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Old 09-29-2012, 07:57 AM   #16
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For the transport reason alone, having the same location for the meet generally suits all of us. There was plenty to see at each of the shops and enough interest for many to linger even after hitting all the stores so sticking with the same venue and adding food/indoor swap area seems quite viable.

There is interest in visiting a fish wholesaler in new rochelle but would defer to ed to coordinate as I've raised a group buy thread to help the topic along. Remember that New Rochelle was discussed (outside aquastar) before the msjinkzd event was announced.

Happy to get feedback for the next meet if anyone wqnt to offer suggestions on change of location, day of week or timing...etc. I believe carpooling can and should be arranged ahead of schedule now that many of us have met.
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Old 09-29-2012, 08:36 AM   #17
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Well, its really a great achievement, here we are also ahead to reach to the milestone before the time spam, we guys are just the rocking indeed.
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Old 09-29-2012, 08:46 AM   #18
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I would definitely go back to those previous places, especially since I didn't look around the first store as much as I wanted to.

This time we should being some Duckweed and Cherry culls so that homeless guy can enjoy a gourmet meal of some shrimp and salad.
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Old 09-29-2012, 12:24 PM   #19
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MABJ and Jake10 you guys should try and form a group.

Way to go NY!

Has everyone been to Absolutely Fish, awsome place and the Pet Shanty too!
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Old 09-29-2012, 01:35 PM   #20
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I'm hoping to hit http://rt4aquarium.com/ , http://www.ridgewoodaquariumimports.com/ and possibly http://www.absolutelyfish.com/ if time permits this afternoon. Midnight madness is insane!

incase anyone's interested

https://maps.google.com/maps?saddr=3...=h&mra=ls&z=13
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Old 09-29-2012, 01:58 PM   #21
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I'm hoping to hit http://rt4aquarium.com/ , http://www.ridgewoodaquariumimports.com/ and possibly http://www.absolutelyfish.com/ if time permits this afternoon. Midnight madness is insane!
If you guys are coming to Jersey ill definitely meet you guys there!
Actually, dont think i can today. Pretty sure im going hiking in this "beautiful" weather.
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Old 09-29-2012, 02:50 PM   #22
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Aw man, I just agreed to take my brother shopping this afternoon. I don't think he wants to go to New Jersey ...
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Old 09-29-2012, 06:45 PM   #23
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Just left the ada store, ridgewood aquarium imports. Awesome show tanks. I've never seen all these ADA products in one place. Took photos to share. John and Peter were real hobbyists and great to speak with. Worth checking out if you want to see ada planted tanks up close.

Their prices were pretty reasonable and offer non ada products for all price ranges.
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Old 09-29-2012, 08:40 PM   #24
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I'm hoping to hit http://rt4aquarium.com/ , http://www.ridgewoodaquariumimports.com/ and possibly http://www.absolutelyfish.com/ if time permits this afternoon. Midnight madness is insane!

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https://maps.google.com/maps?saddr=3...=h&mra=ls&z=13
That's quite a drive considering they're not close to each other.

I'm live about less than 10 miles drive to AF and Rt 4, AF being much closer. Though I usually end up hitting up the NYC LFS whenever I'm visiting because they're usually a few bucks cheaper or more.
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Old 09-29-2012, 10:06 PM   #25
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LOL, me and Heartnet were just discussing going out there for all those! Haha. I'm glad you sharing feedback, thank you!


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Old 09-30-2012, 02:01 AM   #26
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That's quite a drive considering they're not close to each other.

I'm live about less than 10 miles drive to AF and Rt 4, AF being much closer. Though I usually end up hitting up the NYC LFS whenever I'm visiting because they're usually a few bucks cheaper or more.
Each of the shops felt like they were approximately 10 min or so in-between. Add about three min each to recheck my google printed maps. All in all, WHAT A THRILL today! Perks at each stop.

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LOL, me and Heartnet were just discussing going out there for all those! Haha. I'm glad you sharing feedback, thank you!
There was one other that I considered but it really wasn't aligned enough to include, Fishtown on route 17.

Ridgewood Aquarium Imports (the Ada shop) really makes premium planted tanks within reach. They carry all the soils in stock and tons of accessories including their do aqua line of glass tanks, diffusors, etc... They even had generic diffusors from hong kong starting at a dollar. Their plant selection was more exotic than standard faire and I did end up getting a plant there. Hey have a side by side tanks born at the same time showing with and without co2. You really can see the impact... Night and day folks....

They also have ADA and DoAqua! rimless tanks in stock. Its like planted tank pr0n there!
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Plants and livestock room:

The aquarium on route 4 caters to everything on a large scale... They even have real piraņas. My gosh... My daughter was gaga over the baby bull dogs and the large tortoise. I admired their quality cpos, Sulawesi cardinals and another banded type which was unlabelled.

I really thought hard about picking up a few cpo but eventually trekked on to the next and last stop.

Absolutely Fish is always a treat... I've done Midnight madness there in the past. Their last one was in August. Plants are top notch, wide variety of products, ferts, crypts, foods etc... Large selection of nano sized stones in the back along with an aisle of nano fish. Cpds, rasboras briggeta (Sp?),kilis, blue velvet shrimp,rilis were all fabulous.

OK so i returned to Queens, specifically Elmhurst.
Golden Aquatic Aquarium in Woodside was a stark contrast to the earlier LFS. There isnt much to see. They are big on flowerhorns and have a several species of silver dollars and goldfish. A permanent fixture on all my trips there has been a stroller with a sleeping kid. I dare say its always the same kid. He's badly outgrowing the stroller these days with arms and legs dangling over the sides... Poor thing...

The day was wrapped up with a stop by Blue Gold Aquarium by Whitney Ave in Elmhurst. It broke my heart to see bettas being packaged in snack sized baggies. All fins clenched, gasping for air in bags awkwardly stacked in a large trash bin. Their noteworthy tank writing states: Extra red cherry shrimp $3, no picking, moss not for sale, don't ask. They did have a tank of discus at half off but avoid as all seem to be blind in one or both eyes. Truly a shame to witness.

Sorry to say, the Elmhurst LFS doesnt have much to offer this week....

Anyways, the nj tour can easily be managed under three hours Round trip. I'd recommend it. If I didn't have to work half the day, One or two more lfs wouls have been added...
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Old 09-30-2012, 02:37 AM   #27
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Nice!!! I wish I was there, may be next time we should check them out as a group
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Old 09-30-2012, 07:15 PM   #28
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Photos added.

If anyone wants to head up to Ridgewood aquarium, lmk... i can be easily convinced to pick up one of those do aqua! rimless tanks...
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Old 09-30-2012, 07:58 PM   #29
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Depending on who serves you, you can maybe ask for a bit of moss. helps if you are female and speaks chinese. I got about 6 shrimps for $5 because 4 little ones hitch hiked on a bit of moss they gave me.
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Old 10-01-2012, 05:52 PM   #30
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Nice reviews, acitydweller! Glad you made the trip out to NJ. I am not into the hi-tech aspect of aquarium plants (yet), but I definitely did appreciate what Ridgewood had to offer. I did spend a little dough while I was in there though, that's for dang sure! And yes, those guys were great to talk to. When you do head back to the area, let me know and I will be happy to meet up with you and meet a new face. I might even venture into NY one weekend to check out the spots you guys talk about on this site. I used to be a city dweller myself (haha), but having a wife, three kids, a job and all that other craziness, it's kind of hard to get out there anymore.
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