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I moved from NY to Maryland (Howard County) in the summer and fish selection and condition at Petco & Petsmart are aweful. Whenever I go there, I see at least a few dead fish and the only fish that are thriving seem goldies.

There seem to be only two LFS's not too far from my home: House of Tropicals and Congressional Aquarium. Are they worth visiting? I'm interested in Dwarf Cichlids & Corys.
 

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Check out Exotic Aquatics...

Very nice selection of livestock.

Plant selection is limited but you can usually find cool stuff..
 

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Congressional is _well_ worth the trip. They recently (past couple years) moved a few storefronts down, and have a ton more space now. I'm planning a trip down there "soon" (I'm in Frederick), since there's not much selection within a few miles of me. You know how you get a "vibe" about stores? Congressional gave me a really good one, and at least the staff I've dealt with are knowledgable and willing to help out. Aisles and aisles of livestock tanks, 3-4 tanks high, and if I did happen to (rarely) find a dead fish, they'd promptly attend to it

I'm not really into marine, but they seemed to also have a decent selection on that front.

(No connection other than being a happy customer)
 

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If you live in Howard County, you might consider Aquarium Depot in Randallstown. It looks like they are currently renovating but, they are still one of the better ones to visit. I live 64 miles from them and still go there occasionally because in Northern Virginia, Petco and Petsmart have squeezed out any decent LFS.
 

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I've read not-so-positive reviews of Aquarium Depot.

My office is in Baltimore. I'll check out Exotic Aquatics also. Congressional seems the best place in MD. It's less than 20 miles from me.
 

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I've read not-so-positive reviews of Aquarium Depot.

My office is in Baltimore. I'll check out Exotic Aquatics also. Congressional seems the best place in MD. It's less than 20 miles from me.
I liked House of Tropicals, the one time I was there. Near BWI.

I prefer Tropical Fish World to Congressional, but both are good.
 
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