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Old 03-01-2005, 06:54 PM   #1
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I have bought many a plants from Justin, but wondering if anybody buys fish from him. He has some rams I would like, but would like to hear if anybody has any experience with his livestock.
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Old 03-04-2005, 04:31 AM   #2
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His stock is excellent. He actually keeps a log of all fish that comes in, quarantine dates, etc... Very healthy stock, I would highly recommend him over any other LFS around.
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Old 03-04-2005, 04:55 AM   #3
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I bought a couple of Apistos form him recently. So far they are looking pretty good. He will give you a home made dripper if it's the first time you buy fish from him.
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Old 03-04-2005, 09:47 AM   #4
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Not the adult caucatoides!? I wanted those! They're in the same tank as the blue pleco, which I also want. Guess I should go get 'em.
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Old 03-04-2005, 04:54 PM   #5
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That blue pleco is nice!
I had variable results with his fish. The water in his tanks is very different from east bay water. Use the dripper wisely! Its a must.
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Old 03-05-2005, 03:44 AM   #6
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No I didn't get the caucatoides, probably because I didn't see them. I got a pair of these guys instead. Apistogramma bitaeniata
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Old 03-05-2005, 08:24 AM   #7
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He's got a lot of unique things, including a Cameroon Fan Shrimp, http://www.aquahobby.com/gallery/e_atyopsis.php and freshwater clams. I've also gotten mixed results from livestock there, but more favorable then anywhere else, in my experience.
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Old 03-06-2005, 06:15 AM   #8
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What's a dripper?
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Old 03-06-2005, 07:38 AM   #9
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Cutting the top off a 1L plastic bottle, Justin pierces the bottom with a thingamajig, and inserts some rigid tubing with an adjustable plastic valve you turn to an appropriate drip rate. It is used to drip aquarium water into the bag-o-fish while it's floating in the tank. It's a slower but milder method to equilibrate his water with yours. Drip rate depends on how sensitive a species might be to changes in pH, for instance, or how different your water parameters are to his. It's easier on the fish/shrimp.

He does it for no charge, at least for me he didn't charge. Shows how much he still loves the hobby and appreciates his customers. Try to get this kind of service and commitment from any other LFS.

Sometimes it's in our best interest to not always shop for the cheapest prices, but to keep places like these in business. Overhead in SFO is not cheap.
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Old 03-06-2005, 10:03 AM   #10
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I just got a pair of apistogramma bitaeniata from him too, he has several tanks of dwarf cichilids and apparently they are not selling well. His price is quite decent, more expensive than petsmart or petco but cheaper than most LFS, I live in San Mateo county and I found my two local LFS charge way too much for poor quality fish.
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His prices are very fair and the quality of the fish is pretty high. Some of them are even tank bred in the store. Last time that I was there, I almost picked up a Nanochromis "Zaire red". Definitely check it out next time you guys are there. It was in the tank up front w/the wild heckels. One of the harder to find species, that looks awesome.
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I bought some of this dwarf cichlids, aequidens curviceps, a while back for $5 ea. Still doing fine in my 125, and they are gorgeous! I think I might have to get some more as well as some of this zebra otocinclus.

He should really have a website, with a species list at least. I think I'll mention it to him.
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Old 03-11-2005, 04:26 AM   #13
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One of those apistos I bought just died. I only wanted to buy one but he suggested that I get two. The male had been harassing the female and I guess it just ended up getting too stressed out. Even though I?fll probably buy another female from him later on.
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One of those apistos I bought just died. I only wanted to buy one but he suggested that I get two. The male had been harassing the female and I guess it just ended up getting too stressed out. Even though I?fll probably buy another female from him later on.
What? My female hasn't eaten for 10 days, I am really worried
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Old 03-11-2005, 04:21 PM   #15
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That doesn't sound good.
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