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Buy Cichlids - Your Guide
Where is the Best Place to Buy Cichlids?
If you are reading this then you are probably ready to buy cichlids for your home aquarium? If you are not ready to buy cichlids, then keep reading because I promise you will learn a lot for when you are ready to buy your cichlids.
How do I choose? There are so many cichlids I can buy.
There is also so many places to buy cichlids.
In my opinion you should do some research and decide which cichlids you like the most and buy those cichlids. You will need to purchase cichlids that can live together and get a long, but guy whatever cichlids you like the most.
Should I buy my cichlids Online?
That is a great question to ask. If you buy cichlids online there is a little more risk because of shipping. A lot of precautions have to be taken if you are going to purchase online.
Is it better to buy cichlids locally?
It can be safer to purchase locally, but not necessarily. I have run into some employees of fish stores that were complete idiots when it came to keeping cichlids. Sometimes they just say whatever in order to get you to purchase a fish. But there are some benefits to buying cichlids locally.
Making the choice where to buy cichlids.
Some people do not even have the choice to purchase cichlids from a local fish store, because they have no local fish store. So online is the best place to buy cichlids.
If you do have the choice to buy cichlids online or at the local fish store I would suggest that you do plenty of research and make sure either of the sources you are purchasing from are trusted. A local store can be just as bad as an online shop, but remember you have more control when buying cichlids localy.
Where NOT to buy cichlids.
I would stay away from Major Chain Stores. I do not need to name names, but stay away from local stores that do not primarily sell fish. If its a big store for dogs and cats that has a fish section, then stay away. If it is a superstore that sells grocieries and has a "fish section" then stay away.
Because fish are not easy to care for. They need someone that is knowledgable and focused to make sure they remain healthy and alive. These major stores do not give the attention needed to sell healthy fish.
There is a very good chance that you buy cichlids with diseases if you purchase from those stores.
If your decision is those stores or online... I'd say buy cichlids online.