I almost didn't make it to Chow Hound, because it wasn't listed in the yellow pages at my Mom's. But, I decided to head over there, and as advertised, it is definitely right there on the corner. Scott, one of the fish tank leads, I'd guess, seemed very helpful and knowledgeable. He spit out several of the latin names and mentioned Amano's name. He also talked about having insufficient light and such for the plants, but stated they did what they could. They had a couple Madagascar Lace plants, which I'd never seen in a store. They also had a dozen or so SAE's, though the tank listed them as Flying Fox for $1.99. Scott seemed to know this, though I wonder if he's honor the $1.99 price. That seems pretty good to me. Not a whole lot of tank supplies, but they had, perhaps, 20 plant varieties, which is better than most any store I've seen in Orlando. Scott also suggested that he'd try to order any plant I wanted and stated his prices were *much* better than Preuss, though he did agree Preuss was a very nice store. Oh, and he was pretty psyched to hear that his store had been mentioned on the net. Seemed like a real good guy!
I then headed south on Division. The store listed around the 4400 address range was gone, so I headed down to VI Pets at 6701 S. Division. Though the plants weren't spectacular, it was one of the best organized and helpful shops I've been in. They must have had 15 sizes/shapes of air stones, a decent assortment of tanks, and a nice selection of driftwood. There was a 72 gallon bf planted discus tank which a CO2 ladder which also included some of my favorite Sterbai cories. The plant health wasn't great, but it was a nice attempt. The fish selection in their back corner room was quite extensive, considering the size of the shop. I actually picked up two nice sized pieces of the multi-colored wood (Mawponi? Malaysian?) that I had not seen at stores before. I likely paid too much for it, but as I've been wanting some for a while, I snatched it up.
Not sure I'll get another chance to venture out, but it was a nice diversion for a couple of hours.
Thanks for the suggestions, folks!!
46g bf, XP3 w/ vertical spray bar, CO2 w/ SMS122 & diffuser,100% Flourite, 96w+55w cf AHS, AGA Member