I tried to post this last week but my phone was being flakey.
I just want to thank you all for your help and suggestions, we went to a couple places in Los Angeles, Allens and 7 Seas and both were very helpful and had tons of tanks in stock and one other I've forgotten the name of but it was pretty unremarkable.
San Diego was a different story, we were starting to burn out and decided to make Aquatic Warehouse our only stop which was great because they had everything we could have wanted, including the 12 long that was on my shopping list. It took some serious will power to not come home with a second, nor the finnex Ray2 I was eyeballing.
San Francisco will unfortunately have to wait till next time as we just ran out of go-go power and headed home, but I think we will fly there soon.
So again, I'd just like to say thanks to the locals who pointed our directions even though we didn't make it to all the stops.