I'm from Highland, just wondering if anyone else in this area is as excited about this hobby as I am. I go to the Ark in Merrillville quite a bit and so far I think that that is the place to go around here.
The coral reef in valparaiso has a nice selection of fish and plants. The owners are the son and daughter in law of the owners of ballot pet and hobby. So they already have a proven track record even though they are still a young store.
The Ark and Coral Reef are practically the only decent fish stores around here IMO. Pet Haven's fish look sick a lot, and don't even get me started on Fish-R-Us.
As for good prices, I think all of the stores are pretty horribly priced, compared to what you can find online. But hey...what can ya do...
Fish r us? Lol I don't even consider that as a place to shop. The coral reef does have better prices and customer service then the ark. I'm only 5 minutes from the ark, but will drive 30 to get to the coral reef. Obviously online is cheaper. Less staff, lower operating cost, and an unlimited number of customers from all over.
46 Bow Front Planted
Eheim 2217 & 2236, 2-39wt T5 bulbs (10,000), 72-75*
Pristella tetras, cardinal tetra, amano shirmp, bamboo shrimp, nerite snails, assassin snails and red cherry shrimp.
I am from DeMotte. I am just started a planted tank in my junior high science classroom. I am sick of having to keep buying water plants every time we talk about things such as photosynthesis. I just need to get the plants now. This is new for me so I am excited about seeing how it goes.
If you are looking for rare fish with amazing prices then you will have to check fish r us. The owner is very nice and knows what he is talking about I have been dealing with him for quite some time and he was able to find me rare fish I always wanted. His prices are like 50% the other stores especially on dry stock . He got a brand new 125 for less than 200$... They are a pretty selection of different fish especially African cichlids they have some awesome rare Victorian cichlids ... I recommend that place to anyone that likes great fish at great places.