CT is looking pretty weak on that list there. I agree with both ratings for the ones listed, although, the last time I was at Greenwich Aquaria they only had a couple FW tanks left, almost all SW.
I have a couple that can be added to the list. My ratings are based mostly off stock and customer service/knowledge. Supplies are mostly run of the mill around here, I haven't really seen and fancy ADA type stuff except I believe at House of Fins.
2 Riverside Ave
Westport, CT 06880
I haven't been here in a while. From what I remember, they had mostly Saltwater tanks, they did however have one smaller room dedicated to FW. Decent selection of fish and plants, some unusual fish and inverts included. Knowledgeable staff, even on the FW stock which isn't their specialty. The pricing wasn't terrible for Fairfield County and they will work with you sometimes. I guess I'd give it a
Blake's Aqua Den
34 High St.
Meriden, CT 06450
This is a newer store, he opened sometime in the middle of 2013. The owner is knowledgeable and seems pretty passionate about the hobby. The first time I went there he seemed very excited about owning his own store and being able to stock whatever unusual stock he wanted and providing for the hobbyist. He even had a whole shrimp rack and not just with the standard RCS that you have to be lucky to find around here. Probably 50:50 FW:SW, maybe a little more FW. He gets a
in my book. Now if only Meriden were closer to me I'd be there all the time.
Slither and Swim
38 Saw Mill Rd.
West Haven, CT 06516
This one is only a few minutes down the road from my house so I go here most often just for the convenience factor. They don't exactly have the largest selection of accessories and supplies. The fish selection is usually pretty good though. Sometimes they seem to go low on stock but when they fill the tanks again you can usually rely on finding a few fun oddballs around. They have a few tanks with plants. Not always the best selection but it's decent if you catch it right after they get an order in. A few shrimp tanks as well. Usually cherries and a couple others, I've seen OEBT, red rilli, blue velvet, and tigers. It was 100% FW, but last time I went there they were setting up their first SW tank. The store is split 50:50 Reptiles:Aquariums. My rating:
as long as you catch them stocked. If not it goes down a bit.
Last one for now
All Pets Club
479 E Main St
1167 N Colony Rd
361 Boston Post Road
North Windham, CT 06256
405 Queen Street
Southington, CT 06489
Those are all 4 locations, I've only ever been to Branford and Wallingford, and mostly Branford so the specifics of my review will be discussing that location. However, Wallingford was very similar in stock and supplies available. They are a split 50:50 of FW and SW. Pricing is good but only if you have a RClub Card. The membership is $50/year but can often be gotten on sale between $20-30. The fish selection is usually pretty standard, very rarely they will get something odd in. The plant selection is usually decent, often they have the same plants but they usually have a good variety of them. In Branford there are a couple staff members that are fairly knowledgeable. They will still try to sell you sometimes though. Mostly I go here for supplies and occasionally plants. They have a large selection of different supplies and again at a decent price with the RClub card. They also stock tanks besides your standard Aqueon, Tetra, etc. I don't really know how the pricing on those compares though. I'd give them a
probably, if anything higher it's just because of the large supplies selection.
EDIT: Oh and I'm not sure if this qualifies because they only do swaps not fills for CO2 but Maltose Express had the best prices on buying co2 tanks I could find in my area. They are a home brew supply store so the free beer samplers didn't hurt while I was waiting for my tank.
246 Main St
Monroe, CT 06468