I was driving to lunch on Friday, and was happy to see Ocean Blue, a new Local Fish Store located at:
622 E. Katella Ave.
Orange, CA 92867
Brian, the owner, is a big fan of Amano. I can't remember the last LFS I visited where the owner knew who Amano was, but I digress. Anyhow, Brian is very excited to learn from and support the local planted aquarium community, and would be pleased to host SCAPE's first meeting. I will work with him to establish some possible dates and times, and would love to hear what would work best for all of you (weekdays, weekends, times).
I discussed having SCAPE members create Ocean Blue's first planted tank, and will work with him to that end so that we're ready to plant on the first meeting date. I'm thinking something as amazing as the tanks Oliver Knott builds in German fish shops would be nice.
As far as the store is concerned, Brian is stocking a great selection of cool gear, my personal favorite aquarium can be seen if you scroll down the page. He is open to ordering us "rare" fish and inverts, and looks forward to hearing our wish lists. He had some rare characins in there that I haven't seen before in local shops. He will also extend discounts to SCAPE members, too, which I hope you all might find useful.
If you call or store by, please tell Brian that I sent you.
Below please find some low-rez-but-hopefully-useful pictures from my visit ...
My personal favorite: