Finishing up this thread
I only made it to All For Fish in Albany (after accomplishing the main tip goals). Boy did the game day traffic suck big time. Anyway, my first time at AFF - friendly staff, good basic selection, better selection of plants than I am used to, some cloudy tanks, some tanks in QT, a couple tanks with a single dead fish. Not the place to go for shrimp, although one of the staff mentioned he was trying out cherries to breed. I took home all (9) of their pygmy cories (even though they were labeled as hasbrosus) to keep my 2 at home company in the 10 gal shrimp tank. And 2 nerite snails - one olive and I don't know what the other is, a dark purple color - they are going in the 20 gal..
Everybody is good. The poor pygmys were miserable in the store, huddled in the back corner of the tank. I told my SO I was getting the least interesting fish in the store! (He always likes the fish that need a bigger tank but so far that hasn't convinced him to let me have one.) They seem much happier in the planted tank at home, good activity.
Not overwhelmed or overimpressed but it is an easy stop off I-5 and I'd go back if I was passing through. They did have black neons (? I can't remember already) that did catch my eye. I was hoping for dwarf cichlids (Pelvicachromus taeniatus) as I have a lonely female in the 20 gal, but no such luck.
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