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Old 02-26-2007, 06:30 AM   #1
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Local Fish Stores Directory - Indiana


Petland
Website: http://www.petland.com

Locations & Phone Numbers
Carmel - Phone: (317) 848-7381 Fax: (317) 848-9331
Fort Wayne - Chapel Ridge - Phone: (260) 399-3720 Fax: (260) 399-3726
Fort Wayne - Glenbrook Commons - Phone: (260) 373-0322 Fax: (260) 482-9762
Merrillville - Phone: (219) 738-1717 Fax: (219) 738-2021
Terre Haute - Phone: (812) 234-1444 Fax: (812) 234-4733

Reef Pet Shop
Indianapolis - Phone: (317) 253-9695

Uncle Bill's
Website: http://www.unclebills.com

Locations & Phone Numbers
Fishers - Phone: (317) 773-5311
Greenwood - Phone: (371) 887-2700
Indianapolis - West 38th Street - Phone: (317) 291-3344
Indianapolis - East Washington Street - Phone: (317) 897-0709

Speck's Pet Supply
Website: http://www.speckspetsupply.com

Locations and Phone Numbers
Anderson - Phone: (765) 622-1255
Avon Phone: (317) 272-7738
Greenwood - Phone: (317) 889-6738
Updates:
3/3 - I've started organizing stores, their locations, link to the Google maps of each, and phone numbers. I've also added their website link when available. This is just busy work and so not the most interesting, but I'm hoping it will be useful in the end. I'll also be putting up descriptions of each with simply what products they carry, what types of tanks they provide for (freshwater/saltwater/brackish), and some information on their plant selection.

*** If you know some information or have been to any of the stores below, please post whatever you can tell us about them ***
Waters of The World
Ocean Reeflections
Seven Seas Pet Store - 7 Seas Pet Store Specializing in Puppies, Reptiles, Birds, Fish & Aquariums
Tropical Reef - garden ponds, freshwater aquariums, aquarium supply, tropical fish, freshwater aquatics, water pumps, aquarium filters, petshop, Aquarium Decatur Indiana,

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Old 02-26-2007, 07:38 AM   #2
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Uncle bills - Decent selection of freshwater and saltwater fish. Mostly common stuff, and unfortunately they sell dyed fish every once in a while. Plant selection is the best in greenwood, but that isn't saying much. You can usually find swords, anacharis, hornwort, anubias, etc there. If the plants have been sitting there for a week, they start to look pretty bad. Equipment here is $$$$ pricey compared to the big box stores. They generally have a pretty good selection of driftwood and stone. They also sell other pets including some more exotic stuff.

Specks - Good prices on dry good and equipment with a decent selection. They only sell freshwater fish, and no other furry animals either(In greenwood anyway). They have a lot of fish that are hard to find at other places. I've seen bornio loaches, cool african cichlids, porkchop rasboras, lots of catfish including lots of uncommon corys. Seems to be the only place in town that has nice healthy otocinclus as well.

We also have petsmart and petco, but they are really not worth mentioning. Petsmart sometimes has ok fish for cheap, I don't go to petco. Sometimes you can find something cool at meijer believe it or not. It is really hit and miss there.

What side of town are you on by the way?
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Old 02-26-2007, 02:24 PM   #3
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Inland Aquatics - Out in Terre Haute, and worth it even if the drive were twice as long. Hard to describe and still sound believable. The freshwater section is pretty sad with the exception of a couple nice displays, but the saltwater is fantastic. The storefront houses two systems containing 20 of the 40 breeders each, with a sump (retrofitted utility sink) on each tank, and each system has a ~300 gallon tank display and a huge sump plumbed in the middle. This is TINY compared to what they have in the back warehouse. Last time I added it up, they had 50,000 gallons. NO EXAGGERATION. They have three side rooms with display tanks set up and chairs so you can sit and enjoy them, they have a lab where they breed clowns and cardinals and seahorses and all sorts of stuff. It would take an entire day or more to properly explore that place. All their saltwater stock is healthy and beautiful.

