Lighting can be a tricky component of aquarium keeping to get right, but well-informed retailers can make this department of their aquatics section really shine.
Invertebrates are often sought solely for their ability to clean up a tank, but there is much to be gained from giving them the care and attention they deserve.
With the proliferation of packaged fish diets on the market these days, hobbyists are turning to retailers for help in finding the most ideal products for their fish.
Most aquarium décor purchases are dictated by personal aesthetic preferences, but retailers can provide valuable insight into the most appropriate way to decorate a tank.
Selling live and frozen food presents an array of challenges, but pet specialty stores have much to gain from offering a comprehensive assortment of these options.
With a little bit of ingenuity and creativity, pet specialty retailers can generate big sales with small tanks.
Customers often underestimate the importance of substrate, but it plays a critical role in keeping healthy fish and a thriving aquarium.
The Wet Spot Tropical Fish in Portland, Ore., earned its status as an award-winning live animal retailer by focusing on unusual freshwater tropical fish and aiding the success of its loyal customer base of aquarium hobbyists.
Navigating the marine livestock trade presents numerous challenges, but with some careful consideration, retailers can profit abundantly from the category.
Fish-owning customers often need a little hand-holding and a lot of education when it comes to learning the ins and outs of maintaining water quality.
Retailers can reap many rewards-including much desired profit-by getting fully immersed into the pond segment of aquatics and offering a comprehensive selection of livestock.
Pet specialty retailers can dominate their outside competitors in the reef tank category, as long as they have the right expertise.
When viewed from the perspective of untapped sales revenue, pumps and filters are sexy products that deserve a retailer's keen attention.
Selling lighting fixtures and bulbs presents a number of challenges, but with well-thought out strategies, retailers can make the most of this must-have category.
Pet retailers should keep a well-maintained and diverse assortment of invertebrates to appeal to everyone in the hobby.
Known for their convenience and ease of use, packaged fish foods can almost sell themselves, but savvy retailers can catapult sales upward with some thoughtful marketing and sales techniques.
The Pet Industry Joint Advisory Council is closely monitoring and working on a number of current and emerging issues facing the ornamental aquarium industry.
No fish tank is complete without appropriate, yet eye-catching, dÃ©cor-and retailers can serve as inspiration for hobbyists customers with well-appointed display tanks.
Live and frozen foods can be a major profit center for retailers that choose to devote the time and staff to nurturing this important but delicate department.
Three successful fish-focused independent pet retailers illustrate the many challenges and opportunities facing the aquatics category.