We all know certain chain pet stores to be, well, basically evil. But sometimes, the big chain store is all that is close by. Not every aquarist has that out-of-this-world locally owned fish store right around the corner. Instead, they’re out in the middle of nowhere with nary a decent store in sight. So, this presents a challenge. Go to the big chain store and hope to get in something you can “rescue” or try buying online. While the quality if online fish and corals is certainly going to be better, you subject the livestock to incredible stresses with shipping that may prove to be fatal. So, it’s a toss up. Evaluate the quality to be had with both and make a judgement call. We certainly could understand, at that point, the need to buy from he big box chain store.