Discus Fish For Sale Near Me is probably one of the most common emails I receive from discus enthusiasts. Unfortunately, this is not an easy question to answer. In this article, we will discuss the pros and cons of buying discus fish for sale near you and we will also discuss tips on what to look for.
Why would you want to buy Discus Fish for Sale Near Me?
For starters, the most common and obvious reason you will want to buy discus fish locally is just that- they are local. You simply go to your local pet store, look at the available discus fish stock, pick out your own, put them in your tank when you get home. At least that is what most people think. No need to pay for shipping, no risk in the fish getting sick or dying during transit, you get to pick the exact fish you want and you have them the same day. That sounds all great and dandy. Unfortunately, that is not the reality.
So what is the reality?
The reality is that you just can’t walk into a pet store and find a large selection of discus fish to choose from. As a matter of fact, you are lucky if you go into any local pet store and even find one discus fish for sale. There are a few reasons why they are almost impossible to find at pet stores: 1. They are more expensive than your average fish so the pet store doesn’t want to risk the money on them. They will probably sit for a long time before being sold and risk getting sick or dying. 2. They require more maintenance than your typical freshwater fish. Frequent water changes with immaculate water conditions are necessary. That is something that you won’t find often in local pet stores. Pet stores make their money on cheap fish that they can purchase for pennies, in large quantities, and that are cheap for customers to buy. We like to call these fish the beginner fish or the impulse buying fish. No big deal if your 4-year-old son wants a guppy or a swordfish. Worst case scenario the fish dies and you lose three of four dollars. In the meantime, the pet store is paying 10 cents for the fish and making a profit so they are happy. In addition, they sell you the food, bowl, filter, etc so they are making a killing. However, if it were a discus fish at a $40-$50 price point, then it’s a different situation.
So where is the best place to buy discus fish for sale near me?
In this day and age, the best place to buy quality discus fish for sale near me is online. Look for a reputable seller online with a lot of customer reviews. Do not only take people’s opinions on social media. Do your own research. The most reputable places are those that are family-owned businesses that have been around for a long time. Someone that started the business as a hobby and grew it from there. Someone that is passionate about the hobby and can provide pointers and advice. When doing research on Google, try to stay away from the listings that show the word “Ad” in front of them. Those are usually in-experienced sellers paying Google for the ad. Instead, scroll past the Ads and go through the various websites to see what they have to offer. Email some sellers with questions to see how they respond. Test their knowledge to see if they are really passionate about discus fish or if they are just passionate about making a sale.
I hope that this article is helpful in your discus journey. Feel free to reach out to us anytime with any questions. We will be more than happy to help.