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03-15-2017 05:49 AM
D3monic
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Originally Posted by sohankpatel View Post
Aquarium adventure in Bolingbrook or Hoffman estates? I have gone to the Bolingbrook one and found that they are quite knowledgeable, they won't sell you fish if you have bad water tests, for example. They could sell you fish and hope they last 48 hours then you can't get a refund. All my fish are from tropi quatics or Aquarium adventure. Tropi quatics has good fish but not a lot of selection.
One the plant tanks at boilingbrook has really bad thread algae. The rest look ok.

The cute blond there seems fairly knowledgeable though a few the young dudes that follow her around all day seem to be pretty clueless and useless if you need help. They are more concerned with flirting with her.

I seen some blue rili while I was there today picking up some plants. Hoping they get some CPD in soon and pygmy corys.
03-15-2017 04:19 AM
Adalbert I have some aquatic plants for sale. I live in Niles near Chicago, so you can get there for example thru I90 and Howard street if you don't like taking streets. I like store in Chicago near Addison Harlem, as well as Old Orchard Aquarium but the prices are bigger there, and also in Deerfield by the library, you can find many stones there. Oh and one in Schamburg have excellent plant exposition, must see! I'd like to invite you guys on my website Aquatic Plants ? Freshwater Aquarium Plants Chicago if you would like to sell some plants there I can make another page with your offer there for free.
10-15-2015 04:00 PM
TheGreenKnight FYI, Fish Planet in Deerfield just started stocking Controsoil. If you haven't heard of it, it's the closest thing I've found to the ADA Aquasoil, volcanic, lowers ph, and doesn't give you the huge ammonia spike. I haven't been to all of the Chicago land locations, but I've been to most, and this is the only place I've seen carry it so far. The only similar stuff I've seen around locally is the Fluval Stratum, but the grain size of the Stratum is too large for easy planting of the smaller plants and carpeters.
10-15-2015 02:15 AM
TheGreenKnight I was at Hoffman estates. Maybe Bolingbrook is a different story. I apologize if I misrepresented the other location.


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10-15-2015 02:10 AM
sohankpatel
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Last time I was at Ocean Design, they had co2 running in the planted tank. He had recently upgraded it though; plants looked good.

Fish Planet is Great! Owner is extremely knowledgeable, and the place is clean.

Aquarium Adventure: had two bad experiences...will never go back. Tanks are dirty, and they will tell you anything if it means you will buy, as their employees make commission.
Aquarium adventure in Bolingbrook or Hoffman estates? I have gone to the Bolingbrook one and found that they are quite knowledgeable, they won't sell you fish if you have bad water tests, for example. They could sell you fish and hope they last 48 hours then you can't get a refund. All my fish are from tropi quatics or Aquarium adventure. Tropi quatics has good fish but not a lot of selection.
10-11-2015 08:05 PM
TheGreenKnight Last time I was at Ocean Design, they had co2 running in the planted tank. He had recently upgraded it though; plants looked good.

Fish Planet is Great! Owner is extremely knowledgeable, and the place is clean.

Aquarium Adventure: had two bad experiences...will never go back. Tanks are dirty, and they will tell you anything if it means you will buy, as their employees make commission.
09-30-2015 09:41 PM
CaptinYesterday Old town aquarium in Chicago get's their plants on Thursday's and puts them out on Fridays. They also get rare freshwater fish and the guys/gals working on weekends are very knowledgeable. If your looking for something specific you can call and ask them about it and someone will be able to tell you whats up.

Also "New Fish" on 1100 block of Milwaukee Ave has a 75g tank that is usually packed with plants and they usually have 3 or 4 different types of moss. Their hours are very limited during the week and probably not worth going out of your way to explore.

Finally I've got some criniums from Oak Park Natural Fish and Pet and have seen some unique plants/fish, but probably not worth going out of your way explore.
12-06-2014 01:37 AM
DirtDevilDTOM yup, they love to sell non-aquatic plants as aquatic. Then you come back and tell them and they will act as if they knew the whole time. If I want a new plant, I can go check out what they have on a Friday (they get shipments Thursday) and come back Saturday after doing some research. Again, I live right next door so it isn't inconvenient to do this.

Yup, the waiting game with young ones only works for so long. Glad they have "Jack" the catfish and the kois at the front to keep them busy. That just leaves a bored wife... lol
12-05-2014 02:39 AM
Steve0 AA is my 7-eleven for plants. Most of the fish are decent same goes with the plants. Some of the staff there are clueless when it comes to plants and their care. If I'm not sure I just google them, makes it much easier. I feel ya on the waiting game. Try waiting with a 3yr old, 7 month old and a wife!
12-04-2014 08:28 PM
DirtDevilDTOM I recently ran into a place called "Aqua Visions" in Lake Barrington, just off 14.

28144 W. Industrial Ave. Suite #112-114
Lake Barrington, IL 60010
http://www.aqua-visions.com

It is a family owned shop and has a great selection of very healthy fresh and saltwater fish. Owner is really friendly and knowledgeable and prices are reasonable. He had a pretty good selection of driftwood and rocks as well.

When I was there, he was just starting to set up a few planted tanks but I haven't been out that way in a while so I don't know how much he has expanded it since then.

I am literally right next door to Aquarium Adventure, so I end up getting a lot of my plants from there for convenience sake. It's hit or miss there as far as helpful service - 70% of the time you feel like a commodity waiting in line for someone who is clueless to help you. There are a few people though who know their stuff that make up for it.

Bump: Oh, and if saltwater is your thing - there is another place in Schaumburg called "Advanced Aquatics" that has a bunch of corals, fish and tanks. I'm not up on the SW stuff so I am not sure how their prices are.

879 S Roselle Rd, Schaumburg, IL 60193
http://aquariumsaltwaterschaumburg.com/
04-13-2014 07:27 PM
Coldwater King You know what I take back what i said about Aquarium Adventure, my algae problem originated from getting a plants from them! Stay away from the store unless you want a wicked algae problem!!!
01-09-2014 02:02 AM
Culprit Beyond the Reef is a saltwater only store.
Nice store but pricey.
01-07-2014 02:24 PM
Coldwater King The aquarium adventure in Bolingbrook is a decent store, not nearly as bad as you guys say the other one is.
01-07-2014 01:08 PM
Razorworm anyone been to Beyond the reef? Its just west of the Hoffman Estates AA.
01-06-2014 07:42 AM
MichaelMcG Has anybody been to Gills N Thrills in Lockport? From reading about them on the web they seem to focus alot on reptiles and such but of course I'm more interested in freshwater fish/plants.
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