Thanks to all for the list of stores to visit. I had a great time in SF and visited AFA, Ocean, and Albany. I was really inspired by AFA's aquariums and the people were great and friendly, as such with Ocean's and Albanys. I think I like Ocean's was the best despite having to use my iPhone to navigate to it...the owner was really friendly and help answer a lot of questions, plus he had a lot of rare fish I had never seen physically before. I would drive back up there just to visit his store. AFA was doing maintenance at the time I was there, but if I were to buy shrimp it would be from there...they had two tanks of Crystal Red Shrimp that were gorgeous, and the plants were nice too. If I were to only buy plants it would be from Albanys. The guy there was friendly too and he educated me on a plant I had been meaning to ask here about but didn't know what it was since I'm a noob. (Sag, Subulata). Could've gotten some fish from Ocean's but I know my tank isn't ready yet and he let me know it too. Again thanks for all of your help.