spent most of friday afternoon in the valley brousing the local fish stores. at a store that will remain annonymous (located on ventura blvd.) i asked about mantis shrimp. they said that they could get the "colorful one" O. scyllaris and a said i was looking for a spearer, the clerk said that they could frequently get a yellow spearer, and on monday he could make a request to his boss. well today is monday. the clerk was late to work, so i called back 2 hrs later... he "just walked in" and hadn't had the time to ask his boss yet. funny though, i had to completely re explain what i was looking for (IOW, he forgot) an hour and a half later i called back. I again had to explain what i was looking for and was put on hold. he returned saying i would have to come down and bring in a $50.00 down payment, that they normally run 70-80 dollars and i would likely take 2 months! needless to say i will never again visit the Center. first off, why are nearly all workers at a LFS morons? and why do they think that costomers are morons themselves? it can't be that hard to accomidate a costomer with an animal that is killed as a pest, and frequently shows up as a stow awayin rock. and there is no way i would ever pay even 40 dollars for a the 'pod. why is it so damn hard to get a mantis shrimp!!!