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What would you like to see in your LFS?

Alright guys, so I work in a fish store in the DWF area. My boss has recently been coming to me to pick out what comes in in FW orders. I figure I'd go right to the source. What would you like to see in your LFS if you had the opportunity to put an order in? Looking for livestock of any kind; inverts, plants, fish. Let me know, and I will do my best to appeal to the planted/freshwater community.

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Micro fish seems pretty rare in my area. No one has them.

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last order I made sure I got some bororas brigattae, hasbrosus corys, galaxy rasboras. problem is, we have 40 breeder sales tanks, these things seem to get lost in that large of a tank. however, this batch did better than usual. thanks for the inuput


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Fish that like to live in high Ph (7.6+) and hard water that aren't African Cichlids. That is what I have to work with. My tank has swordtails, cory catfish and oto catfish, but they are adaptable to different water parameters. I would like to get fish that could breed or thrive in my water.

I think that most of the best looking fish prefer softer, low Ph water to breed.

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More varieties of freshwater shrimp. I think it would definitely catch more peoples attention.

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Unless you are a specialty shop, the smartest things you can order are inexpensive, brightly colored fish and shrimp that can do well in your local tap water. You want to cater to the newbs, most seasoned aquarists don't spend much money in LFS's, you need to know your audience.


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Unless you are a specialty shop, the smartest things you can order are inexpensive, brightly colored fish and shrimp that can do well in your local tap water. You want to cater to the newbs, most seasoned aquarists don't spend much money in LFS's, you need to know your audience.
Just out of curiosity, where do seasoned aquarists get their fish and plants if not at a lfs?
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Just out of curiosity, where do seasoned aquarists get their fish and plants if not at a lfs?
Seeing as how they're aren't any decent lfs in my area I order all my plants and livestock online. I have a much better variety and usually better prices minus the shipping charges and then I try to either order enough to make it more than worth it or get a friend or two to go in on an order with me to cut down on the shipping.

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More varieties of freshwater shrimp. I think it would definitely catch more peoples attention.
I agree 100%. I've NEVER understood why a lot of LFS's don't try this. It seems like to me that a large variety of shrimp--provided the stock was consistent in quality and always available--would certainly attract both "newbies" and seasoned hobbyists.
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I have to agree with xmas, go either high end or mass market but not both. I get my fish mostly from Neptune Aquatic in Milpitas California. Check out their website for their stock list. When I worked in a fish store, we broke even on the live stick and made profits on equipment and supplies. It was a real mass market place. I think for a specialist place they might even make money on the livestock since thrust prices are so high.

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What I would like to see in a LFS is a well designed, set up and executed planted tank. This would be a show tank, and not be used to store stock for sale.

Important would be having the same equipment used available for purchase. Bonus would be an open stand under the tank where the equipment is in full view and can be seen working.

Along with the equipment, the store should make an attempt to stock the same plants and livestock as the display. (Obviously, seasonality may affect this)

This would tell me that the store knows and understands planted tanks.

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Unless you are a specialty shop, the smartest things you can order are inexpensive, brightly colored fish and shrimp that can do well in your local tap water. You want to cater to the newbs, most seasoned aquarists don't spend much money in LFS's, you need to know your audience.
Agreed. There's a reason most LFS don't carry hard to keep or rare species of anything. LFS are businesses after all. If you want to make your boss happy then suggest things that will sell well to your audience and promote repeat purchases. You won't make much money selling rare shrimp at $80 a pop. 98% of the customers that walk through the door probably have never seen a basic cherry shrimp.
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Aside from a better selection of fish/shrimp/plants, I would like to see lfs or even chain stores carry some rimless tanks.
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Alright guys, so I work in a fish store in the DWF area. My boss has recently been coming to me to pick out what comes in in FW orders. I figure I'd go right to the source. What would you like to see in your LFS if you had the opportunity to put an order in? Looking for livestock of any kind; inverts, plants, fish. Let me know, and I will do my best to appeal to the planted/freshwater community.

(On a side note; I wasn't sure where to post this thread. If any moderator would like to move it somewhere they feel more appropriate, please do)
Back to the original question, I would like to see Celestial Pearl Danios, and white Clouds. My walmart carries white clouds and my LFS does not... How weird is that. I'd also like to see more inverts. even if it was just red cherry shrimp and assassin snails, or even African Dwarf Frogs(are they considered inverts)

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Unless you are a specialty shop, the smartest things you can order are inexpensive, brightly colored fish and shrimp that can do well in your local tap water. You want to cater to the newbs, most seasoned aquarists don't spend much money in LFS's, you need to know your audience.
My 2 cents on this debate is there are plenty of easy care cheap fish that could make money in a lfs... and honestly if my LFS had a bit better variety I would be in there a lot more spending more money, because the closest specialty shops are an hour away.
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