Having a LFS is very important. It is a place where you can go, get healthy fish and coral. You know the employees and can ask them anything. You know the corals and fish are healthy. It is not a great idea to go from store to store, not knowing the background of it. Always find one you really like and stick to that. You can go out and check different stores out, but you know you can always go back to your LFS. Mine is Beyond The Reef. They have everything I look for. Try not to go for stores like Petco, because they don't have much and don't take good care of their animals.