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Old 01-12-2013, 07:25 AM   #16
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Aqua Life in providence is been around for awhile. I been going there for over 25 + years. The owners, George and Irene are both very nice people. If you are looking for plants and the equipment to run them, They have plenty of all that. In this store you will find exotic fish and plants from around the world. If you dont see what you are looking for....just ask and maybe they can get there hands on what you are looking for. As some one said pricey, I do not think so, You get what you pay for. I am the type of guy that will not buy from a Petco or Petsmart because I do not buy my plant that are in a plastic bag sitting on a self. And there fish are ran on a main filtration system that effects all tanks tied to that system.

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def true, idk why anyone would think they r expensive? they usually have better prices on fish at least, then petcos or most lfs.
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Old 01-13-2013, 07:39 PM   #17
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They are slightly more expensive on some things, but do have good prices on some stuff too. But any retail location is going to be more expensive when compared to an online resource or big box store. But there is something you get with their store that you will not get other places; Great personal service. Their stock is pretty healthy. And they maintain their tanks well. I don't think I've ever seen a dead fish in there.
They are friendly, knowledgeable, helpful, and will try to talk you out of stuff if they do not think it is a good idea for your tank (over stocking or compatibility issues. And they will explain why). They will go out of their way to help you out and will occasionally give you deals on stuff if you frequent the shop. They can get just about what ever you want if you ask.
Not to mention that you are keeping your money in your community, not adding to the profits of share holders that don't really care about the quality of the service of of the livestock.
They also support the Tropical Fish society of Rhode Island.
The few extra bucks you might spend is well worth it in my opinion.
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Old 01-17-2013, 07:02 AM   #18
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I stop buying from Aqua Life, stuff they sell I can get it online for less.
I'm in this hobby to save not to spend. Their discus price are crazy high.
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Old 01-19-2013, 12:27 AM   #19
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I stop buying from Aqua Life, stuff they sell I can get it online for less.
I'm in this hobby to save not to spend. Their discus price are crazy high.
if i can buy locally i will always buy it, i dont trust buying online stresses fish out a lot :/
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Old 03-14-2013, 09:20 PM   #20
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I stop buying from Aqua Life, stuff they sell I can get it online for less.
I'm in this hobby to save not to spend. Their discus price are crazy high.
this is why the small mom-and-pop shops are disappearing.
If we don't support the local stores, there will no longer be local stores.
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Old 04-02-2013, 02:49 PM   #21
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I was just at Aqualife and I have to say im 50/50 on them. They have a lot of plants but most of them are the same type spread out through their system. They also have a lot of plants that have holes or are otherwise unhealthy. There is also a lack of aquascaping materials every time I go there. They are probably the only place in RI that carries any decent driftwood but most of the time the boxes are empty. If you are planning to go I would go on a weekday if you can because they are super packed on the weekends and you can literally wait an hour and not get helped. I went to buy driftwood this weekend and had some in hand but could not get rung out so I just put it back and left.

That being said Aqualife is probably the best LFS (at least for fresh) in RI which is somewhat sad. They have the best selection of fish by far but some of their prices are high and you can forget about dry goods .. . . . super expensive. The poster above me commented on the great service but tbh I get better service from Marinedepot or someone like Gordon on the swap forums and I get a better price so thats why I find myself just ordering online more and more.
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They do have driftwood in that little back room off to the right. Thats where i got my couple of pieces, but yeah ive been in there a good hr before i was able to be checked out. So typically i avoid the weekends and later in the day. Luckily i get off work at 130pm so i can get in there around 2 if i need to go. Im new enough in this hobby that ive bought no fish or plants online. But what i have checked its like $30-$50 to mail anything live. So whether there prices are a bit higher or not i can save on shipping. Any Rhode Islanders have any plants for sale????
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Old 04-09-2013, 02:45 AM   #23
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They do have driftwood in that little back room off to the right. Thats where i got my couple of pieces, but yeah ive been in there a good hr before i was able to be checked out. So typically i avoid the weekends and later in the day. Luckily i get off work at 130pm so i can get in there around 2 if i need to go. Im new enough in this hobby that ive bought no fish or plants online. But what i have checked its like $30-$50 to mail anything live. So whether there prices are a bit higher or not i can save on shipping. Any Rhode Islanders have any plants for sale????
I would check with the former "power sellers" they always have the best stuff at the best prices. I have a very good experience with the seller Gordon and have heard good things about H4N.

I think I paid 7-10 dollars shipping from Gordon last time I got plants. If you order when its fairly warm you can get 2 day priority shipping in a flat rate box which is pretty cheap and the plants get through fine.

As far as local people, I have not had any luck with freshwater. There is a pretty decent saltwater community in southern NE but all of the plant clubs are pretty dead it seems. Sometimes you can snag some freshwater gear on Boston Reefers at a good price.
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Im starting to see cruising the forums that Rhode ISland and NEw england at that seem pretty stagnant with freshwater people. Most the websites for new england have been updated in a quite awhile. BUt thanks ill defiantly check the two people out you had said.
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Old 04-12-2013, 07:21 PM   #25
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They also support the Tropical Fish society of Rhode Island.

Does the Tropical Fish Society of RI meet anymore? The last post on the forums was Oct 2012....

Pretty sad if it totally died. How is it not possible to get a BRS style club together for people who enjoy planted tanks in Southern NE?
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Old 04-15-2013, 01:53 PM   #26
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I wish i knew, im so new to the hobby that if it wasnt for the internet id be lost. It would be nice to have a local club that i could suck information from.
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I went to the TFSRI auction last month. It was great. Tons of nice fish, equipment and, some plants (not a lot). I did manage to pick up some subwassertang, and dwarf water lettuce. (The lettuce is out of control but thats another story lol). I only stayed for 3 hours and they still had half of the stuf to get through. If I ever start a cichlid tank I will wait until that aution is near, lots of large/small/pairs/variety going for dirt cheap. There were some cool plecos too but they got bid up pretty quick (goldstar, zebra etc)
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Nice, so they have these often?
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Twice a year March and Sept. This was my first time going.
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Old 04-15-2013, 09:46 PM   #30
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Twice a year March and Sept. This was my first time going.
How do you find out about these meetings? The website is pretty useless
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