Yeah, I miss the LFS that was by me when I live in NY, they took AMAZING care of their fish, asked you about what kind of tank you were putting the fish in you requested, what other fish were in there etc. etc. Everyone was super knowledgeable. And I got to know a few of the people that worked there full time and it was always just so nice going in there. And they had so many nice tanks it was like going to the aquarium
The other awesome thing was that they QT'd all the fish before putting them in the display / sell tanks so I could bring fish home and put them straight in my tank without having to worry at ALL. Sigh. Generally speaking, they had good prices too. But even for the few fish that were slightly more expensive (like otos) it was worth it, because I knew I was getting otos that were more likely to survive because they'd already been quarantined (which is probably why they cost more, because the store had lost 50% during QT)
ANYWAY......I hope I find a good LFS soon too!
I'd like to get like 6 harlequins to put in QT in the 5g to keep the cycle going in there, they should be ready to move over to this tank a little after I get the Guppies from Sara. I don't want to stock too quickly because because the bioload in this tank is SO LOW at this point, that I need to stock slowly to let the beneficial bacteria catch up.
Anyway.....that's the plan at the moment. I do also want to get some more CPDs in here so I'll work on that too.