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Old 01-04-2006, 10:57 PM   #1
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Default Any good LFS around Portland, ME?

as the title states, any good shops in the area?
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Old 01-07-2006, 09:03 PM   #2
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A friend of mine told me about a place called "Aquatic Concepts" in Wetbrook.

The address is:

863 Main Street
Westbrook, ME

I haven't been there yet, but I'll report back once I get a chance.
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Old 01-31-2006, 04:23 PM   #3
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aquatic concepts is hit or miss, though they are by far the best fw store i've seen in southern maine. very good african cichlid selection. sometimes they have random plants that you cant find in other stores. the last time i was there i got christmas moss and hygrophyla angustifolia.
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Old 12-17-2006, 12:50 PM   #4
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I live in South Portland, and aquatic concepts is where i go, like his selection of fish, as for plants i asked him what he had, he said what ever you see is for sell, small plants 4 dollars big ones are 6 dollars, some looked pretty cool, but other than that store all i know of is Pet Quarters and petco, also Animal Antics in south portland in the shaws millcreek plaza, next to family dollar, if you know of any please lemme know haha
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Old 12-17-2006, 01:07 PM   #5
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I was at Aquatic Concepts within the last two weeks and I cannot say I was impressed.

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Sanford, Maine
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Old 12-17-2006, 01:09 PM   #6
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Hey Turbo,

There is a place in Temple, NH that has terrific deals on fish and dry goods. I didn't see much in the way of plants there, but I figure the best plants are going to be available online here anyhow.

Please let me know if you want more information on this place in Temple and I will try to post it for you.

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Sanford, Maine
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Old 08-19-2007, 04:53 AM   #7
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I live in connecticut but I was recently in Maine for vacation for a week. In Portsmouth right off the highway there is a plaza with like barnes and noble in it, best buy and such. Well in there next to dick's was a place called pet quarters.
It seemed very nice, as soon as I walked in several employees greeted me within the first 5 minutes. Their tanks were very nice and clean and they had 2 people working over in that section. The fish seemed healthy and they had quite a bit to choose from. If I moved to Maine I would give this store a shot.
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Old 09-20-2009, 04:40 AM   #8
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Petco huh? Well the one located in Topsham Maine has a decent fish selection, a weak plant section, and 75% of their staff that works the fish area don't know didly squat. The only person that was knowledgable was the blonde girl, i think her name was sarah, shes very helpful. Ive noticed some of their tanks become quaranteened more often than other stores in the area. Thats what keeps me away from petco's live stock.=[
Doesn't mean I wont buy some from there though.

In Brunswick Maine there is a small pet shop on the back side of Hannaford on Main Street, called Brooks Feed and Farm. The people there are all great. Their tanks are all ways clean and stocked, fish are healthy as can be. On the down side they only have two 20 gallon tanks with plants in them. BUT.....If they do'nt have the species of fish or plant you want, They will do their best to find them from one of their suppliers.
If you go there, here is a hint....On fri-sun they sell all of their fish half off except for their feeder fish and fry.

I would really like to go check out "Aquatic Concepts" in Westbrook. Maine needs more quality Fish and aquatic plant stores. I don't know how you all feel but i really care for ordering plants and fish online.


Please Let us know if you know of any other good Local fish stores!

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Old 03-14-2010, 08:13 PM   #9
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Aquatic Concepts in Westbrook is not longer open. It was been gone for more than a year I believe. I also am fairly certain that they moved to Rochester, NH. When I was a kid (about 15 years ago), AQ in Westbrook was a GREAT store, but it kept having fits and starts over the years, getting bigger then smaller, and then smaller again. It was pretty bad in the last few years, 07-09. I think moving to Rochester was probably a good idea, hopefully kept the business alive. SO, my point being, dont drive all the ay to Westbrook, since the store is no longer there.

Petco and PetQuarters (Maine owned), are really the only places in the Portland area to get FW now... PetQuarters staff if very good, but they recently shut down 1/2 their tanks. Still the biggest selection around, but it is VERY common stuff, nothing really special ever shows up in terms of livestock.
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To the internet we must go..... Sucks living out here in the woods huh? If you need plants, this site has been very helpful. All of the sellers I have encountered have been more than what i was hoping for. Welcome to the Planted tank geekpryde!
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The Black Shark in Lewiston is worth checking out. I went there a few months ago and they had a fair number of unusual fish like celestial pearl danios, discus, various gouramis and cats that you don't see at the stores around Portland.
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The Black Shark in Lewiston is worth checking out. I went there a few months ago and they had a fair number of unusual fish like celestial pearl danios, discus, various gouramis and cats that you don't see at the stores around Portland.
Agreed. An excellent store.

More locally the best I've found so far is the Pet Quarters by the mall. They have a lot of tanks and more gourami and cichlids than you'd expect from a non-specialty store. Prices on livestock are quite good. The Bad: The markup on equipment etc is ridiculous, and fish health can be very hit or miss. Both standard for big generic pet stores, but that isn't really any excuse.
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Old 02-04-2012, 07:08 PM   #13
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Just an update:

The PetLife (formerly The Kennel Store) just over the bridge in SoPo has a small selection of fish, but they tend to have different stuff from other stores in the area. Stuff like Kuhli Loaches and rarer tetras, and some interesting cichlids. Excellent prices on livestock too. Can't attest to health, but everything looked fine, no overstocked tanks, and a pair of Kribs had free-swimming fry in one of the tanks. Worth a look if you're shopping for fish locally...
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