My recent experience with tropical world pets.
So I headed out today on a whim to do some window shopping. I have yet to move into my house (still a work in progress) and have no tanks set up. I kind of went down there thinking "we'll just see what they have" because I know their plant selection hasn't ever been that great, and I've never really "made friends" with the owner or managers or anything.
Anyway, I start to peruse the fish selection, and they're pretty picked over (It was black Friday today anyway) but I keep seeing names. Cool names. Like "celestial pearl danio" and "chili rasbora" and "badis badis". They had some checkered rasbora and threadfin rainbows, and some bomb explitve shrimp. I thought it was kind of cool, cause all of those fish are on the "to do someday" list for me. Their plant selection was pretty bad. Still doing rock wool pots full of Florida Aquatic Nursery stuff, and had thrown the "dying" or older plants into a DEEPER tank that were marked 50% off. I bought some marsilia quadrifolia and some monte carlo from that tank, I think I can bring them both back in the emersed setup.
Anyway, so I keep browsing around and figure out that they no longer stock salt water. Which to me seemed exciting.
I keep poking around and what would you know, I see a Mr. Aqua rimless tank! I was like "oh man I bet this is going to be waaay more expensive than amazon"... wrong..... wrong wrong wrong. They have the deep blue professional 12x12x12 cube for $44. Even with tax this is way cheaper than amazon prime.
So I caved, and bought it to match my spare 12" light.
I talked to the guys up front, and they mentioned that they want to do more nano stuff, with more small but interesting fish. The salt water section is going to be turned into that sort of thing.
Also, they had dragon "ohko" stone, and I mentioned that it was pretty cool that they even had it, and the guy at the counter said they are going to order a bunch of serieu stone in the next couple weeks.
I'm pretty excited about the direction they are going, but dont know whats going to happen with their plant selection, surely theres a better way to sell them. I think they ought to run co2 on their flora tank and see if they can get in any of the aquacultured brands rather than florida aquatic.
Definitely going to be stocking my tank with their fish though.