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A Quick Survey

PostPosted: Tue Apr 05, 2016 1:57 pm
by haidynp
Hi everyone! I'm doing research for a class project about tropical fish and was hoping you could help me out by answering a few questions for me!

Where do you typically purchase tropical fish? Do you ever purchase fish online?

What information do you look for when purchasing tropical fish?

If you are choosing between two fish to buy, what do you use to decide?

What do you wish was different about the websites where you buy tropical fish? What do you like about them?


I would really appreciate help with this. Thank you for your time!

Re: A Quick Survey

PostPosted: Tue Apr 05, 2016 3:54 pm
by ScottFish
Sure thing, and welcome to the Forum. We hope you will also use this site to tell us about your setup.

I have purchased fish online, and from the "Big Box" pet stores. I look for the exact fish I want (vs. what happens to be available), the health of the fish, and the price. Re. choosing between two fish: if same fish: it is all about health, then cost; if two different fish: it is also about the eco-type of my aquarium setup, and compatibility. Not to say about the websites; most are pretty good as is.

Re: A Quick Survey

PostPosted: Tue Apr 05, 2016 6:01 pm
by C. Andrew Nelson
Glad to help out. I normally purchase my fish from my local fish store. I'm very loyal to them because of their high quality fish, their business practices (which include quarantining all livestock before it goes into any of the showroom tanks), and their excellent customer service.

I have never purchased fish online, however I am considering it. Although my LFS is wonderful, they are a small store and can't carry every species of fish I might desire to keep.

When I'm buying tropical fish there is a lot of information I want to gather such as whether they were wild caught or tank raised, the general age of the fish, how long the dealer/shop has had the fish in stock, the water parameters they've been kept in by the seller, and the overall condition of the fish. All the basic info about a particular species (place of origin, habitat, feeding, water requirements, behavior, breeding, etc.) I usually have already researched prior to shopping for fish.

If I'm choosing between two fish species to purchase I consider which is going to be the better fit with the tank set-up I have. I'm all about planted community tanks so I want to consider which of the two is more compatible with the community I'm establishing. Sometimes I also gave to keep in mind bioload. If one of the two fish is going to create more waste than the other, then I'll usually go with the one that's less of a polluter. If I'm choosing between two of the same species, I look for the one that appears to be healthier, more active, and younger (not quite full grown). Price is secondary. I'm willing to pay a bit more for healthy, quality fish. I can pinch pennies on supplies, but never on the fish themselves.

As far as the websites of online fish sellers, most of them are pretty good and informative.

Re: A Quick Survey

PostPosted: Wed Apr 06, 2016 6:23 am
by Crazygar
Welcome to the Forum and here are my answers;

Where do you typically purchase tropical fish? Do you ever purchase fish online?
I am fortunate to have a Tropical Fish Importer right here in the City I live, so I purchase most locally. I am not a huge fan of Big Box stores.

What information do you look for when purchasing tropical fish?
Reputation. If a place has great fish, and massive selection but everything is either sick or dying, I avoid. If everyone can't say enough good things about a place, I tend to go there.

If you are choosing between two fish to buy, what do you use to decide?
Tank size, Tank type, Tank inhabitants (if any), Tank availability and dietary needs and if it's a fish that's on my "must own" list.

What do you wish was different about the websites where you buy tropical fish? What do you like about them?
Websites are nice, but I find from others, and the few times I've purchased online, what you get is not exactly what you wanted. I prefer to keep it local or other hobbyists.

Gary

Re: A Quick Survey

PostPosted: Wed Apr 06, 2016 6:47 am
by ballpc
haidynp wrote:Where do you typically purchase tropical fish? Do you ever purchase fish online?

Either on-line or at local club swaps and/or auctions. Probably 80% on-line with the other 20% through local club sales.

haidynp wrote:What information do you look for when purchasing tropical fish?

1) Price
2) Wild / Tank Raised
3) If wild - collection info

haidynp wrote:If you are choosing between two fish to buy, what do you use to decide?

1) Health, condition
2) Size

haidynp wrote:What do you wish was different about the websites where you buy tropical fish? What do you like about them?

Most of my purchases go through Aqua-Bid. Searches done on completed auctions could be better, but overall the site works great.

Dennis

Re: A Quick Survey

PostPosted: Thu Apr 07, 2016 7:51 pm
by Photoman
Happy to help out. I have bought fish from a small pet shop chain. They only have 3 stores. They have a very good selection of fish. I also go to a local mom and pa fish store.I have also bought fish from swap meets. The fish are tank raised not farm raised. The Greater Chicago Cichlid Association puts on the swap meet. There just isn't cichlids at the show. But, If you see a fish you want, buy it at that time. Because if you want them others want them and will be gone when you get back to the table. I have never bought fish on line. But I have bought plants and snails. I didn't have any problem . I might buy a fish on line if it is hard to get and the locals won't order or carry them. What do I look for when purchasing fish? I am a person that likes have different kinds of fish in my tanks. But the big thing is they have to be compatible with the other fish I have in the tank. I ask a lot of questions before I purchase. Quality of fish is my main concern. I am not going to screw up my tanks with sick fish. Although you always hope to get hearty healthy fish. I read a lot about tropical fish . But Noway do I even know 2% of everything there is to know. Most on line fish stores do a good job of informing you about the fish they are selling. If you want more info you can always cal them up. I only ran into one on line store that wasn't to my liking. Remember that shipping and packaging the fish for mailing cost a lot. So I'll say that don't buy fish that you can get locally. I hope this helps yu out. Please send pictures of your tank. I would like to see it.