I just picked up some Otocinclus catfish at Exotic. They had 2 tanks with them in it, one with just a few, and one with maybe 50 of them. When I asked for them the clerk told me the tank with 50 or so had fish that were delivered yesterday -at least 6 dead ones were in there, plus a few who looked distressed. He recommended not getting any of those, but to get the few in the other tank, over a week in the store.
I really appreciated this, because I hadn't even seen the tank with the few in it and was expecting to have to watch carefully so I wouldn't be getting near dead ones. Apparently there is a high mortality rate on Otos when they first arrive at the store, something I have read here before. Three cheers for Exotic!
I work at a LFS and it is common for Otos to perish soon after transport, unfortunately. Kudos to them for also not mixing the new shipment with the old and keeping the quarantines separate! I've known many LFS to not do such a thing, which is a shame. Congrats on healthy Otos!
“Alive without breath,
As cold as death;
Never thirsty, ever drinking,
All in mail never clinking.”
― J.R.R. Tolkien
Lets hope they stay open. I talked to an employee and right now they are hurting and are not ordering that many fish. Ottos, cardinals, and rummies all come from a different supplier because thats all they are selling.
Exotic is old school and used to be on florin road across the street from home depot. They expanded and now are on franklin blvd in a HUGE warehouse.
They are going to use the Roseville one for storage and breeding projects from what I gather. They have talked about shrimp but I don't think they will venture to fresh water really. There dad is always asking me to bring some of mine down to sell, but I think they have the setup for that yet...