Join Date: Feb 2008
Location: Blue Springs, MO
I lived in Mokane, MO for the last seven years (halfway between Jefferson City and Fulton) and my advice would be to order discus online. Get a good quality female and then order a box of wilds from Anubias Design and you'll be much happier in the long run.
The local stores in Columbia, Jefferson City, Fulton, are pretty clueless. The guy in Fulton is nice and tries hard but has a horrible selection (as in none most of the time) though he gets in some anibus on occasion that's pretty good.
The Fin&Feather store in Mexico, MO is probably the best in the area but it's a bit pricy and hit-&-miss on anything but standard stock fish. They do have a used equipment rack that you can find a good bargain on once in awhile but there tanks are priced out of the market.
I'm moving to KC (actually put the house on the market and I'm working full time in KC now) so I gave the Fulton store the last of my peacock Cichlid's last weekend - one adult striped peacock, five six month old striped and eight six month old strawberry's (albino's that turn a light peach/strawberry shade).
Once I get setup and breeding again I'll probably start taking some down to the Fulton store on a semi-regular basses which means discus, pencilfish, galaxy rasboro, betta's and cherry shrimp.