View Full Version : Any one else google at the fish store?
06-08-2012, 02:30 AM
It never fails, it doesn't matter how much I research and prepare, there's always something at the fish store that either I didn't think to look up, or looks way better in person than online so I didn't bother to look it up. The good fish store is an hour away so inevitably I end up pulling out the phone and googling fish compatibility in public. I know I must look like an ass walking around staring at my phone and ignoring all the workers, but I gotta have my facts right :hmm3grin2orange: I can't tell you how many times an in store google has saved me from making a mistake, most recently almost buying a Synodontis I thought was a dwarf that actually got over a foot.
06-08-2012, 02:49 AM
Thats what I do a lot. Helps. Certainly. I find it more private to go back to the greenhouses though. No one is interested in plants :hmm3grin2orange:
06-08-2012, 03:08 AM
I do it all the time. One store I go to changes out what it gets a lot so I like to look them up when I am there ( even though we are buying no new fish other than replacement right now).
06-08-2012, 04:19 AM
Same here. What sucks though if my brother forgets his phone. My phone doesn't have internet because i never needed it, until i got into fishkeeping. Lol
What I do then, i just list the names of the fish and research when i get back home.
06-08-2012, 04:20 AM
Always do it. The worst is, as your searching your phone dies -_- Then you have to go back home look whatever you need to look up. Figure out it works in your tank and then go back.
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06-08-2012, 04:59 AM
I have googled at the fish store a few times. Sadly though it seems the two good lfs I frequent in my city don't really get anything worth googling anymore.
06-08-2012, 07:12 AM
I do it frequently, google and the AC fish database have saved me quite a bit of hassle on several occassions!
06-08-2012, 11:23 AM
I do it all the time and it has saved me a few times. Unfortunately my connection is so bad inside the building that it takes 10x longer than it would if I was outside with a good connection but I'm always too lazy to go outside to do it instead of just looking at the fish with a bad connection.
06-08-2012, 12:49 PM
All the time. Sometimes I see a species I'm not familiar with and I check its requirements before I consider buying.
06-08-2012, 12:59 PM
my phone has no reception at the fish store I use.
Thankfully the owner is really friendly and lets me use his computer in his office!
I've even used it to do stuff on the site of the fish club I run ;)
06-08-2012, 02:08 PM
I check out the fish on the internet while at the store all time. When all the labels for the fish read 10+ gallons, or mild temperament, it makes you wonder...
06-08-2012, 02:38 PM
I'm guilty if you want to call it that. I have certain sites that I compare for information. I have even shown people several times why they shouldn't choose the common pleco an assortment of cichlids, and neon tetras to put in with their goldfish and crayfish. Ok maybe not that extreme, but certainly explaining schooling and cycling to people. Once I even had to prove to an employee why they shouldn't try to net a pictus cat.
Google is your friend!
06-08-2012, 03:04 PM
I've Googled at the fish/pet store... Not only to check if a fish is compatible but to check the needs of certain plants etc.... However if I'm in a chain store like Petsmart or Petco I'm checking prices on equipment... Many times I found stuff on Amazon much cheaper and they have always matched the price.
06-08-2012, 03:44 PM
Same here in regards to checking out prices on products from amazon versus local stores. I found that most equipment can be purchased for cheaper online that at the stores. The one exception are the actual aquariums. I'm guessing it has to do with shipping heavy glass.
As for live plants and fish its been much cheaper, by a large margin, to buy locally. Again this is due to shipping costs, for live specimens.
On the plus side of locally purchased fish, there are some really good seasonal deals from various stores which help fill out your aquariums for cheap. My only worry is the condition of these fish when the stock so many and so fast.
I do it all the time ever since I bought non aquatic plants thinking the lfs was an honest place.... Live and learn. One of my LFS i visit is underground so I am constantly running up and down the stairs just so I can google lmao what a workout.
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