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Old 02-23-2004, 05:19 PM   #1 (permalink)
 
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Neighborhood Fish Farm
12150 SW 45th St
Miami, FL


I have to admit, they probably have among the nicest and healthiest plants in town although the variety is rather limited.

Plants include:
Alternanthera reineckii (red temple)
Hygrophila corymbosa v stricta (giant hygro)
Egeria densa (anachris)
Echinodorus bleheri (amazon sword)
Cabomba caroliniana (cabomba)
Limnophila aquatica (ambulia)

Occassional pots of Cryptocoryne (I got petchii once from them), Lilaeopsis brasiliensis, ozelot swords.

Carlos
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Old 01-12-2005, 05:35 AM   #2 (permalink)
 
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Exotic Aquariums
7399 Bird Road
Miami, FL 33155

Not to be confused with the other 2 aquarium/pet stores also on Bird Road within 3 miles this one. Exotic Aquariums is BRIGHTLY and flamboyantly painted with aquatic scenes over the entire exterior.

Of the 6 stores I have visted in the Miami area (4 lfs, one pet store chain, one super walmart with a fish selection), this was by far the best. I don't have enough experience to say if it is really good, but it was the best of the one's I visited.

Selection:: Big store. Marine, freshwater, reptile/amphibs

Plants: The most plants of the stores I visited. When I dropped in two weeks ago, I knew nothing about aquariums, much less the plants. I know a heck of a lot more now, and I seem to recall swords, crypts, anubias, and the mandatory anachris, hedge, etc. As for health: The anubias nana I purchased (without knowing a thing about plants at the time) looks just fine after two weeks in what can only be described as horrific plant conditions (baby LES turtle tank, high ammonia/nitrite, low light). (Don't yell at me, I am working on the water chemistry, and the turtles are tiny.)

Staff: Knolwedgeable and helpful. Clearly includes young enthusiasts as opposed to the typical "just need a job" kids with a bit of OJT. As for plant specific knowledge: I just dont know. The young guy who helped me was identified as "our plant guy". On the good side, he did recommend anachris, the anubias nana, and a hedge. Given my limited but improved knowledge now, I would say this was a pretty good recommendation given that they were going in a baby LES turtle tank. On the bad side, the other employee who helped me didn't know what Eco Complete was, much less where they kept it in the store. (Its underneath their multi-tiered plant tank, go figure)

I have no affiliation with this store.
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While looking for LFS i found "Big AL'S" at Mc Nab & University, West of Ft. Lauderdale. The store is still being stocked but is very impressive. It could be 50,000 sq. ft. or larger. This is the same Big Al"s as in Canada,the First store in USA.I asked about plants and was told they were not in stock but he showed me a good size, 6 cascade tank set-up for plants.Our conversation discussed their source of plant material but he was not certain.
I'm Looking for Flourite and they had the best price i was able to find in this area.
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You should ask him to see if they will bring in the Tropica plants from Canada.
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In answer to your post: I did not want to use that name but they indicated that was their plan "if enyough interest was generated".
I'm sure that i could get a rep, or you could, to come to our JUNE meeting,when we have it,(i'd like to come too).
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I went and visited Big Al's Last weekend and its a very nice store.
No plants yet but a nice selection of fish.
I found some Amano Shrimp at 5 for $10.00.
Eco-Complete $17.00 a bag, and good prices on just about everything.
Even though some things are more expensive than the web site.
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I know it's not in the southern part of the state...but does anyone know of decent stores in the Jax/Mayport area?

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I have no idea Mike. Sorry.
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To update this post:

Big Al's is amazing. Insane selection of fish, you can't go wrong, and they actually quarantine fish on arrival, which is more than I can say about any of the big chain stores. Also sells African root driftwood at 4.99 a lb., tons of different rocks, Eco Complete @ $18 a bag, mounted driftwood--the works. The best selection of plants I've seen in South FL too--riccia mounted on driftwood ($11), glossotigma, lacy ferns, java fern mat ($25), ambulia, micro sword, the list goes on and on. They also sell the Red Sea CO2 system--I forgot the price, but you can certainly call and ask. It really made the looong ride for Pembroke Pines worth it!

Also a very big selection of coldwater goldfish and koi if that's your kinda thing.

I also want to put in a word for Fish's Paradise off Miramar Pkwy (Yellow Page it if you need too). Not much of a plant collection but some very nice fish, and you can trade in coral/plants/fish for store credit. Very nice people who know what they're talking about; I recommend it!
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i know the thread is old but incase anyone is wondering...

the co2 system is 26.99 at big al's my friend picked it up yesterday
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