|04-17-2013 03:52 AM|
Just like some other members were saying, i like Tropi-Quatics in Lombard. They have a decent selection of FW fish and a great selection of Saltwater ( I think they do, im not a saltwater expert). The plant selection is ok with a limited selection. The best part about this store are the extremely friendly staff! I always look forward to talking to the staff there about anything related to fish, and i learn quite a bit from them also as they are very knowledgeable people and know just about everything. Definitely a place to check out!
My other favorite LFS is Oak Park Natural Pet And Fish in Oak Park. The selection of fish are great in both FW and SW and its a great place to find some unusual fish. The plant selection is decent, but the plants are very healthy. The best part about this store is are the prices. I got two pearl gouramis there for $2.90 each with %20 off, so $2.70 per fish, and for a grand total of $5.40 cents for two pearl gouramis! You're lucky to find pearl's for less than $10 each at a store! The only downside to this store is the customer service. While they know what they are doing, service is slow with limited staff on hand and you usually have to wait a while before getting the fish or plants that you need, but the great selection and prices makes up for it in no time! Another great place to check out!
|04-01-2013 12:30 PM|
|WheeledGoat||yeppers, and 40% (or 50%?) off anything alive (fish, plants) - but only on the "aquarium adventure" side - no discount whatsoever on other pet stuff.|
|03-31-2013 07:48 PM|
|03-27-2013 06:38 PM|
I saw it mentioned once in this thread, but figured I'd throw in my $0.02:
Tropi-Quatics in Lombard
Nothing over-the-top here, but a solid store. Employees are definitely hobby-grade and are happy to engage in conversation. Sloan is their resident planted-tank expert and chatted with me for some time and gave some solid advice. They're pretty much 50-50 salt and fresh. Livestock selection isn't huge, but looks healthy and tanks are well maintained. According to the employees, plant turnover is pretty quick, though the selection was somewhat sparse when I was there - they said a shipment was coming tomorrow. I did buy 3 plants though and all are doing great. I'd give them a B+ on supplies / equipment. They even have some used tanks/hoods/stands for pretty reasonable prices. Prices overall are good - a few dollars more than online but they don't gouge you like Aquarium Adventure.
BTW, regarding Aquarium Adventure - I frequent both Bollingbrook and Hoffman Estates locations. I usually just go with a cup of coffee in hand and stroll around and stare at the great fishie selection. Rarely do I actually buy from there because of their inflated prices. They remind me of REI - you pay to sign up for their membership to get "discounted" prices, which actually just get you back down to MSRP. grrrr. I'm ashamed to say, though, that I did sign up for a lifetime membership when I first moved here (because I couldn't find any good LFS around). If you're planning a puchase from there, email me and I'll give you my phone number - that's all you need to claim the membership discount.
|03-23-2013 07:02 PM|
|Razorworm||Went to Old Orchard Aquarium yesterday. Some things I noted, in no particular order.... They carry the full line of Seachem products, Finnex lights, heaters and controllers. They sell live brine shrimp. Very nice selection of plants. Average mount of freshwater fish, but healthy. Outstanding coral and saltwatere fish. I talked to a guy named Paul who was more than willing to chat and showed me the whole place including their numerous acclimation tanks in the back. They are also now selling hydroponic supplies in an adjacent store front. Although I am not really into Hydro, ( intrigued with Aquaponics ) it seemed as if they had a great selection. As I am in the process of setting up a nano reef, I found the place trully inspiring.|
|09-05-2012 01:36 PM|
I've been there twice to buy heaters. It's nice to have a supplier locally with access to better quality equipment. If you do go there or order, thank them for being Sponsor of this website.
I keep trying to get them to be a Mr. Aqua rimless tank distributer. If anyone else is thinking about those tanks, it would hurt to ask if you ever talk to them.
It would be great to go there to pick-up a Rimless tank and not pay $100-200 shipping on a 40B sized tank.
|09-05-2012 11:47 AM|
|Razorworm||no live stock|
|09-03-2012 04:39 PM|
|09-03-2012 02:48 PM|
|Razorworm||+1 to Aquacave! When in a bind for a bulkhead or something of that nature, it's great to have a place like that. Find something on their website and call it in. It will be ready in 20mn.|
|09-03-2012 04:19 AM|
Very nice round of stores and I highly recommend the one on 43/Deerfield- Fish Planet. His tanks are immaculate. I was jut there a month ago for moss.
