Why haven't I been to this Fintique? Oh, because I don't live nearby.
Recently, I've had better luck with Petsmarts. Also, they have pretty nice marimo. And I consider marimo a pet on its own.
Gabes was pretty nice. Went there a while after that last post. Plants were HUGE and healthy and still like $3 each. (No $3 plant should ever be higher than my waist.) Small store, but still really great. Bought an angel and some tetras.
This past week, I went to River City Exotics, which may have stolen the spot of funky petstore smell king from Alamo Aquatics. They have NO plants, but they have a decent fish selection. Especially if you're into chiclids. They seem to have alot for reptile people though. Despite what I've heard, the owner was a pretty cool guy, and explained to me the lack of amphibians that I want. From reading the online opinions about the place, then going in for a while, I have a feeling he just told people if they're doing it wrong, and they got mad. Also bought an angel and some tetras. ...Yeah, I don't buy many other fish.
Went to Petland too. Okayish place. Small fishie area, decent selection, had several aquatic frogs, crabs, and crayfish too. They also sold... puppies? I've never seen a store that sells puppies.
I had no idea you could go to a store and buy a puppy. Which makes no sense, because there are plenty of free and/or cheap puppies. I also played with a hamster. I hadn't touched one before.
...Yeah, the fish side was small, and accessories were expensive. Alamo Aquatics is right down the road. Go there. Unless you want... a puppy? (I'm still in disbelief there's a puppy store.)