Re: Local Fish Stores
There is profit in all aspects of a fish store. Perhaps there is not much interest in planted aquariums in your area and therefore the expense and loss are too high compared to the rate of sale.
Perhaps by joining a freshwater aquarium club you may be able to encourage people to try live plants. Once there is enough interest perhaps the store will be willing to give it a try. Other options are to see if the store has a board to post pictures of your aquariums on and post some pictures of your planted aquariums. This may bring about some interest.
Sometimes the owner prefers to stick with their interests and will only keep one line. I have encountered stores that only sell cichlids, saltwater, or even plants. Some of these store may be willing to order special items for you, you may want to ask.