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post #1 of 13 (permalink) Old 05-25-2014, 10:28 PM Thread Starter
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Plants at House of Tropicals

I just visited H.O.T. for the first time in a few years. (I live near Salisbury) It looked like they recently got a shipment of live plants. They had several tanks filled with swords, stem plants, anubias, java ferns, and more. They also had what appeared to be shrink-wrapped live plants on a shelf. Everything looked fresh and healthy.

The livestock was alright. They had a decent selection of fish. A few red cherry shrimp, nerite snails, crabs, and other invertebrates. A few of the tanks however had sick or dead fish, others looked a bit dingy, but overall the store appeared to be much better maintained than on my previous visits.
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post #2 of 13 (permalink) Old 05-26-2014, 10:50 AM
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The tissue cultured plants are new. The rest of the store looks pretty much like it has for the few years I've been going there. The plants have been good quality for a while and now they're even labelled correctly! HOT apparently has a lady (I think her name is Sarah) who is in charge of the plants and planted tanks. I've talked to her a couple times and she knows her stuff.

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post #3 of 13 (permalink) Old 05-27-2014, 03:38 AM
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I just moved to Baltimore from Texas. H.O.T. was one of my first stops. They had a good selection. I'll probably be back this week get a new tank and start up here in B-more. A lot of there stock tanks did have hair algae or BBA. Their display tanks looks fairly clean though. The plant selection looks great for starting up a low tech tank, with a lot of hardy options. They only had a few high light plants, which I'm not too interested in anyways.

They had any fish I asked about, and a lot of things I had never seen in Texas. Specific fish were hard to find though. The tanks are crowded and not labeled the best.

They are definitely focused on selection and not presentation as much. The store is a bit of a maze.

The staff was a mixed bag. A couple people were very friendly and a few were stuck up. They were fairly busy though.

Are there any other good stores in the area?
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post #4 of 13 (permalink) Old 05-30-2014, 01:01 AM
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I think HOT is the best store in the general Balti ore MD area it is much better than local Petcos and Petsmarts

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post #5 of 13 (permalink) Old 07-15-2015, 12:28 PM
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Great place, just got all my plants there to start my 55g
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post #6 of 13 (permalink) Old 07-16-2015, 02:45 AM
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Ya HOT is really good. Probably best or one of the best fish stores in MD.
Have been going there for almost 5 years now! It's a GREAT store!
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post #7 of 13 (permalink) Old 07-16-2015, 02:29 PM
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One of the last true aquarium places in the area.
The rest are gone.

My wife calls it the $50 store, about every 2 weeks 50 bucks.
She is as bad as me when it comes to plant purchases.

Swimming is not that difficult.
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Went in there the other week for the first time in a while. Is it just me or have their prices increased a good bit.

IMO best place in the area, (that fish place is a little bit of a hike but that's another good one) even have some spiderwood although it's pretty ridiculously priced.

Well that's just like.........your opinion man.
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post #9 of 13 (permalink) Old 07-16-2015, 07:48 PM
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Lancaster PA? Is it worth the trip?
I might need to make a field trip one day.

Swimming is not that difficult.
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hmm, we go to lancaster all the time, didnt know that place existed, will give it a try.
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post #11 of 13 (permalink) Old 07-18-2015, 03:27 PM
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Definitely worth the trip!

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post #12 of 13 (permalink) Old 08-06-2015, 12:18 PM
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I've spoken with Sarah (also I think that's her name) too, she definitely knows her stuff and she doesn't mind teaching if you ask the right questions. They have a couple nice planted show tanks too, somebody should snap a picture next time they're there.

I end up spending too much every time I go there. Anybody know how to get their discounts? Are their any employees on the forums? Possible to get something spun up in here were we can just check-in/print-out before going?
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post #13 of 13 (permalink) Old 08-06-2015, 09:52 PM
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I'll have to try and get some pics of the tanks in there.
I'm near there at least every two weeks.

Swimming is not that difficult.
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