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post #1 of 6 (permalink) Old 02-15-2008, 11:36 PM Thread Starter
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Thumbs up Exotic Aquatics, Parkville, MD

My travels took me past Baltimore today, so I stopped in at my old favorite, Exotic Aquatics. I wanted some fish that I knew they had, and their stock has always been healthy for me in the past and their prices good, so it was a no-brainer.

I asked the clerk what they do when they notice sick fish. He said that besides quarantining them they cull the weakest and sickest looking fish, dissect it and examine its gills and guts under a microscope, and then treat accordingly. I'm sure they don't go to that hassle for the obvious stuff like ich, but I feel good knowing that they go to such lengths to keep their fish healthy. Maybe this is standard practice at good fish shops, but it sure isn't at the chains.

I've also found most of the staff at Exotic Aquatics to be smart and knowledgeable, which is really nice. Unfortunately their plants looked shabby, but you can't win 'em all.
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post #2 of 6 (permalink) Old 02-16-2008, 12:36 AM
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Where is Parkville located? All I have down in So. Md is Petco and Petsmart. There are a couple of mom and pop places but they are just as bad as the chains. We could use a really good pet store down here.
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Parkville is on the top side of the Baltimore beltway, exit 30 north. Bit of a hike from southern Maryland, but if you're ever in the area, you'd probably want to check it out.

Interesting info about how they handle sick fish. I wonder how common a practice that is?
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I was in EA today, and I really like that store. They have a huge selection of healthy corals (not something I know a lot about, but those corals sure looked good...), a lot of great, healthy-looking fish, and a knowledgeable staff. Plant selection is fairly slim though. If you're in the market for plants, go to Aquarium Depot, in Randallstown, west of Baltimore.
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post #5 of 6 (permalink) Old 10-27-2008, 05:23 PM
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I was in Exotic Aquatics last week. They were one of the 4 stops on the Catfish Convention bus trip to local shops.

There were 30+ people on our bus. Everyone enjoyed the EA stop. In fact, many of us bought both fish and plants while we were there. One of the participants bought a great piece of driftwood for his newly set up Discus tank.

GWAPA and CCA clubs were both well represented on the trip. I get the impression that many 'in the know' plant and fish keepers go to Exotic Aquatics.
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post #6 of 6 (permalink) Old 10-28-2008, 07:20 PM
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I was in EA today, and I really like that store. They have a huge selection of healthy corals (not something I know a lot about, but those corals sure looked good...), a lot of great, healthy-looking fish, and a knowledgeable staff. Plant selection is fairly slim though. If you're in the market for plants, go to Aquarium Depot, in Randallstown, west of Baltimore.
If you are in the market for plants, you should be hitting some GWAPA meetings. www.gwapa.org

Our club meeting auctions simply blow away any of the local retailers. Not bashing them, they do what they can, but it simply isn't the same as a large group of dedicated hobbyists.
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