|12-06-2014 02:37 AM|
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 03:39 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 09:28 PM|
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
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
|04-13-2014 08:27 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 03:02 AM|
Beyond the Reef is a saltwater only store.
Nice store but pricey.
|01-07-2014 03:24 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 02:08 PM|
|Razorworm||anyone been to Beyond the reef? Its just west of the Hoffman Estates AA.|
|01-06-2014 08:42 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.|
|01-05-2014 04:13 PM|
Does anyone know of any local stores carrying decent cory habrosus? Last time I was at Aquarium Adventure I noticed they had habrosus, but it was mislabeled as hastatus. Does AA have good fish?
We recently rejoined the hobby after a few decades off, and while the tank was cycling I had time to check out lots of local shops. Here are my thoughts.
Golden Aquarium. My fav. When shopping filters I called around and they had the best price on Eheim classics. When I went in a few weeks later, the owner-without me bugging him-took a eheim apart and showed me a bunch of tricks on how to set it up and maintain it. Then he put it away and let me get on with looking around with no sales pressure. They have nice stock, and we have had 100% success with fish and plants there. The store is smallish, and about 30% salt, but what they do have tends to be healthy.
Fish Planet. The nicest stock I've seen around, and a very knowledagable owner. Quite far from home, but I look for opportunites to make the trip convenient!
Old Town Aquarium. Very cool shop, very high quality stock. It seems expensive, and we jokingly call it the "hipsterquarium" as the staff tends to have a bit of attitude, but they're knowledgeable and nice enough once you get to chatting . Parking is the biggest pain, although if you're buying $20 or more you can park at Pipers Alley and get your ticket validated.
Living Sea. Great shop, lots of tanks. They never have what we're looking for, which is probably bad timing on our part as they seem to have everything else!
New Fish. Small shop, clean, prices seem good but we had bad luck with the fishes we bought there, loses a lot of cories( 4/5) and a few neons (3/10). Would be hesitant to go there again, but it's very convenient and the staff friendly so who knows.
Old Orchard. Back when we had bettas, we went through a string of deaths before figuring out it was the tin of food they'd sold us, open, as it was the last one they had. I went in again to look around and found the store to look great with a good selction of fish and a huge stock of tanks and equipment, but they're obnoxiously high pressure and were pushing me to buy fish even though I was in the first week of a fishless cycle. Would not use.
Aquarium Adventure. Had about 5 minutes to run through here once before a meeting in the burbs. Seems like a huge stock and is nearly Shedd-like in it's displays. Am planning on heading back if they still have the cories we like. What have others found in terms of stock quality here?
|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.
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