Don't get me wrong it not a personal vendetta against jojo or his wife. I know personal things about the Aquascapes that a lot don't. Why? Jojo nephew and niece are my good friends.
Customer service? Ha jojo most times talks down on customers unless he sees you there a lot. Ally of people I deal with complains about him. His wife and some of his employees have great customer service.
The only time I've seen him talk down to someone was when that person deserved it. People who come into the store with a 'chip on their shoulder' or a 'know it all' attitude, or not being respectful. Who wouldn't talk down to someone like that? I would. In all other situations he's always very professional and courteous.
Rare plants introduced? You should talk to Scott why he don't order plants from certain vendor and bring them in. Maybe you understand a little more why Petland and some other petstores dont wanna carry your so called jojo introduced plants. I am not trying to start a battle with you but I think you should really look into your petstores I little more.
Dude, they don't bring in those plants because they can't. These are not plants that are farmed by nurseries. They are not available on a 'plant list' that a wholesaler provides. Believe me, if they had the opportunity to bring in these plants, they would.
Let me clarify why I don't but 90% of Aquascapes stock.
1. Prices are way too expensive for any novice or beginning Aquascaper. Why? Who has that kind of money unless you have a stable job or great paying job.
Huh? Are we all children that don't have jobs? Maybe some of us are.....
2. This is a hobby. You can get the same quality equipment at Kalihi, coral reef, amazon, etc. For a lesser price. Jojo has a shoe hobby that he loves, and he displays more than he stocks. So where do you think the money goes to his bills? Yeah his hobby bills. There is no msrp on fish supplies so it not against the law and I respect that. Everyone has the vice. There are a lot of things at Aquascapes that a lot of people don't carry but here a kicker just Ada ammazonian was almost 70 for 9l and coral reef just had it for $55 wow big difference ah?
Who cares where Jojo spends his money? What the heck does that have to do with anything? Sure you can get things cheaper at other places. But that's not what people are saying you should go to Aquascapes for anyways. Their niche is in the quality fish and plant selection as well as hardscape variety. Sure they charge more for it, but you can't get those things easily elsewhere.
3. Jojo has great scales but Scott does 100 times better than Aquascapes. More full of life and more color. Philip is just as good and I haven't seen in my history of going to Petland one case of bga blow out!
That's great, Im sure Scott has some kick a$$ scapes, never said he didn't. Only that Jojo has some awesome ones too. About that BGA, sure you don't see it at Petland, I'm sure Philip takes care of it right away before it gets out of hand, if it decides to show up. I thought you're "good friends" with Jojo's niece and nephew? Then you should surely know why Jojo decided on letting the tank 'go' and not treating the BGA? I guess you're not THAT close?
4. Experience? If it wasn't for Kalihi pets jojo wouldn't be where he is now. That's what's wrong with people now a days. When they get somewhere they forget where they came from.
So what's the point? Yes Jojo gained experience at Kalihi pets. Who said he forgot where he came from? Nobody is dissing Kalihi pets or any other petstore except you.
Well here my final say in this Aquascapes has a good selection. If your a advance Aquascaper and know what your doing. Aquascapes is not for the beginners. Plain and simple. If you ain't got money forget it. There people on Fh trying to sell there driftwood and rocks and still have it. Why what you paid for is hard to get rid of once your out of the hobby and give up. I Been in this hobby on and off since I was in elementary. I have over 20 years experience and still am learning
Why your change in attitude now, in your post above you said "I would not recommend giving business to them to anyone."
? Why can't a beginner go to Aquascapes? Maybe if they went to Aquascapes and got the correct information (instead of misinformation that seems to be running rampant around these parts) and the correct tools to be successful, then they wouldn't be getting frustrated and leaving the hobby?
One more thig bga is a bacteria..... Look it up all algaes are. Bga is one of the worse. Bga can cause a bacteria infection on fish..... Hmmm braddah you really need to look into your fact and ask question before jumping to conclusions. fact is I upkeep my tanks on a daily basis. So Antoine of infection or sickness is rare unless I just bought the fish. My tank that had bga ALL fish were healthy and breeding for over 6 months now.
Have a great day
Are you for real?
Yes, BGA is a bacteria, a cyanobacteria to be more precise.
NO, all algae is NOT bacteria. That is misinformation. If all algae is bacteria then we could all just dose some antibiotics in the tank and have algae free aquariums! That would be great! BGA can infect your tank water, but not your fish. Some types of BGA can produce toxins that are released into the water that could potentially harm the fauna in the tank, but the BGA is NOT infecting the actual fish. Where did I jump to a conclusion? If I jumped to a conclusion that your fish was sick it was only because of the way you structured your sentence.
The other way is erythromycin or marcyn. 99.9% died and my fish back to health.
You alluded to the fact that your fish was 'back to health' which lead me to believe they were sick?
Please stop spreading misinformation. It's really doing an injustice to the hobby.