Thanks for the head's up on the Petco sales guys. Also, it seems to me that Petco is dropping a lot of their hardware stock to almost nothing lately, at least here in the Syracuse stores. I wonder what's up with that...could be just seasonal stock rotation but the last time I was in their store on Erie Blvd, it was stripped almost empty of any good filters or assorted paraphernalia associated with pumps, etc.
That auction in April is HUGE by the way. The festivities start at 10 am and go way past 9 pm, and there's always just a whole slew of plants and animals and equipment up for auction. HIGHLY recommend it! Also, if you see something on a table you want and you don't have the time to wait for it to get to the auctioneer, you can ask a volunteer to let you buy it right away and you pay the price on the tag (everything has a starting price tag) and add $2 to it and you can buy it right then and there.