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Thread: If you could set-up a fish store
04-28-2013, 04:46 PM #11
^A store we usually shop at had their last shipment come in with tons of ich. One whole section of their displays has to be on hold while they try to save the fish. ( Their setuo has different sections run off of different water so at least it didnt get spread to everything, and they can take tanks off of the central water by lowering water level.)
I would not make a good fish shop owner, I dont always do well with people. Although the numbers and planning would be easy for me.
04-28-2013, 06:23 PM #12
Geez, some people just don't know how to play. This isn't the real world sucks and I would never put animals through that, this is what if you could fun play land. C'mon, dream a little, play a little, and what sort of store would you open if you could a little?
I would have a huge assortment of rare fish in a huge shop with rows and rows of tanks, both saltwater and freshwater. I would also sell all that great equipment I am always hearing about but can never find in my area. Move over Big Al's and Wet Pets, there is a new kid in town... and Smaug is still not invited.People say if you can't say something nice then don't say anything at all... Then they wonder why am I so quiet.
Everything happens for a reason. Sometimes that reason is you are stupid and make bad decisions.
I think my fish is adjusting well to the four gallon, He's laying on his side attempting to go to sleep on the bottom of the gravel.
A moderator on a fish forum should be able to identify an oscar... Don't you think?
04-29-2013, 08:44 AM #13
XD Anyone who knows me should know the answer
The probability of being watched is directly proportional to the stupidity of the act
04-29-2013, 10:12 AM #14
04-29-2013, 01:19 PM #15
Personally it would be freshwater only, my "theme" for the store would be size. So going from left to right along the wall would be fish that max out at a larger size to the right. I would have 3
Display tanks 1st would be a set up with numerous small fish like mollies, sword tails, khuli loaches dwarf cichlids etc
2nd would be more medium sized fish like firemouths, larger tetras/barbs
3rd would be a monster tank, balas clown loaches common plecos oscars and a giant gourami.
The display tanks would only be filled with fish that are a minimum of 3/4 fully grown so that no one could have any bad perceptions of the eventual size of a fish.
Also I would stock zero goldfish of anykind :My therapist says I need a bigger tank . . . . .
04-29-2013, 04:50 PM #16
My last shop was salt water and fresh water. I have had a design for a shop in the works since I closed my old shop 22 years ago due to the collapse of the mom and pop market.
It would require a space of 3,000 to 4,000 square feet of floor space. At the front of the shop would be a customer orientation center where business was done, the cashier station dry goods etc. This would be a small yet comfortable place for one's eyes to adjust prior to and after the experience. We would also seek to control the amount of viewers within the gallery at one time at this point.
Entering the shop proper you would walk between two massive 2000 gallon amazon biotope aquariums. Through a 4 foot wide passage 8 feet long into the gallery area. Within this gallery area would be numerous well designed well thought out and variously equipped aquariums of various dimensions and skill capacity levels. The upper areas above all of the tanks would hold plants from all regions and the tanking and plant stocks would be broken out into regional areas. The tanks would be stocked as inspirational aquatic settings. Life would not be sold from them. A place to sit in front of each aquarium would be provided. A head phone would be available describing the setting and stocking of each aquarium. A full color brochure of aquatic life plant life equipments and accoutrements would be at each station. One could copy a setting or create a complete biotope experience. Of course all of these would be available for custom installation into one's own settings.
To the rear of the gallery area would be the area where life would be housed and furnished to the clientele. The display area here would be compact and efficient in a manor mirroring a wholesale operation. Tight compact efficient and extremely sanitary would be the goal. Optimal capacity to give the fish plants and other life the best possible care while they await their new homes. All the while keeping this rather hectic place from the experience one could enjoy within the confines of the gallery area.
life forms would include all aquatic types that are safe, collected properly or captive bred and not cumbersome to house or care for, we would have a large selection of both aquatic plants and supporting non aquatic plants to create biotopes. Fresh water, saltwater, aquatic biotope using fresh water plants marine coral systems and minor environments for amphibian and reptilian species within a biotope setting. The gallery would be like stepping into a living jungle within a space.
It is all designed and equipped on paper and there has been a tentative space for it for 10 years now. I even have the store budgeted. Dollars are what keeps this place existing only on paper.
04-29-2013, 04:50 PM #17
04-29-2013, 05:30 PM #18
For my fish store, it would be set up a lot like the Wet Spot in Portland, OR. No central filtration system, all run on sponge filters and a larger air pump supply. It would be set up in 6 sections. Each section would have a hired specialist in the area where they worked readily available to help select and instruct anyone new to the hobby.
The sections are as follows:
1) Salt Water easy care corals and fish with an option to order without paying shipping for anything hard to keep or elaborate.
2) African Cichlid's.
3) Discus with all bare bottom tanks. There would be multiple 300 gal tanks for each species in size ranges 3in-6in with a break off section for proven and potential pairs.
4) Community section with everything from neon's and cardinals to rainbows. Plants would also be featured here.
5) South American Cichlids.
6) Tank displays. This is where each of the previous sections would be displayed. It is also the first thing the customers would see when they walk in the door. In this section would be all driftwoods and accessories along with a large sign that said "SAY NO TO CLOWN PUKE!". Size tanks from 10-500 would be stocked with discus applications to glow fish backlight applications.
Ideally I would have staff at the front door to great the guest, find the goal of the visit and then assist them with any needs. If they were to see a customer ogling over say an African tank, said employee would then gather information about the customers current situation and be able to answer questions and/or educate the customer on the display. Anything needed to create it to fish in the tank and then direct the customer back to the section where they can locate and purchase what they would need.
Also a major investment would be made for both online and physical media relating to fish. A primer on each species would be available at each tank with a linked suggestion of appropriate tank mates and sizes. Also an online pictorial stock list would be updated every shipment with a specific employee put in charge of online interaction, running an Aquabid auction list and all shipping and customer service escalations.
I swear I haven't thought of this before...
Also with every purchase I would like to set the back of the reciept to have the appropriate way to cycle without fish. Also a hand out to show propper aclimation to the tank.
Something else I would like to incorporate is a price match guarantee. Bring me the appropraite add or show me the price and I will match. The only exclusion would be on tanks with the $/gallon sale depending on my distrubutor costs for it and overhead v.s. how much other proffit it generates.
04-29-2013, 05:42 PM #19
If I were to have a store that I knew I could rely on and focus on enough that could live happily this would be the set up
Would be a decent sized place, would require a clean look to it, not just hundreds of tanks thrown in a room.
I would want a broad spectrum of species, I would ideally like to not have any overstocked tanks
Would want to specialize in dwarf cichlids while still selling everything. Be stocked by local customers as much as possible (as long as no bad experience with them ie poor quality fish)
Have multiple plant tank set ups, and I will steal a few ideas from above people that would have a bio-media tank and have memberships available for monthly deals and small discounts