It is good to watch and try to take care. But then there is also some value in what you are seeing at the shop. Assuming these folks are in business for some time and indicate that they plan to stay in business as well as make money? Sometimes that is not true but lets assume it is in this case.
that leaves us with a successful business so they obviously do not kill most of the stock that they receive. Since they pay no attention at all to the water specs, and they don't kill enough fish to worry them, does it follow that the water specs are not all that important to them?
If the shop who apparently has water totally off the charts doesn't worry the question, do we need to worry as much as we do?
I understand what you are saying, but I guess I just suffer from the curse of being a perfectionist. That doesn't mean I'm perfect, far from it!.
For me I cannot understand doing something where one is dedicated to succeeding, such as a business, but not having a firm grasp on the details of what they are undertaking.
Do we need to worry? I wouldn't use the word worry, (that doesn't accomplish anything), but I understand what you mean. I believe that there is a direct correlation between having a good understanding of what you wish to undertake, and the success you have with it. If you look at the extreme, say a guy wants some fish, so he buys a tank, throws some tap water in it, and dumps a bunch of fish into it. V.S. the guy who learns about prepping the water, cycling his tank, doing regular water changes, not over feeding, etc etc. Fish can survive, or they can thrive in a healthy environment. To me that is a big difference. That goal is why we are here and not glued to our TV. :-)
Below is a picture I took this morning. Apologies for the quality, super old phone is my only camera right now. You can see the cardinals on the left behind the Cryptocoryne parva, they were out and about earlier but retreated after their meal, the two albino Cories are the white blurs passing by in the middle, they stick together like glue and are very active, and the Rasboras are in the center directly above the black sand. The rocks on the right are petrified wood with a Anubias Barteri coffeefolia stuck between them. The orange thing in the middle is actually a pretty cool looking piece of driftwood, although you wouldn't know it from the poor photo. It's arched in the middle forming kind of a cave underneath it. The tank setup is new, it's a 10 gallon glass and was dirted and planted two days ago, so it's still a bit cloudy. My first planted tank!!! Woo-Hoo!
Thanks to all you guys!