Shopping for Aquariums
Most hobbyists who keep aquariums will know of a good aquatic store near to them, and not only are these places a good place to get quality products from, but also they will be able to answer any questions you may have and advise you on what you need for your aquarium.
There are a few things to look for when choosing a good aquatic store. One of the most important factors is choosing one that provides healthy fish. An aquatic store will be able to tell you where they get their fish from and these should be officially recognised companies who deal with ethical farming.
A good aquatic store will also have a range of aquariums on display with catalogues of other aquariums that are not displayed. They will also be willing to take back any products that are faulty or not to your satisfaction.
A good aquatic store will be clean and all the aquariums should appear clean as well. There should be limited algae growth on the aquarium glass The fish and plants inside the aquariums should all look healthy and there should not be any dead fish inside any of the aquariums. If there is a dead fish then let the staff know and see if they seem interested in dealing with the problem.
When looking at the fish they should appear healthy and be active and show good colour for the particular species. They should not be fighting with other fish inside the aquarium because a good aquatic store will know which fish to place with which fish.
There should be a good selection of equipment including lighting and additional equipment for aquariums. The larger the range of products the better.
The aquatic store should have a large selection of food to offer including frozen and live food products.
Ask the staff for advice on your aquarium and if they seem interested and willing to help then this is a good start. Often a store will just try and sell you things that you don't need so make sure you trust them before purchasing anything. Maintaining an aquarium can be expensive depending on your set up. Let them know if you are on a budget and see what they recommend.
An aquatic store with low prices is not always the best choice. Look online for good store near to you. Generally the aquatic community is very helpful and like to write about their hobby and share ideas. Quite often people will rate the local aquatic stores around you which can help a lot when choosing a suitable one.