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Its a nice, quiet town. We have only been here a couple years too. I'm from Stone Mountain but arrived here via Athens and Lake Oconee. Temple is a metropolis compared to where we lived in Eatonton. 😅
Oh wow, Eatonton must have been quaint 😂 hey, what is your go-to LFS? When I was in Carrollton I went a few times to one up in Kennesaw, but the drive was a little much so I’d love to try out closer ones if you recommend any!
 

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Oh wow, Eatonton must have been quaint 😂 hey, what is your go-to LFS? When I was in Carrollton I went a few times to one up in Kennesaw, but the drive was a little much so I’d love to try out closer ones if you recommend any!
We don't have really any good options out here. There's a guy in Villa Rica who sells out of his garage. You will get various opinions on him on the forum. He's always been decent when I've interacted with him. As far as brick and mortar, your best bet is to go up toward Marietta/Kennesaw. I usually make a day of it and try to hit Reef Shac, Premier, Optimum, and Creation.
 

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We don't have really any good options out here. There's a guy in Villa Rica who sells out of his garage. You will get various opinions on him on the forum. He's always been decent when I've interacted with him. As far as brick and mortar, your best bet is to go up toward Marietta/Kennesaw. I usually make a day of it and try to hit Reef Shac, Premier, Optimum, and Creation.
Thanks pops, yeah Optimum was my go-to, and I’ve been to Reef Shac a couple times. It’s a shame there isn’t anything closer to us, but what can ya do? Haha
 

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I understand the rule, but I am getting out of the hobby. I have a lot of nice stuff to sell. Is there a way not to pay money or not respond to 25 threads just to sell my items
 

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I understand the rule, but I am getting out of the hobby. I have a lot of nice stuff to sell. Is there a way not to pay money or not respond to 25 threads just to sell my items
From the looks of it, you’re already a supporting member Mdubo. You should be able to 👍
 

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Just went ahead and paid...
Dang, you didn’t give me a chance to reply before paying 😂 my 25 posts took me only about a day, but I ended up paying anyways because the people on here are pretty nice and helpful. Sorry to hear that you’re leaving the hobby!
 

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Dang, you didn’t give me a chance to reply before paying 😂 my 25 posts took me only about a day, but I ended up paying anyways because the people on here are pretty nice and helpful. Sorry to hear that you’re leaving the hobby!
I hear ya. I will be back. Been doing it for 20 plus years. Had a big leak from a hot water pipe in the dining room. I have to replace all the flooring downstairs, so I would need to break down the tank regardless to replace the floor...
 

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I hear ya. I will be back. Been doing it for 20 plus years. Had a big leak from a hot water pipe in the dining room. I have to replace all the flooring downstairs, so I would need to break down the tank regardless to replace the floor...
Oh wow that’s horrible. I looked at your listing and you really have a beautiful setup. If I lived closer I would definitely come buy some things to help out
 

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We don't have really any good options out here. There's a guy in Villa Rica who sells out of his garage. You will get various opinions on him on the forum. He's always been decent when I've interacted with him. As far as brick and mortar, your best bet is to go up toward Marietta/Kennesaw. I usually make a day of it and try to hit Reef Shac, Premier, Optimum, and Creation.
I’ve gotten the majority of my corals from him, really great dude in my opinion. He does fish and coral as well as some reptiles. He’s been really helpful especially when I was first starting out and he’s got a lot of great deals.
 

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I’ve gotten the majority of my corals from him, really great dude in my opinion. He does fish and coral as well as some reptiles. He’s been really helpful especially when I was first starting out and he’s got a lot of great deals.
Good dude or not, he's running an illegal operation. He's only got great deals because it ignores all the rules and expenses that legitimate sellers have to follow. I think it says it all right there that he can't operate without cheating the system. There's a reason the only way to find him is is through a private group.
 

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Good dude or not, he's running an illegal operation. He's only got great deals because it ignores all the rules and expenses that legitimate sellers have to follow. I think it says it all right there that he can't operate without cheating the system. There's a reason the only way to find him is is through a private group.
I'm just curious, how do you know he isn't a licensed pet dealer? I don't know myself but he has discussed with me having to pass inspections of his premises to be able to stay in business.
 

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I'm just curious, how do you know he isn't a licensed pet dealer? I don't know myself but he has discussed with me having to pass inspections of his premises to be able to stay in business.
He probably has a license for pet sales, he would have to in order to set up an account with a wholesaler, which he has.
What is illegal is running a retail operation out your house. That is in violation of dozens of laws, insurance regulations, ADA, zoning, code, and on and on
 

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He probably has a license for pet sales, he would have to in order to set up an account with a wholesaler, which he has.
What is illegal is running a retail operation out your house. That is in violation of dozens of laws, insurance regulations, ADA, zoning, code, and on and on
You can run a business out of your own home that’s perfectly legal there’s just more restrictions when you sell from a residential area. I know multiple businesses selling clothing or homemade cleaners or honey and produce out of their own homes. They have licensure and everything just they have specific restrictions. And depending on the town or city you live in they range… restrictions and rules can vary drastically.
 

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You can run a business out of your own home that’s perfectly legal there’s just more restrictions when you sell from a residential area. I know multiple businesses selling clothing or homemade cleaners or honey and produce out of their own homes. They have licensure and everything just they have specific restrictions. And depending on the town or city you live in they range… restrictions and rules can vary drastically.
It is illegal to run a retail store out of your residence. I am speaking this from 30 years in the aquarium trade and personally being involved in the startup or operations of multiple stores in the Atlanta area and back in my home town. He's ignoring the laws which is why he doesn't advertise his business in any way. Just try to find a webpage, Google listing, yelp review, literally anything except his private Facebook group. There a reason he keeps a low profile and it's because he's illegal and he knows it. I can start posting specific regulations if you like.
 

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It is illegal to run a retail store out of your residence. I am speaking this from 30 years in the aquarium trade and personally being involved in the startup or operations of multiple stores in the Atlanta area and back in my home town. He's ignoring the laws which is why he doesn't advertise his business in any way. Just try to find a webpage, Google listing, yelp review, literally anything except his private Facebook group. There a reason he keeps a low profile and it's because he's illegal and he knows it. I can start posting specific regulations if you like.
Preach!
 
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