uh oh i have seen this one before. The old LFS Vs Big chain Store. Ill say this, In the chain Stores i have been in and this is PERSONAL EXPERIENCE not fact across the board, Most chain stores don't care as much about the quality as they care about Volume of sales. and in some cases its not even the Chain store at my wal mart the employees are always complaining about the quality of fish they get from their SUPPLIER. and here is where corporate America comes into play, Buy it as cheap as you can and sell it as high as you can. That being said My LFS usually has higher Quality fish but they do cost more they reason they use better suppliers that cost more. BUT i have Tiger Barbs from Wal Mart that have been alive for 1.5 years and are getting HUGE! i agree Most pet chains should Stick to dry Goods but it really depends on the employees if they care then chances are they do everything they can to provide the best care possible, The closest Pet Co to me is one that i would rank in the top 10 stores to shop for pets, they have Really good EMPLOYEES that have even bought treatments out of their money cause the chain said let the fish die and replace. So my advice Look around, look at the store, the tanks and make your decision's on what you see, if they look neglected shop elsewhere.