    Sally Dorsey

     1 months ago

    How did you become so smart u need o get school grade 6-8

  • Thomas Kong

    Thomas Kong

     1 months ago

    This is why I don't even bother looking at the dry goods area in my local fish shop. Already know they going to add some ridiculous mark up vs online LOL

  • eightgeorge


     1 months ago

    I use organic garden soil half inch and free beach sand on top. My plants are thriving, it's cheap and corydous love it. Just my 2 cents.

  • ShadowMare Z

    ShadowMare Z

     1 months ago

    "I got that Nickel, don't break that dollar" Lmao

  • claverton


     2 months ago

    the interesting thing about this vid is it's business advice or insights if you like that is perfectly applicable to any small/medium sized business in this day and age, not just the fish shop business

  • Brandon Nartker

    Brandon Nartker

     2 months ago +1

    17:00 so true. By telling people to use machines you are giving up your job

  • Nic Tennick

    Nic Tennick

     2 months ago

    This reminds me of Jordan Peterson with his "clean up your damn bedroom" line.

  • Michael Newell

    Michael Newell

     2 months ago

    How’s YouTube a unfair advantage? Anyone can start a YouTube channel and build it the same way you did. Sounds like an excuse to me... Thank you so much for sharing your knowledge!!

  • beloved215


     2 months ago

    I want to open a fish Store in philly not many