I was recently on holidays and as usual, I always stop at LFS in random towns to check out there fish selection. This weekend I was up at Williams lake so I visited the fish store I didn't get to visit last year. I was excited
I walked out of this store with a smile on my face and a few tears in my eyes. The LFS had some of the coolest Tanganikan's I have seen any where. I walked around the store with the owner naming off all the fish I recognized. He was amazed on my African knowledge.
I was amazed I could recognize any of them because the tanks were filthy. This store had the dirtiest tanks I have ever seen. Literally no filters on any of them. All that was left was a single air line blowing the odd bubble into the tanks. He had filters but most were not working. Hair algae factory going on, I was saddened. Great selection of Africans. Almost all 30+ tanks had them. Many were mature. Most likely because no one is buying them. There was literally 2" of sediment on the bottom of every tank. My god!
Im not sure if I would ever buy a fish from that store. They'd likely go into shock after being introduced to my clean water. I left the store without saying goodbye which isn''t like me. I was so close to asking the owner why he tanks are so horrible and why he chooses to do nothing about it. I decided to not comment( wish I would of) and left.
Im still scratching my head on how the owner could say to me as I entered his store. "I have the largest selections of cichlids in BC" That comment proves to me he is passionate about his store. Why doesn't he care his fish tanks are disgusting? Its not good foe the fishs heath to live in a pit. He had a couple of large tanks that were his prized fish. Once again absolutely filled with years of left over food etc......
Just wanted to share my experience. I will not name the store, In hopes he will CLEAN his act up. You Tang collectors would of loved to see all his fish but most likely left like me scratching you head wondering. We would die for fish like that closer to home.
I will assume the store will likely run out of business. If I lived up there. Id be applying for a job there and cleaning the heck out of his tanks. Im sure his store was a hidden Gem back in the day.