Showing Some Love For Local Fishstores On Small Business Saturday

Sandwiched between Black Friday and Cyber Monday is a relatively new commercial holiday called Small Business Saturday. For the last several years we’ve made an appointment with our Local Fish Stores on this Saturday after Thanksgiving. This year we documented our…

The Decline of the Local Fish Store (And Some Possible Ways to Save them)

The mom and pop grocery store, the local hardware store, the corner Five-and-Dime are all stores that have for the most part vanished from our lives due to big box stores replacing them. Unfortunately the same thing is happening more…

This video is mandatory watching for anyone who deals with LFS

Let’s face it, there’s been a huge shift in the dynamics of the marine aquarium hobby and industry over the last ten years. For the most part the aquarist as a consumer has gotten increasingly closer to the source of…

5 Reasons to Understock Your Marine Aquarium

Over the many years I’ve kept marine aquariums, guests in my home have more than occasionally noted the relatively low number of specimens, particularly fish, in my tanks. You could say it’s been a hallmark of my fishkeeping career to…

Thieves rob local fish store with everything caught on tape (again)

Stealing is an unfortunate reality even in this hobby, and over the years we’ve almost lost count how many times local fish stores have been blatantly robbed. Strangely almost all of the incidents have the robbers clearly caught on camera.…

Ocean Blue Aquarium’s 90 gallon reef is a display worthy of a high end LFS

Ocean Blue Aquarium is a fishstore with a seriously cool display reef aquarium. To many the  main displays in your local fishstores were one of the first live reef aquarium’s they encountered when they first got started out in the…

Love thy local fish store, Vargas in Omaha and a big sale at Greenwich Aquaria

Lots of great things happening in the retail aquarium space this weekend. The aquarium hobby could use some more editorial reflection on the state of affairs in our awesome hobby and to this end PFK’s Nathan Hill has written a…

Local Fish Store migrating 1,300 miles

To most of you, the twin cites of Duluth, Minn., and Superior, Wis., are on the outskirts of civilization.  Not surprising given our location, being less than three hours from the coldest spot in the US (International Falls, Minn.) and…

Japanese aquarium stores suffer heavy damage from the earthquake

The massive 8.9 earthquake that struck Japan on Friday caused extensive damage to human life and property and unfortunately, the aquariums and stores of many of our Japanese comrades were not spared. Aquarium stores located in Northeast Japan were especially…

Local Fish Stores: Separating the great from the mediocre

I tend to travel a lot and I’ve also moved quite a bit. In every town I called home, I’ve had my favorite local fish store (LFS) and I tended to be loyal to my favorites. Whenever travelling abroad, I…