Your support of the aquarium hobby comes in many flavors, not just financial. However, as you prepare to purchase the items you need, whether livestock or supplies, please consider patronizing your local aquarium store. Purchasing from brick and mortar stores provides local jobs, local taxes, and a place for you to personally engage with fellow hobbyists and ask questions. Obviously, not everyone lives within driving distance of an aquarium or supply house. For this reason, among others, online retail has its place, and I utilize it myself. However, when I need something I think first about supporting local establishments, places where I’ve received valuable advice and made many friends. So I encourage you to do the same when you can.