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post #1 of 6 (permalink) Old 01-22-2006, 06:00 AM Thread Starter
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Vienna Aquarium & Pets in Northern VA

This place is pretty impressive... tanks and plumbing sprawled out all over the place. They have a ton of stuff for salt water folks... not so much for the planted aquarium, but certainly more than the average fish store.

Make sure you go into the very back room where all the koi are. There's something surreal about walking through a gauntlet of koi/goldfish bins and having hundreds of fish swarming toward you thinking you're the feeder. Expect to get splashed.

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post #2 of 6 (permalink) Old 02-13-2006, 08:36 PM
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best FW fish selection in NoVA
decent SW fish selection
carries a few "hard to find" FW species
Koi tanks are cool
pretty decent prices on tanks
large shop
large tank display in side room off koi "garage"

very unfriendly staff and owners
not as knowledgable as they could be

Summary: Great place for adults. Leave the kids at home. If they even lean over the koi vats, which are not roped off and there are no signs asking people to stay away, your kids will get yelled at and rather rudely.

Just my 2 cents

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10g Spotted Blue-eye (Pseudomugil gertrudae)
36g Millenium (Glossolepis pseudoincisus)
75g Boeseman's (Melanotaenia boesemani), Goo obo Gudgeon (Allomogurnda nesolepis)
75g Lake Kurumoi/Flame (Melanotaenia parva), Crimson-Spotted (Melanotaenia duboulayi)
75g (TBA)

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10g Temp., GSP
20g Temp., Red Cap Oranda
65g Silver Dollars, Rasboras, Rummy Nose Tetras

Many other tanks and fish too numerous to mention
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post #3 of 6 (permalink) Old 02-14-2006, 09:06 PM
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I've been going here for a while with no problems. I find the selection of items (not plants) is great, but the prices are really jacked up....but if you need something immediately (including plumbing) they've got a good selection. The last poster had a much different experience from me. One guy that I normally talk to seems to know his stuff (at least on reef tanks) and is always helpful. I take my 3 year old son and he's always looking into the koi tanks, and everything else for that matter, and has never been yelled at. I guess YMMV. Either way, if you need something in a hurry I would recommend this store, but prices are like 200-300% higher than online and about 50-100% higher than most other B&M's.
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Edrock summed it up nicely. I would only go back there if there was a fish emergency, and I needed something desperately. Although the selection is better than most places I refuse to give them my business because the staff was extremely rude, aside from one gentleman who helped me in fish once. . . , and their prices seemed were so inflated. Its a shame they are so close to my home.

Although their selection isnt as big as Vienna Pets, the people at Fox Mill Pets are eager to please. If they dont have what you want, and you cant find it online, they offer to order it for you and it should be there in a couple of days.

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One additional note, I went to the store again this last weekend with my son and the store WREAKED of smoke...I mean like someone had smoked a pack in there...I was very disapointed.

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Have you guys ever visited Congressional aquarium in Rockville? That place is very impressive with tons of everything. Salt water, fresh water, plants, equipment, etc. Also there is a place called Scales tropical fish a few miles north of the beltway off exit Colesville road. They are new and HUGE! and their fish are all in very good condition and they also do custom work like making their own driftwood etc.

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