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If that is the case, then what's the issue? Isn't that exactly what is happening? Another store is carrying ADA, so that's great (especially since it's so near me!), right?
Maybe he is not doing it the way it should be done? Maybe allaboutfish can chime in on this? Maybe...?
 

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There's no issue at all. Kirt is buying his goods from a reputable source, and without question has authentic ADA products in his store. I stand corrected and apologize sincerely for my reactionary posts last night. Kirt more than put me in my place on this matter. Frankly, it was really none of my business where he was getting his products from. Ho sounds like a great guy who knows what he's doing and I wish him all the best with his shop and ADA products.

Please understand if I get a little protective over who has ADA in their shop and how they got it. I have poured a lot of energy (an money) into this venture, and am subject to less-than-perfect behavior sometimes, especially when I suspect that someone is backdooring something I am working so hard for, which in this case was NOT the case.

I encourage everyone in the So. Cal. area to visit and purchase ADA products from Kirt at All About Fish.
 

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Emphesis on what people need to know

I encourage everyone in the So. Cal. area to visit and purchase ADA products from Kirt at All About Fish.
I encourage everyone in the So. Cal. area to visit and purchase ADA products from Kirt at All About Fish.
I encourage everyone in the So. Cal. area to visit and purchase ADA products from Kirt at All About Fish.
I encourage everyone in the So. Cal. area to visit and purchase ADA products from Kirt at All About Fish.
:-D

Kirk, if you are reading this (and you likely are), how did the initial shipment work out? Get some solid sales yet? I didn't get to go there when the ADA was in so I have no idea (I got some maculatas a couple days before)
 

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Problem solve, now lets go to all about fish.
that's not a bad idea...I wonder if we could plan a meeting there, if Kirt would be open to it, or if not, somewhere around there (it's right by the beach) and just swing by there. It's been a while since we've had a meeting...
 

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I was there today and bought an 9L of Amazonia and some livestock. You can't beat his rare fish selection in the LA/OC area.

And he is a good guy, too!
 

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how were the prices on the Amazonia? I'm so tempted to go buy some, but I'd have to replace substrate, and you know how fun that can be... Did you happen to know if he had any sparkling gouramis in stock? My one is so extremely small in my 29!
 

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I just have a few questions for those who have already gone out there. What does their plant selection look like? What about the ADA blackwood you guys seem to be going nuts over =p
 

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The wood's pretty expensive ... but it's nice. If your tank is on the smaller side, you should be able to find something.

What plants were you looking for?
 

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how were the prices on the Amazonia? I'm so tempted to go buy some, but I'd have to replace substrate, and you know how fun that can be... Did you happen to know if he had any sparkling gouramis in stock? My one is so extremely small in my 29!
Hey Cassie,

Yes, he has quite a few Sparkling Gouramis in right now, and they looked nice. I really like those little guys! I almost went with them, decided on another fish.

The 9L bag of ADA substrate is $34.99.
 

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hum...maybe I'll make a trip out there today! Were they the little sparklers (under 1 inch) or the larger croaking gourami? When I called asking if they have sparkling gouramis, they said they had a few, but they were actually the croaking...
 

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Just got back from the store. Stay clear of the Microrasbora "Galaxy" tank. Those fish are really neat. They look huge in all of the pictures I've seen, but they are tiny, like a maculata. Adult size is 1/2". My mind was starting to play tricks on me; $14 dollars each, get a few and breed them, so it's more of an investment, etc.

If you get anything, there are some ADA catalogues available for free. Good selection of black wood, and I actually liked how they priced them compared to aquaforest (by the lb. I think).

Asked Kirt about holding a meeting at the store. He said he was open to the idea and actually has shelves he can break down to create more room in the store. So maybe we can keep his store in mind for the next meeting. I wouldn't mind doing a presentation that could benefit his customers.
 

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Just got back from the store. Stay clear of the Microrasbora "Galaxy" tank. Those fish are really neat. They look huge in all of the pictures I've seen, but they are tiny, like a maculata. Adult size is 1/2". My mind was starting to play tricks on me; $14 dollars each, get a few and breed them, so it's more of an investment, etc.

If you get anything, there are some ADA catalogues available for free. Good selection of black wood, and I actually liked how they priced them compared to aquaforest (by the lb. I think).

Asked Kirt about holding a meeting at the store. He said he was open to the idea and actually has shelves he can break down to create more room in the store. So maybe we can keep his store in mind for the next meeting. I wouldn't mind doing a presentation that could benefit his customers.
That sounds good. I wouldn't mind grabbing a few pieces of wood for my 10 gallon there either. =)

$14 each, huh? Hm, I was seeing them somewhere online (Frank's?) for $80 shipped for 8.
 

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Glad to see the "much ado about nothing" is settled and an apology was given. I really hate seeing things like that happen when nothing wrong was done to begin with, regardless of how protective one is about something. First get the facts and then worry about attacks.

As for Kirt and his store All About Fish...support, support, support. I've been keeping fish for 25+ years, worked in fish stores, visited more stores than I care to remember and can say this is one of the very best. You are not going to find a better place for those hard to find fish and you've got an owner who is willing to try and find you those hard to find items. Heck he's even now got the so coveted ADA substrates and wood that everyone seems to clammer about. But hey, I even had to buy a couple pieces of the black wood for one of my tanks. Cool stuff. I don't normally go out of my way to plug things, but in this case I'll plug Kirt's store as much as I can. He's a really great guy, runs a great store and is looking for ways to always improve. If you want to have a local store like this, then there's one thing to do...support it/him with your business.

As for the Galaxy rasboras, I need to disagree a little with IUnknown. I have 15 of them and they are in with some briggittae and other tiny rasboras. They make brigs and others look small. They are also much more active and faster/aggressive. No problems picking on other fish, just far more hyper. They eat very well and will pick of baby shrimp with gusto...cleared out my baby cherry shrimp in two nights = 60+ babies. I also do not reccomend them for tiny tanks. They're too active to cram into a small area, maculatas and calmer smaller rasboras would better in my opinion. But hey, how can you beat a little fish that looks like a brook trout? Love these little fish!
 

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Hey David ... I agree completely. Kirk presents an option for stuff that we'd all have to resort to express mail for otherwise.

Cassie--I'd defer to what Kirk has them classified as. I've never been adept at telling the difference between those two.
 
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