If you go further north on 41 and Delaney there is a warehouse type store that sells any parts you can think of. Prices are decent and nice ranges of glass diffusers for $15.00. Here's the link:http://www.aquacave.com/CO2-Reactors...users-C34.aspx
|09-01-2012 04:02 PM|
I've been wandering the countryside looking for decent LFS on the West side of the Chicago area (I live in Dekalb)
This is what I've found:
Critters - 1437 W. Main Street, St. Charles
Fish cave has ~30-40 tanks, all fresh. Best selection I've seen so far. They have nerites, Amano, and get RCS fairly often. They have some plants, but pretty basic stuff. The first time I went in there the plants tank was a BSA mess. Yesterday the tank was pretty clean. The setup is wrong for a planted tank and they don't sell any real fertz, so I'm not sure what the owner's methods are. Prices overall are a bit on the high side, the employees are hit and miss, the younger are more friendly than the older ones.
Dan's Pets and More - 432 N. Main St, Sycamore
If he ever gets around to it, he'll have a nice fish room (3700 gal) as of right now it's only half operational ~25 tanks or so. A few generic plants in the tanks with the fish. some look a bit rough. Not much of a fish selection, all freshwater, guppies, platies, tetras, etc. The owner has only been there once when I've stopped in, otherwise his kids are running the place. His focus is on other critters right now. Lots of puppies going through.
Sea Escapes - 1950 Silver Glen Road, South Elgin
Sells the high-end "Zero-Edge" tanks (my jaw hit the floor when I saw them, then again when I saw the price!). Selection is mostly saltwater, lots and lots of cool frags. Prices are on the high side, does sell the new Seachem fertilizer line. Help is generally not outgoing. The owner was there when I checked out and we chatted a bit about planted tanks, he says he's working getting two high-tech systems going by the 1st of the year because he has more customers lately asking about plants. Then he basically told me nothing will grow well without really really hard water, so I don't know how much experience he really has. He seems nice enough tho, and he's responding to customer demands by setting up the tanks. So I'll keep my eye on that store.
If anyone has suggestions about where else I can go while still avoiding Chicago traffic, let me know...
|05-04-2012 06:59 PM|
|BigCountry||The Ark on Route 30 in Merrillville, IN is a great store for anyone in the southern burbs or NW Indiana. Was my favorite store, I made one last visit there before I moved away. I love their selection.|
|03-04-2012 11:05 PM|
Im new to this site and I like it so far, great pics etc. Im glad to see local area as well.
Here are some LFS that I visit, some might be repeat from what you guys put up already.
I live in the NW suburb.
1. Aquarium adventures- Hoffman
2. Birds and Beast in Crystal lake, good basic freshwater and some saltwater, very friendly people. Prices can be high, specially plecos. Family owned. You guys should visit for sure!
3. Something Fishy in Foxlake, not alot of stuff but its aquarium store!
4. Best Pets in Antioch(downtown), great people, They sell used aquariums, lights and parts. I heard they just move to a bigger place, I haven't check them out yet since they moved.
5. Animal Island in Midlothian. Not very big store but fairly decent selection, I dont think they sell saltwater fish. Friendly owner.
6. Tropiquatics in Lombard.. Great Fresh and Saltwater selection. Decent prices. Friendly people.
Not necessarily in order of best, just listed it as I remember them.
|02-13-2012 03:26 PM|
|larcat||Feb 13 update bump.|
|02-10-2012 10:51 PM|
I went there today as well around 10 am to pick up my 75 gallon. They are having a sale this weekend. Plants and fish marked up and then discounted and $1.50 gallon sale. Picked up my 75gal for $112
The guy helping me slide my tank into the truck mentioned to come back next weekend they are having 65% off fish and plants if I remember correctly.
|This thread has more than 15 replies. Click here to review the whole thread.|