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post #1 of 4 (permalink) Old 11-23-2014, 04:35 AM Thread Starter
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Thumbs down Renton Aquarium Store

Hello everybody, new here, first post. Back into the hobby again, so much more information and products! I have been obsessively researching substrate and everything else. I bought a 36g bow-front off of Craigslist.

I was wandering Renton and stumbled across a great (well stocked) store. Sierra Fish and Pets. Not only did it have a number of brands of commercial substrate, but they also carried bulk substrates. Also unusual wood decor that I haven't seen anywhere else. The staff I talked with were quite knowledgeable and I learned a bunch about CO2. Check it out...

I also checked out the shop in Burien that is mentioned here a few times. I found it in sad decay, tanks full of algae and some sad emaciated Apistogramma. I hope they get it together and hire someone who's more knowledgeable. Someone who knows not to mix all the different colors of Neocaridina shrimp in the same tank.

Next chance I get I want to check out the Coop in Edmonds. Any other suggestions for good places?
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post #2 of 4 (permalink) Old 11-23-2014, 05:08 AM
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Hi nwcorner,

Welcome back to the hobby; yes some things have changed. Port Townsend it a great little town, my wife and I have enjoyed some great seafood there. Yes, Sierra Fish and Pets is very good, you also will want to check out a couple of new shops in town; Aquarium Co-op in Edmonds (that you already mentioned) for a good selection of fish and Aquarium Zen in the University District for awesome plants and they are an ADA dealer. The Fish Store that used to be on Roosevelt has moved to Lake City and is also worth a trip.

Check out the Greater Seattle Aquarium Society that meets once a month on the Seattle Pacific University campus. They have hosted some great speakers (including international speakers ) that have included Ad Konings, Karen Randall, Oliver Lucanus, Lawrence Kent, Chuck Rambo, Tom Barr, Gary Lange, Dick Au, Ted Judy, Christel Kasselmann, Ian Fuller, Mike Wise, Greg Sage, Juan Miguel Artigas Azas, and Klaus Steinhaus just to name a few. I am pretty sure they have a plant / aquascaping speaker coming up this spring. I realize a trip to Seattle can be a challenge but if the speaker allows it we video the presentations and they are available to our members through the library. Welcome back! -Roy

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post #3 of 4 (permalink) Old 11-25-2014, 03:17 AM Thread Starter
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Hi Roy,
Thanks for the store advice, I can't wait for my next trip to the big city, and to Aquarium Zen. I found the Fish Store on Lake City, it was my go to store back in the day and I found it was better than ever!

I was a member of the GSAS and was helped out a lot by the members. Thanks for the reminder to join again. There are some great members in that club. Thanks again!
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post #4 of 4 (permalink) Old 02-05-2015, 06:35 AM
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Thank you! I live near Renton and travel there a lot for work. I'll stop by this store next time I'm there.

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