I've dealt with Evan @ Fishtown and with Pat/Jim at Absolutely Fish for years. Heck, I've been going to Absolutely Fish since it was AquaTropics. Tried Route 4 numerous times over the years. I don't think the livestock @ Fishtown and Absolutely Fish are much different in terms of health & quality, although Absolutely Fish does have a larger selection of livestock, Fishtown has a larger selection of plants & freshwater inverts. Until recently, every time I've been to Route 4 the livestock was not so great. About a year ago I went there again & things are definitely much improved. Fishtown is more generous with store credit when I bring in cuttings. AF is a bit pricier, but they are pretty much the "big dog", so that's their privilege. I won't "bad mouth" any LFS publicly. Do I have any negative thoughts on any of them? Yes, but they're very minor and not about the operation of the stores or the livestock/plants, so I'll keep them to myself.
Eheim Pimp #204.
58 gal planted Oceanic
Red Turquiose Discus, Japonica shrimp, assorted Blue Eyed Rainbows, Tetras, Hatchets, Danios, Rasboras
10 gal low tech planted Celestial Pearl Danio (Celestichthys margaritatus) & Emerald Dwarf Rasbora (Microrasbora erythromicron)