Three successful fish-focused independent pet retailers illustrate the many challenges and opportunities facing the aquatics category.
Hobbyists need to understand how important water chemistry is to the health of their aquariums, and retailers should be prepared to help.
Selling rocks as dÃ©cor items can be tricky for retailers that do not know which rocks are safe and which are dangerous in aquatic tanks.
Livestock trends come and go, so retailers need to stay abreast of the market and decide what works for their customers.
Since excess proteins in a tank can be disastrous for its inhabitants, hobbyists will need the best protein skimmers available to keep their aquariums thriving
A new regulatory board in West Virginia threatens to outlaw common pets like gerbils, hamsters and salamanders.
A knowledgeable staff and healthy livestock display setups are key to building a robust freshwater fish business.
Retailers that are looking to grow their marine livestock departments must first consider whether fish or invertebrates will be the key to that growth.
Retailers that are looking to boost sales need to put aside the old strategies and replace them with some fresh techniques.
When devising a merchandising scheme for the aquarium department, pet retailers must balance the needs of livestock with effective strategies for inspiring sales.
Bringing the public's attention to the wonders of the fish-keeping hobby is just one of the ways that the stars of television's Tanked are helping to support the aquarium trade.
Storeowners have a lot to gain by proactively interacting with staff, rather than managing from behind a perpetually closed door.
The Fish Gallery, in Texas, offers aquatics customers scalable, affordable options in a palatial retail setting
Careful category management can help retailers get to the heart of what can make their businesses thrive or tank.
Every retailer knows that customer service is key, but customer relations-a more personal and nuanced aspect of retailing-is just as critical to a store's overall operation.
Understanding the how, when and where of fish feeding-and communicating that knowledge to customers-boosts sales and ensures healthier, happier fish.
Nano-aquarium setups can be great for indoctrinating new hobbyists, but only if the pet store selling them provides the right guidance.
Attractive and well-designed display tanks play a vital role in driving a successful aquarium department.
Retailers and manufacturers in the aquatics segment of the pet industry are rethinking their strategies and adjusting to meet the challenging market forces they face today.
Employing a strategic approach to selling rocks as dÃ©cor items will benefit retailers, as well as their customers.