Don't go to Boston pets unless you want angel fishes. It's a mom and pop store with your basic chain store fish selection. Hardly any plants. Check out unique aquaria in Woburn. Call first to "make an appointment". Pretty much is there way of guaranteeing someone will be at the store not out making an airport run or ups run. Lovely pets in Quincy. The pet shop in Allston (kinda gross tanks and very ehhhhhh not recommended lol) tropic isle in Framingham. There's also another in newton that I never been too.
There are a few small shops around here that have some plants. I just found two random, yet good sized amazon swords in my tank...no idea where they came from. It's not even a big tank. Only 6.6 gallons.
I want to put a shout out to Aquatic Treasures in Brighton / Watertown. Sheldon gets some boss fish in (nice show discus and blue guppies). It's definitely a place where you can see the fish get a lot of love. Check out the Facebook page for the correct address.
Just got back from Boston pets. They really have done some work in there. The selection was pretty good. They carry all of the seachem products as well as fluval. Peter is a great guy. His specialty is in cichlids. Decent selection of plants. I'll definitely be back in there
Went into a big chain store today and the fish guy kept telling me that my ammonia level was, "about 10%". When I asked him what was in a fertilizer they had, his response was, "pot-ah-sai-um" and "I-Ron". Potassium and iron...yeah
A northshore Petsmart...I won't say their specific location, but its easy to figure out. They had good plants, dwarf hair grass, java ferns (regular and needle leaf), great anubias, lots more. Only problem was that the instructions on the java ferns a s Anubias stated to bury the plant up to the leaves in gravel...
I found a fish! Vibrant red double tail half moon betta. I searched for three weeks and finally found one that I like. Went to five different small pet shops and a handful of others. Ended up finding him at....Petco