Wait - you're from MN? Can you give any recommendations for a lfs? D; I don't care how far I have to drive but I could really use help finding a good one!
I’ve heard great things about Twin Cities Reptile, but their fish selection is not exactly extensive, and they stock/breed spider balls if that’s a dealbreaker for you.
According to their site, their aquatic section is “Fire belly toads, xeno underwater clawed frogs,dwarf underwater frogs, paddletail newts, firebelly newts, and axolotls.We also do carry hermit crabs, vampire, fiddler, thai red, and patriot crabs.” But I know they have also stocked domestic bettas, someone on here bought a domestic from them.
Betta World is the store of the transshipper for Minnesota, so they always have tons of import bettas. They have some other fish too afaik.
As far as chains go, the Minnetonka Petco seems to consistently have the best husbandry of the ones I’ve been to, but it’s still a chain store and a lot of people, including myself, are uncomfortable with purchasing livestock from chains.
As a side note, I don’t think there’s anything particularly wrong with buying domestic bettas, specifically, from chains, though. They’re all kept in pretty much the same conditions as breeder domestics, the only real differences is a) some have deformities that make them poor choices for breeding and b) they do not meet the breeder’s standards or wouldn’t sell for much at auction. Or, it could even just be c) the fish are good quality and lack deformities, but they didn’t sell and now they’re taking up space in the fish room that is needed for incoming spawns.
Not that I particularly think domestics should really continue to be bred anyways but
I’ve heard of some other ones but none I remember the names of. I would NOT recommend Sea Level in Hopkins, their husbandry is atrocious and worse than a chain. A wide selection of fish, but tanks are filthy and frequently have dead fish and their supply selection is basically nothing. Most of the tanks are completely empty, less decor/enrichment than a Petco. They may have a ton of good reviews, but I’ve heard they pay people to leave fake good reviews and I certainly disagree heavily with them.
Anyone in MN have suggestions?