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Working at a LFS?

Anyone on that works in a fish store? Thinking about applying to my LFS because I love the hobby and figure I may as well work somewhere involving a hobby of mine.

How is it? Does it kill the hobby for you at all?

People working at other places but in a similar situation feel free to chime in as well.

Just to get it out of the way, no this is definitely not a career choice for me but just something to make money while I attend school.
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I assume as with any job, you might not to be around it at home as much. lol. I fix xboxes and playstations in my own business and since I started that, I don't play games anymore. That's why I have tanks, its something different to work on after work and not think about consoles for another 14 hours.

I used to work at a fairly high end restaurant that had North American winning ribs. After eating them for 5 years, they weren't anything special. Friends would want to go out to eat and suggest there and I'd be like uggggg.

You just have to try and separate it I guess and despite having to clean 60 tanks in a day, still worry about doing WC's on your tanks at home and not think, blah, I don't want to work on my tanks todays. You also have to refrain from saying, no I don't want to sell you this fish cause I don't think you can take care of it, or you're stupid to be running that filter on that tank and smile and sell, its retail, that's your job.

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I assume as with any job, you might not to be around it at home as much. lol. I fix xboxes and playstations in my own business and since I started that, I don't play games anymore. That's why I have tanks, its something different to work on after work and not think about consoles for another 14 hours.

I used to work at a fairly high end restaurant that had North American winning ribs. After eating them for 5 years, they weren't anything special. Friends would want to go out to eat and suggest there and I'd be like uggggg.

You just have to try and separate it I guess and despite having to clean 60 tanks in a day, still worry about doing WC's on your tanks at home and not think, blah, I don't want to work on my tanks todays. You also have to refrain from saying, no I don't want to sell you this fish cause I don't think you can take care of it, or you're stupid to be running that filter on that tank and smile and sell, its retail, that's your job.
I was thinking about that aspect too...if I spend all day maintaining someone else's tanks I may not want to do anything with mine. Thankfully I just have a 20L and a MINI-L and both of them are low maintenance shrimp tanks that just require small partial WC's.
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Idk if I could do it. I'd have to knowingly sell fish to people who are completely clueless.

I overheard a conversation in my local petstore between the owner and some patrons...long story short, the owner says "no, you seriously don't want to put an Oscar in that tank."

Later that evening I saw the same buffoons buying an Oscar at Wal-Mart.

I'm not going soft, I like Oscars and have no issues feeding them live fish...but I know the results, these folks where clueless.
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I worked at a pet-shop in Texas for a year and a half before going to college. Our specialty was exotics and aquatics. I loved it, after about a year I was practically running the store (opening and closing everyday, placing orders, managing others). It definitely didn't kill the hobby for me, if anything it made it more enjoyable. At the store I could help customers set up their own planted tanks, offer advice regarding planted tanks, not to mention I could cheaply get my hands on almost any plants and equipment I wanted. I was also allowed to set up a planted display tank, the owner paid for all equipment and livestock I wanted for it no questions asked.

I say go for it! If you love fish, you will love working at an LFS. The first few months may be a little rough, but once you have earned the respect of your boss and co-workers everything works out well.
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I've worked at my LFS (Inland Aquatics) For going on to years now, and I love it. It doesn't kill the hobby at all. Plus, it gives you access to all kinds of cool stuff. I've gotten some pretty cool stuff from work, that otherwise I wouldn't have access to. Plus, discounts are nice.


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No LFS work here, but I work with cars. I very much enjoy cars and building my own.
I like it as I have made tons of contacts and hook ups as far as where to get this or that, or cheap places to get these.
Any field you work in with the general public you will have to deal with complete morons who aren't smart enough to realise that there wrong/don't have a clue what their talking about. Be it an LFS, mechanic shop, or which rifle scope combo really works.

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Any field you work in with the general public you will have to deal with complete morons who aren't smart enough to realise that there wrong/don't have a clue what their talking about. Be it an LFS, mechanic shop, or which rifle scope combo really works.
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