Planted Tank Enthusiast
Join Date: Sep 2010
Location: Southern California (LA)
I've been in the trade for a modestly long time. Just moved from LA to Aptos. I left my 20G which I'm quite proud of (after doing countless hours of research) in LA.
For now I have a little 1.5G that I'm trying to add small shrimp and fish to.
The only good fish store in this area is in Watsonville. From what I gathered, planted tank enthusiasts are far and few between (as is the case everywhere but LA and SF compensate with much larger populations - enough to sustain clubs and stores).
Prices are through the roof - that alone is a good indicator of the relative popularity of fish keeping and especially planted tank keeping. Assassin snails go for 4 bucks a pop - double that in LA (and that's amongst the more expensive stores). Other fish are similarly more expensive (harlequin rasboras are 3 bucks a pop).
So Cal was great - easy for swaps and buys.
But alas, what can you do.