One of my jobs is down the Street from Lovely Pets. So I've poked in a few times, but I haven't been impressed with selection or prices, and I don't want to sound like I'm knocking them. Steve is a good guy, and he's surviving, and they are a good place to go to, I'm just picky, and resourceful. The cardinal tetra selection has always been captive bred from Vietnam anytime I've been in, and at their price point, (which is usually avg in comparison to other mortar stores to be fair) I find it too expensive to justify for the quantity I need.
It's always this fine line of wanting to support local business, and not wanting to get too crazy on the markup spending too. When I know I can get what I want, shipped for less then half the retail price It's a hard sell to myself especially when we are talking hundreds of dollars before Discus. The last time i saw Ned's prices via FB they seemed nice and cheap so I'll probably head up that way when we are all back to normal again.
I've been home for weeks already quarantined, I'm ready to drive a bit.
The wholesaler you know, I won't mention by name also has only had captive bred.
Quincy aquarium I've had some good luck at for some fish, but again, captive bred source's, and his supplier list's don't offer wild caught.
Petsmart hasn't had them in years which I thought was odd given their support for the project initially, and the other big box store has never offered them.
Long term for the discus, is breeding, and I'm stuck between going F1 style, or go German red turquois route, so the selection is a big factor, and I doubt it'll be soon.
I have zero interest in mixing variants together. Not my thing...
I want to get the other fish in first, and settled before adding discus.
I want to knock out the 25>30 cardinal tetras, and 25>30 rummey nose tetras first, then some peacock gudgeons 6>8 (maybe), whiptail cat, still on the fence for corys.
I'm starting a 400>600g Geophagus tank at the end of the summer, so I'll be sourcing for those as well at some point, and a blue eyed pleco.
I'm not into the image, but into the hobby...