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12-17-2013 08:05 PM
solBLACK So I noticed this hasn't been updated in close to a year, but what the hell why not. I wanted to start my first planted tank before this winter, but I broke a 55g tank so it never happened. Looking at starting smaller as I found a 20g tank at a garage sale for $2. I redid the silicone and now it's looking pretty nice. Reading all the comments here I may have to make a trip down to Madison to check out some stores as there is only Petco here and I'm not a big fan of them.
12-26-2012 06:44 PM
BigBrownTank
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Originally Posted by GOJIRADOR View Post
The link probably isn't working because he had to shut down the store earlier this year. I haven't checked out gary's pet jungle before but I might have to after reading your review
Aww that sucks. I was going to go check this place out. thanks for info.
12-26-2012 05:26 PM
GOJIRADOR The link probably isn't working because he had to shut down the store earlier this year. I haven't checked out gary's pet jungle before but I might have to after reading your review
12-26-2012 05:13 PM
BigBrownTank Bluyota: your link isnt working.

Aquatics Unlimited is hit and miss. This is my "main store" as I live so close, and they have a good selection. The staff is odd. Theres a guy who youde swears a hippy, but is very knowledable about lightand planted tanks. Hes worked there for ages. Also, who I assume is the owner, a sweaty guy (hes always sweaty...?) Knows a good bit about just about everything. He has steered me clear of a few of his products, and seems generally "into" his work. Brutally honest and kinda not freindly. Theyre prices are a tad high. Overall, if YOU know enough, its a great place.


GARYS PET JUNGLE on Howel (near oklahoma/howel)

Owner gary practically lives there. Great friendly guy. Hes very knowledgable about general fish tanks, and practically all small pets. When it comes to plants or stuff like that I feel its out of his realm. He has a small fish selection (30 or so tanks) with generally smaller fish. Dabbles in cichlids but for most part, he goes all community fish. EXCELLENT prices. Cheap cheap flake food, 10 for a dollar ghost shrimp. Great place.

Garys pet jungle is an all around pet shop, mice, snakes spiders, gerbils etc.
12-06-2012 03:34 PM
manzpants92 I'm from Oconomowoc but go to school at UWM. I had to get rid of my planted discus tank because I won't be commuting anymore going into the 2013 spring semester, very sad. But yeah AU is a really great store. They have an awesome selection but they are over priced forsure. I've never been to Hoffer's and am planning on checking it out soon!
01-26-2012 10:13 PM
BluYota Right now, I have non in stock. I can get any of the fluval products in. Please email me: vangsplakat@yahoo.com
01-19-2012 08:08 PM
prototyp3 BluYota: What sort of nano tanks are you carrying?
01-18-2012 12:32 AM
BluYota my website: www.vangsplakat.com
01-18-2012 12:32 AM
BluYota Wow! Cool! My store is mentioned! Hey all! I am the owner of Vang's Plakat Aquaria. We are actually expanding...not into a bigger place, but expanding what we carry. We always carried all sorts of bettas, and a few shrimps. But now we expanded to cover monster fish, nano tanks, and even began aquascaping! I usaully only aquascaped tanks at home, but thought to give it a try at my shop too. Here is a vid I put together of one of my tank. It's a 50 gallon. http://youtu.be/DnubaRRJznM

Anyways, I am glad to be part of this forum, looking forward to learning more about aqua scaping!

And a big thanks to In2wishin for getting my store name out there. Hope your bettas are doing well =)
10-11-2011 02:53 PM
defiesexistence Thought I'd let you all know, at the Fish Factory, they have a buy one plant, get one more of the same species for $0.25.
10-04-2011 03:01 PM
defiesexistence He's beautiful, Wishin! That's a really bold tangerine color.
10-03-2011 03:55 PM
In2wishin
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Originally Posted by defiesexistence View Post
Haha! I know what you mean, Wishin! Customer service at AU just jerks you around, or, "I dunno, try asking that guy, over there." Last time I was in there, I walked around for about 20 minutes before anyone came up to me. Going up to the counter to pay for a rock, and exactly in front of the counter, -you couldn't miss it if you were working the register- was an $80 saltwater fish that was trapped between live rock, and it was starting to weaken and die. When I walked out, it was still struggling. I did not hear "Hey, does anyone have a net?" Haven't been back since. Out of the three times I've gone, they're always out of plants, and half their stock is on a one way trip to the garbage.

I'm thinking about setting up a 5.5 for a no-tech (spare a heater) betta tank. A trip to Vang's just might finalize that...
The orange crowntail in this photo is the one I got from him


he is even bigger now and is the largest betta I have ever had.

I have a job interview on 76th & Capitol Wed. so I will be stopping by Vangs to check out new fish.
10-03-2011 01:07 PM
Kosey929 I'll be driving through Wisconsin Rapids on a buisiness trip today and Wednesday and I'm thinking of checking out The Aquarium. Any feedback on that shop?
09-12-2011 04:29 PM
defiesexistence Haha! I know what you mean, Wishin! Customer service at AU just jerks you around, or, "I dunno, try asking that guy, over there." Last time I was in there, I walked around for about 20 minutes before anyone came up to me. Going up to the counter to pay for a rock, and exactly in front of the counter, -you couldn't miss it if you were working the register- was an $80 saltwater fish that was trapped between live rock, and it was starting to weaken and die. When I walked out, it was still struggling. I did not hear "Hey, does anyone have a net?" Haven't been back since. Out of the three times I've gone, they're always out of plants, and half their stock is on a one way trip to the garbage.

I'm thinking about setting up a 5.5 for a no-tech (spare a heater) betta tank. A trip to Vang's just might finalize that...
08-31-2011 08:24 PM
In2wishin
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Originally Posted by dbLbogie View Post
Just noticed this thread got bumped this month, oops.

I think Aquatics Unlimited is a pretty nice store. They have a very large variety of plants in stock and they get more in and sell out very quickly. I think some people would kill to have a LFS like this place in their town. Plus they have $0.99 and $1.99 clearance plants, you can't beat that.

Check out Hoffer's on 76th & Good Hope too if you get up that way, you should be fairly impressed.

I've never been to Vang's, but will be in that area tomorrow morning.
The main problem I have with Aquatics Unlimited is that they are extremely unhelpful. How dare I ask someone to leave the counter and their conversation with co-workers to get fish or, God forbid, ask questions. I walked out of there three times straight because I couldn't get anyone to help me so I won't be back.

I've been to Hoffers and really like it. Every person in the fish room has been really helpful and I have gotten great ideas and advice from Joe.
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