Premium Aquatics - Like a smaller version of Inland. Great saltwater selection, but what I really like about them is their drygoods selection and pricing. They custom ordered a 5 ft light for me, even swapped out the bulbs for free. I did a lot of shopping around, and they had the best price even including shipping (although I picked it up myself).

One other note about Petland - (I assume you're talking about the one in Carmel...) The owner is a really standup guy and seems very serious about his fish. The store is pretty new, but I can see it improving as it matures. Also, they offer FANTASTIC discounts to CCAC members
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Old 03-04-2007, 12:14 AM   #4
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I've started to form more of a listing of stores with links to their addresses, and their phone numbers as well. Let me know what you guys think of it so far and if I should maybe change something before I finish up the other locations. I'm hoping to write descriptions on each based on what we all know as well. (unbiased descriptions incase you guys thought I was a bit negative in my original comments)
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Old 04-24-2007, 10:47 AM   #5
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Wish I found this forum sooner. (Thanks yoink) Nice to be able to trade info with local folks about our choices in this area.

I am new to this hobby - started in January this year. I now have 3 fw tanks - 1 10 gallon in my 5 year old sons room, a 12 gallon eclipse in my living room, and a 75 gallon just 3 weeks up, in my sunroom. I have become quite obsessed and my family sometimes tells me they think I care more about my tanks then I do them. Not true, of course.... But I do love this hobby. My interests at present lie mostly with planted tanks, but my oldest son has a nano-reef and I spent some time window-shopping the marine tanks while I was deciding whether to do a large planted tank or start a marine reef. I am intrigued by Diana Walstad's ideas on the low-maintenance, soil-based, natural sunlight tanks and I am currently reading her book and experimenting with some of her ideas.

Nice information listed here on local stores. Just wanted to add my 2 cents to help others. Since I recently got into this - I also recently visited many stores in the Indy area. Hope personal opinions are welcome - because thats what follows... I am not affiliated in any way with any of these stores.

Pet Jungle - at 106th and Michigan Rd in West Carmel has a small but healthy aquatic dept. They carry both freshwater and marine stock. This small pet shop is owned by 2 brothers. Nice guys. They seem to specialize in reptiles. The fish dept is relatively small, but prices are always better than other places and I have never had anything die that I bought from them. They are helpful, and of course, willing to order whatever you want. Plant selection is slim.

Note that the several Uncle Bill's in the area are quite different. I have been to 3 of them. The one in Fishers caters mostly to marine hobbyists and the 2 times I have been there did not find a nice selection of plants, or fish for that matter. I doubt I will bother again.

The UB on 38th St is an older store, but has a good selection of freshwater fish, some plants but still not alot, and I have found driftwood and other supplies there. Very little marine, almost no live coral.

The UB in Greenwood had the most and best selection of live plants of the 3, and better than most stores around here period. Some pretty good driftwood also. I thought the marine department - particulary live coral - on the day I visited - did not look great though.

Carmel Petland - Have to wonder what was said about this store that was deleted based on the reference to it in another post. But here is my 2 cents. This is a new store, and they seem to try pretty hard. I agree with what someone above said about the owner being a stand-up guy. There are 3 people in there, including the owner, whom I have dealt with actually, that I really liked. I think they treat me pretty good. They just - like within the last 3 months - started their marine section. So still very new. They have the nicest selection of FW plants and fish that I have seen around here. I also think they display them better than most. Prices can be higher for some things though, but not everything. Beautiful planted rainbow tank and alot of discus on display there last time I was there - maybe a week ago. I have had more trouble keeping alive the fish I have bought there, but in fact, that may be because I have also bought more there than anywhere. And I bought young angels there which are delicate anyway. And they have replaced what I purchased when I did have a problem. So, overall, I really like this store.

The Reef - Older, established store. Both marine and freshwater. Though I really did not look at the marine tanks that day. Fish prices okay but not cheap. Overall, did not find it worth the extra drive for me. Lots of driftwood, rock, etc... when I was there. I was told their equipment prices are higher than most, but I really was not pricing equipment when I went there.
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Beech Grove's Pet Store will be re-opening here soon. I'll have more feedback once they re-open.
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