I agree with you now. I must have been there after a shipment. I went in 2 weeks ago and the plant selection was not very good. Some looked just bad. Fish population was ok but plants were a letdown.
Their prices for equipment are very high, so no purchases like that from there either.
I wound up heading to house of tropicals for some spare driftwood/ludwigia red. Prices were comparable but overall less at HoT.
I still think it is a good store for people that can't make it to HoT.
The puppy thing, well this was a mall store in a past life. So I guess they stuck with that. I would never buy a puppy, all of mine have been pound pups....well dogs!