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Old 12-20-2005, 11:30 PM   #1
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Hey folks,

I'm visiting the home-country for the holidays and was wondering if there were any interesting places to visit in my home town of Grand Rapids? Based on all you guys have written, it looks like I'll have to make the 1 hour drive down to Preus (sp?), perhaps Grandma will watch the rugrats and I can escape for a chunk of the day. But, anything closer to my childhood home?

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Old 12-21-2005, 12:11 PM   #2
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YESSSSS go to Pruess, it will be like 1 hr 20 minutes (east of Lansing in okemos) but worth the drive. Another cool one is Chow Hound on 28th and Eastern, they have decent plants and fish, and some nice saltwater setups. What it lacks in variety, it makes up in proximity
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Old 12-22-2005, 12:10 AM   #3
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is that all? that is terrible. i am in kalamazoo and there is nothing here. you would think more people would be into this, given the present weather. i guess beer is just too big of a hobby around here.
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Yea the fish scene around w. michigan kinda sux. K-zoo has that one good shop on Stadium, deep sea or something. . . VI pets on south division in GR is nice for fish, but they have a plant section that makes me throwupinmymouth 8O

IMO, fish and beer mix together just fine
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Old 12-22-2005, 03:12 PM   #5
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Yes, Preuss would be your best choice around mid-michigan area. They do carry a good selection of plants, but not the best quality that I have seen. You might want to check out today, that is when their shipments come in. They are also starting to order fro AquaBotanic (Robert Hudson) as well so maybe I will get to see the plant's quality get a little better.
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Old 12-23-2005, 01:32 PM   #6
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Thanks, guys! I flew into Flint, so I might check out Preuss on the way back to the airport on Wednesday. As to Chow Hound, I'll likely try to hit that as it's not too bad of a drive from here.

Any others (though, I'm not holding my breath )?
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Old 12-23-2005, 06:28 PM   #7
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Dittos for the VIPets on Plainfield. Pretty good selection of fauna, flora is lousy but they let me bring my bulldog in to shop.

Ernie--I didn't know about that Chow Hound,,,,thanks--I thought they were all as bad as the two on my end of town.

Preuss is your best bet.

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awesome. i'm glad to hear there are a few sources around.

i just went to deep sea aquariums on stadium in kalamazoo. indeed, that have much that can't be found elsewhere. however, they have very little that i would consider buying from them. their couple plants are unsellable and i wasn't impressed with the coral display. i didn't find the staff at all personable. I know nothing about fish, so i can't comment on them. they had a few reptiles. a veiled chameleon and a blue tongued skink, amongst others. maybe it is the time of year, but that place is nearly useless to me. nevertheless, it is a virtual monopoly in kzoo.

i'll definately be taking a road trip soon. it sounds like i'll still have to buy most of the plants i want online, though. i don't see why stores don't have more plants. most plants are easy.
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Old 02-25-2006, 04:46 PM   #9
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I just came from Aquarium Services in Jenison. All i have to say is wow!! He has added alot more planted tanks now that he is becoming established in there new buildiing.I can't believe some of the fish he has that no other store has.I bought some angels from him about a month ago they are the marbles that have a touch of golden yellow to them . I couldn't find that type any where but his store. got to check them out!! I told him about this site and he stated he has been checking it out thats great news for the planted fourms!!
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Old 02-25-2006, 05:17 PM   #10
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Hey matt, I'm definitely going to need to check out Aquarium Services in Jenison. How can I find out his hours? Sounds like a pretty cool setup, I'd love to see it!
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http://www.mapquest.com/maps/map.adp...te=mi&zipcode=

Here is a map to the area. I don't have his new address but this is within 2 houses. I say houses because the front part of the place on the road is an older farm house. There is two cement strips that enter to a large pole barn type construction building behind the house. You will see a open close sign in the window at that point. You can take your coat off and stay awhile as it feels like a rain forest in there
He told me his web address is www.aquariumservices.usa but I can't get to work. I will have to call him monday and see if there site is down or not up yet. I don't know his weekday hours but Saturdays are 9am-2pm. I will see what I can find on monday.
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I went to the Grandville school district during my entire childhood, and graduated from high school there before heading out the UofM and 'escaping' . Looks like that location is very close to one of the original Meijer Thrifty Acres. Looks like I've got another reason to go visit good, ol' Mom!!
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Old 02-26-2006, 03:32 AM   #13
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yes , this place is really close to one of the orginal miejer stores. Speaking of Meijer its going under some big changes..
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Old 02-27-2006, 01:31 PM   #14
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Thanks, Matt for the enccouraging words. I am trying hard to develop the best live plant selection in MI. We take a pretty low tech approach on most tanks to encourage even the beginning hobbyist to give live plants a try. Thanks for bringing in your extra plants as well. I'm always eager to take trades on plants by hobbyists. I just thought I'd clear up the web site error. The site is www.aquariumservices.us Our hours currently are Tues. & Thursday from 3 - 8 and Saturday from 9 -2. We are out servicing our client's aquariums the rest of the time. If someone can't make those times I am available by appointment by calling the office at 616-667-2424.

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Oh yea thanks a billion for the map! That's right by a curious world pet store, I know the area. If you could find weekly hours that would be awesome, but I will probably head there this saturday morning after the pwc's
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