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Today 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.
Today 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.
07-22-2013 03:00 PM
MondoBongo hey guys. glad i bumped in to this thread.

South Hills of Pittsburgh here. i am starting a low tech planted nano for my desk at work and figured i would sign up to lurk.

i've been maintaining a mixed reef at home for a little over a year now, but figured saltwater would be a bit much for a tiny tank in my office.

i shop at Oddball quite a bit, like those guys a lot up there. i've also shopped at wet pets and elmers. i'll never go back to wet pets for various reasons. elmer's is a decent shop, but kind of tough for me to get to and from with where they're location in relation to me.
06-20-2013 03:25 AM
Psychedelic Yeah wet pets is 5 min away from me. Just went in and got two medium sized angels for 10 a piece and got my name put on the list for when they get Bolivians in. Brian is a really nice guy and knows what he's talking about as most of those guys do. Gonna go buy some rummynose that they just got in (200+) next week at 4.99 a pop.
06-20-2013 03:18 AM
meppitech I tried seahorse about a year and a half ago. Dead fish in a lot of the tanks deterred me greatly. Besides that i remember buying nothing and feeling like it was a wasted trip. I may go look again. I drive past that exit everday twice. I am also going to have to check out wet pets now. Never heard of them.
06-18-2013 02:48 PM
JeffyFunk
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Originally Posted by aja31 View Post
I think wet pets was my favorite of the stores. The fact that they breed most of their freshwater fish in store was a huge plus, and the tanks are all very well maintained. In order of favorite to least favorite i'd have to say:

1. Wet Pets
2. Elmer's
3. Oddball

The biggest selection was probably at aquaworld but I don't think i'd ever buy a fish there. Elmer's and Wet Pets had a similar selection and oddball had a slightly smaller, but different selection.
One thing to add - Wet Pets has very high quality fish, but is also probably the most expensive of the stores. In terms of plants, they're okay... I've always been blown away by their selection of fish (esp Salt water), but never their plants... just my two cents. (They're also the farthest from where i live, but if i'm fish shopping, they're definitely worth the trip.)

Elmer's & Wet Pets both get shipments of plants in on a weekly basis. Oddball will place an order more infrequently but they also buy a lot of plant cuttings off of local hobbyists... so their selection is varied (or inconsistent).

Tim Burton's is okay. It's just not a place i go to that often, i admit, as they don't carry the best selection of plants. Also, I admit i've never gone to the Seahorse because i always thought they carried saltwater exclusively... its on my list of places to go visit, but just never feel like making the trip up there... oh well.
06-18-2013 12:24 PM
aja31 Well I finally made it out to all the major stores in the area. Wet pets was my last stop last night. I think wet pets was my favorite of the stores. The fact that they breed most of their freshwater fish in store was a huge plus, and the tanks are all very well maintained. In order of favorite to least favorite i'd have to say:

1. Wet Pets
2. Elmer's
3. Oddball
4. Petco (@ waterworks)
5. Aqua World

The biggest selection was probably at aquaworld but I don't think i'd ever buy a fish there. Elmer's and Wet Pets had a similar selection and oddball had a slightly smaller, but different selection.

I just wish Wet Pets was closer, its about a 40 minute trip out there for me.
06-15-2013 01:03 AM
Psychedelic Wet pets is decent as well.
06-14-2013 11:49 PM
meppitech Oddball had chili's the last time i was there. In case you were looking and didnt see them.
06-14-2013 03:37 AM
retrocity Also in the Pittsburgh area.

Oddball Pets and Elmer's are my two favorite places to go. Been getting stuff from Elmer's since I was a kid. I just got some Pygmy Cory's from Elmer's this past weekend. Both always have some great nano fish to choose from plus a lot of harder to find supplies.

I would agree about Burton's too, local chain, but pretty decent. Selection can be hit or miss by location. The Bridgeville one had great fish selection for a while, but it's recently been more general, perhaps someone new is doing the ordering. The one in Monroeville has a ton a Kubotai Rasboras, and I was told they get Chili's in when they are available.
06-13-2013 05:46 AM
Psychedelic Oddball is incredible! That's where I got all my plants and they are nice and healthy
06-12-2013 02:17 AM
EngineChauffer Ya I hear ya, I have a 6 and 3 1/2 yr old, it can be a pain to get anything done at times.
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