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10-05-2014 11:05 PM
Mathias1324 I live 25 miles NW of Pittsburgh in New Brighton. Decided to take a trip to Oddball's today and check it out. Was pleasantly surprised. The only good aquarium place around me is Aquatic Gardens in Beaver Falls and the last time I was in there they didn't have many plants to pick from. Pretty good selection of plants at Oddball's, fish looked healthy aside from a dying blue tang in one of the tanks. And good god, so, much, driftwood! I wish I had a new tank to set up lol. Lots of different types of rocks too. Was going to try Elmer's while I was out there, but I didn't feel like making the journey. Another day.

Originally Posted by TheArcticManatee View Post
Does anyone have any suggestions for where to buy plants? Or, even better, if anyone is heading to any LFS and could give me a ride, I would really appreciate that! I don't have a car, so my only options seems to be petco/petsmart.
Some of the plants I am planning are:

Pygmy Chain Sword, Echinodorus tenellus
Dwarf Lily, Nymphaea stellata
Echinodorus Parviflorus "Tropica" (small sword)
Brazillian Pennywort
Floating plants
I bought some Frogbit at Oddball's today which had some Salvinia natans mixed in. I saw a nice string of Pennywort there too. They didn't have any dwarf lily, but I did grab a really nice red tiger lotus. They had a few more of those in another tank. They had some different swords but I don't know if they had the specific one you're looking for.
10-05-2014 09:10 PM
NeMox69x Does anyone in pittsburgh breed shrimp from here?
10-05-2014 08:11 PM
TheArcticManatee Hi everyone,
I go to school in Pittsburgh, and I'm setting up a 2.5g tank next month. I used to have freshwater tanks and a reef in high school but nothing too fancy. I am going to try the Walstad method for this setup. I will post some picture when I get it up and running.

Does anyone have any suggestions for where to buy plants? Or, even better, if anyone is heading to any LFS and could give me a ride, I would really appreciate that! I don't have a car, so my only options seems to be petco/petsmart.
Some of the plants I am planning are:

Pygmy Chain Sword, Echinodorus tenellus
Dwarf Lily, Nymphaea stellata
Echinodorus Parviflorus "Tropica" (small sword)
Brazillian Pennywort
Floating plants

edit: I'm also looking for some black sand, preferably Tahitian moon sand. But I don't need or want a big 40lb bag of it, so if anyone knows of a place where I could buy a small bag, that would be awesome.
09-13-2014 08:41 PM
Yukiharu Hey everyone,
I'm going to college in Pittsburgh right now. Got myself some shrimp tanks
08-23-2014 02:55 PM
NeMox69x hello im not exactly from Pittsburgh or Pennsylvania but I frequent oddball more than anyone haha. I live in wheeling wv but oddball and ehlmers are my favorite "local" pet stores for aquatics. I have a CRS SSS tank and had a high tech planted tank and also have breed and currently keep discus. I bred my first successful pair and raised babies at 16 years old. im currently18 and wish I could attend the meetings!!
07-25-2014 05:16 AM
pghkid Went to Elmers last Sunday. Got myself started on my first run for a planted tank and need to get back to Wet Pets
07-25-2014 01:41 AM
Imzadi Hi all,

Just moved here a few months ago from the Cincinnati, Ohio area. Just setting up a 29 again after a long time without any fish. I used to have a 75 gal tank with koi in it before that, and have had all sorts of fish in the past. Just checked out Wet Pets and Elmers over the last week and Wet Pets is definitely the best place to get fish. Their tanks are immaculate. Haven't been to Oddball yet, sounds interesting.
07-15-2014 09:11 PM
sujesharukil Oddballs is my favorite. I have been going to Oddball for 7 years and seen three owners since. All owners have been very knowledgeable and happy to help. Their fish is probably the healthiest.
Elmer's has been my second choice. Like the place, the selection and the people.
Will have to go to Wet Pets. It has been probably 5 years since I have been there.
So anyone keep an iwagumi setup here?
05-12-2014 02:25 PM
bcarrot Hello, to all my fellow Yinzers! I just wanted to put my to cents in about Elmer's, Seahorse, and Oddball Pets and Aquariums. I've been to all three and I have to say that Oddball is my favorite. The have a nice selection of fish, plants, and hardscape items. The employees knowledgeable and nice. It's not the "prettiest" store, but I can look past that since all of the fish and plants seem very healthy, and the staff is great. Elmer's would be next on my list of places I would buy fish/plants from. They have a wide variety of fish and plants. The staff is very friendly and helpful. They guy that was helping me the last time I went was nice, but not very knowledgeable about which plants required low light versus moderate/high light. So you sort of need to know what you are looking for when you go there. Seahorse is not a place I will be buying any more fish or plants from. I bought 4 green tiger barbs and a clown loach there. The clown loach is still alive, but I lost all 4 barbs about two weeks after purchasing them. They developed a bacterial infection that I just couldn't clear up. I should have been weary since all their tanks were very overstocked and there were some dead fish in a few of the tanks. Lesson learned.
04-24-2014 03:42 PM
Duck5003 Whats up spikenangel! Welcome to the forum, and the hobby

Sorry to hear your having plant troubles. Do you happen to know what kinds of plants you have? That would be the best place to start to see what they like and what they need vs what you have. Also, couple of big things up front. Are you going straight tap into the tank? Any treatment to the water? You'll defintely want a master test kit to see where your water is at parameter wise. Once you know where your water is, then you can figure out what you need to adjust and how.
04-24-2014 02:50 PM
spikenangel07 New to the hobby and a burgh town breed... Quick question for anyone that can help. I gota great price on a 180 gallon after set up and during cycle all my pants have gone kinda clear and are just withering slowly to nothing. Why? Will they grow back? I just added peat to the sump to bring down pH a little. I want want I see on here tons of beautiful plants with a good colony of fish. Will be going mostly with plecos (various) and rainbows (various) and I really want 2 sirenidae which is why I needa good Plantation. .. lol heeellppp
04-20-2014 03:04 PM
Trickster 75 Its always been Elmers for me. 20 to 30 min away depending on trafic. Their people realy know their stuff. In fact I never heard of the other stores till this tread. I guess Ill have to go on a road trip someday.

Anyone ever go to Elmers used equipment sale? What a zoo!
04-20-2014 04:04 AM
shaynep im elso from pittsburgh looking for more shrimp at the moment if any one got any have some huge swords and other plants to trade or can buy let me know what u have
04-19-2014 05:08 AM
pghkid i've known of elemers for well, forever. mknight rd was where i got supplies for my 29 back in the day. They still have a great store and if i remember the one guy has been there forever and knows his stuff. wet pets has some great guys as well and have been helpfull to me. but why has oddball been off the map to me for all this time? I had a newbie buddy some time ago tell me about them and damn they're near by. need to go investigate them.
04-18-2014 02:04 AM
pghkid south hiller here, Elmers was my go to store when they were on mcKnight. i've been away from the hobby for some time (not since then, 5 or so years). for being so close oddball was off the radar to me? had a newbie friend tell me about it!
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