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Hi everyone, new user, long time planted fish tank enthusiast, just moved to Martinez a few months ago and want to get back to the hobby.
I'm just wondering if there are any stores on this side of the bay other than the one on Contra costa, they only have a few plants that are in pretty bad shape.
Any help will be appreciated. I will post a thread on my set up once I find what I need.

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Plant wise, the closest is Albany Aquarium. Fish wise, Concord Aquarium.

Or you can always stop at my house in WC.

Also check WTS and RAOK on this forum.

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Thanks for the reply, that one didn't show up in my search for some reason, I went to the one in Dublin but again, disappointed.
Ill head over to albany tomorrow and check them out. I still want to set up my tank (2.5) and figure out what I wanna do.
 

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If you want to make the drive. Neptune aquatics is pretty good on plant selection. There is a couple in Hayward and Oakland as well but nothin special. I think there was pan aquarium or ocean or something. They used to have piranhas and sold them as pacu, but they were really piranha you could tell buy the teeth
 

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I'm rather fond of Albany Aquarium.

Their prices are a bit on the high side, but pretty much all of their tanks and critters are in good shape whenever I go there, and everyone I've talked to seems to be pretty knowledgeable.

That place is a sauna though. :/
 

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Super way in hayward, limited plants selection, but fish experts for sure.
They have planted tank friendly small american ciclids: assorted apisto, cuveceps...
And I can find the SAE, the LANGEI !, famous bba eater from their store almost every time, they get the langei from their unique asia exporter.
90% of the time I see SAE in other stores, are atrilimes or something else.
 

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I'm rather fond of Albany Aquarium.

Their prices are a bit on the high side, but pretty much all of their tanks and critters are in good shape whenever I go there, and everyone I've talked to seems to be pretty knowledgeable.

That place is a sauna though. :/
FYI, the reason that Albany Aquarium has high prices is because they quarantine all fish for a minimum of 2 weeks before sale. The raised floor portion is the back is raised because the whole section below it is a quarantine room. All new stock is placed in the lower section (not accessible to the public) and treated as necessary before put up for sale. I have never found/heard of another store that does this in my 20 something years of this hobby!

Note, this applies to their freshwater stock only, they do not have capacity to quarantine salt water.

They also have huge plant selection in tanks with CO2 (most other stores do not have C02 on their plant tanks for sale) and great customer service!
 

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SFBAAPS = San Francisco Bay Area Aquatic Plants Society.
Our next Meet is coming up in the South Bay. We often carpool from the East Bay.

There is a very nice member , Diana, in Martinez also :)

If you'd like to join, it's free and we swap plants every meet.


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Is Neptune Aquatics still worth the visit? The last time I was in there was a few years ago and it was for some salt water fish. I don't recall them having a freshwater selection.

SuperWay looks awesome. I'll go stop by on Thursday or Friday.

Thanks for all of the great info guys! I can't wait to start my new hobby.
 
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Is Neptune Aquatics still worth the visit? The last time I was in there was a few years ago and it was for some salt water fish. I don't recall them having a freshwater selection.

SuperWay looks awesome. I'll go stop by on Thursday or Friday.

Thanks for all of the great info guys! I can't wait to start my new hobby.
hyaku paasento worth it tbh. The freshwater section is kinda hidden. Their plants are basically what makes it worth it, but they have some nice fish too. Kinda pricey, but definitely worth it (for the plants).
 
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