Better Know Your Local Fish Store: Something Fishy
At Something Fishy in Warwick, R.I., display tanks are in the front half of the store, which is set up like a home, with a full living room and a kitchen, a dining area and aquariums as they would look in a home environment.
David Lass, Pet Product News regular contributor and blogger, and aquatic industry expert, shares information and insights about a Northeast aquatics retail store in his new blog, "Better Know Your Local Fish Store."
Something Fishy Store Facts
Store name: Something Fishy
Address: 1185 Jefferson Blvd.,Warwick, R.I. 02886
Store manager: Dan Hosmer
Store owner: Kurt Harrington
Store size: 3,000 square feet; 50 percent retail, 50 percent storage/service
Staff: All are full time
Sales tanks: 50 freshwater, total about 800 gal.; 40 marine, total about 2,000 gal.
Display tanks: 8; a 350-gal. custom with 120 sump; a 500-gal; “raceway”; a 400-gal. “Amazing Reef Display”—corals older than 5 years old—most not trimmed except when they have to be. Other display tanks are in the front half of the store, which is set up as someone’s home, with a full living room and a kitchen, a dining area and aquariums as they would be in a home.
Dan Hosmer Talks Something Fishy
Your “philosopy” on keeping fish in glass boxes?
Our vision is to share the influence and energy of aquariums with as many people as possible, because we believe aquariums move people in amazing ways.
What is your store store known for?
Quality of the fish and invertebrates, the knowledge of our staff and the pleasant environment for customers to shop in. Our business is split between retail and installation/maintenance.
How do you get first-timers started?
New hobbyists are very important, and it is critical that all first timers succeed with their tank. We have developed a protocol for customers to set up their first aquarium. The two primary objections from a potential new hobbyist are 1.) cost and 2.) time to maintain the tank. At Something Fishy we always explain to new hobbyists that we are not the least expensive place to buy their first aquarium, but we are the best. We have protocols for getting customers started with a new tank that requires only 45 minutes of maintenance every two weeks.
What would you like to add to/in your store?
More space and a dedicated system for acclimating new fish. We would like to have our retail sales tanks have only fish that are ready to go. Don’t like to have to say “these fish just came in and need to rest a bit” or the like.