I wanted to follow up on this thread.
We visited MANY stores so far in Manhattan and BK
Except for the Monster in Queens, which I know is a major contender.
Pacific A&P is BEAUTIFUL!
Their fish look so healthy, their tanks are clean. For NYC, I think their prices are fair.
There is also metered parking right in front if you drive 🙂
I really liked the store. But I found staff to be a bit stand-offish when we asked them questions.
The guy who caugh our fish was brand new, as he said but he was SO rough with them and clearly didn’t know how to catch them properly.
We purchased 6 cardinal tetras from there.
1 perished the first day the rest are doing great.
We also went to Petqua
Not much to look at but if you look closely all the tanks ave very clean. There some is algae in them though which is not a problem. We have been there several times, I’ve not seen a single fish dead in a tank or with ich on it.
We bought 8 neon tetras here - 3 of them passed one by one daily. But they were the VERY first wish we got and there is a chance I did not acclimate them properly. (I only floated them)
The 5 remaining are doing well.
We also purchased 4 cardinal tetras this past Sunday (8/1) and today (8/4) everyone is still with us.
We also got 6 Otocinclus on 8/1 - also all fish are still here and seem to be doing well. 2 have tail fin damage but that seems to be a transport thing.
What I LOVED about Petqua was that the guy wouldn’t sell me more than 8 neon tetras when he learned that I had a fresh cycled tank. I PURPOSELY ASKED him for more and he was like “no. You might have an ammonia spike an kill them”
The fish there are more expensive and when you get in the fish room it seems kind of messy and hot. But I think they are a solid LFS.
We also went to amazing aquariums in BK.
I bought 6 Corydoras there. All 6 fish are happy and doing well, 3 weeks later. We called a bunch of stores and these guys were the only ones with the Cories we wanted and once we saw them they were impossible to resist.
But I will never go back to that store.
It was smelly, their neons were COVERED in ich. Dead fish floating in almost every tank.
I took the chance on the cories bc they were one of first fish in my tank (hr them the day after the first batch of tetras 3 weeks ago) and I just dosed the whole thing with medicine.
We went to at least 4 other stores in BK and the one in Manhattan on the West side. I couldn’t run out of there FAST ENOUGH.
Monster in queens is still on my list to visit but I am running out of stocking needs 🙂
Last edited by Lanaquarium; 08-06-2020 at 03:23 AM.