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Just to let you guys know, I added every store from this list that had an address posted, to my mailing list and sent a mailer. Neptunes Reef and a couple others responded. Neptunes sounds very promising. If someone wants to put up Strictly Fish's mailing address, and any other store, I will add them to my list as well.
 

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Robert,
A while back Carl compiled a list on our Frappr page. If you go here and choose to view all pins, the places listed are different local fish stores.

Otherwise, Strictly Fish is:
(562) 421-9106
6903 Carson St
Lakewood, CA 90713
 

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For the San Diego people I have to do a quick shout out for Octopus Garden on Convoy. They are mainly saltwater but recently they have been getting in a lot more fish/plants for the freshwater folks. Ron, the owner, is an awesome down to earth guy and will work with anyone. You request anything (as long as its not illegal) and he will get it for you. He has the best prices that I have seen in the area and is really doing business because its a passion. Check him out and you'll be happily surprised I think.
 

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New Store

Hello Everybody, We have a new Aquatic Store Formerly "Rare Fish and Reptiles Specialist" but it will be "FISH ETC.." Soon, We carry JBJ Products, We have 3 gal. 12 Galo. 24 Gallon. Nano Tank. We also got Light Fixtures and JBJ Regultors. Flora Base substrate for $20 each bag, 2 bags remaining. We can also carry Flourite Substrate by Request. Right now we are still thinking of selling some plants. You'll be notified guys. Most of the lives stock are SW as of now.

We also having a 10% Discount for those who have some flyers, so ask for me "Cooper" when you got there.

I'll give the Store address tom. This Store is Around West Covina, Walnut and La puente
 

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Pets Etc (Formerly Rare Fish and Reptiles Specialist)
19062 La Puente Rd.
West Covina, CA 91792
Tel- 626-810-6768
Email: [email protected]

Come and visit us, especially if you own Salt water tank, we have a lots of Rare stuff. Look for me to have a 10% discount on all the items.

We have
JBJ Regultor
JBJ Fixture
Red Sea Florabase $20.99 each
CF Bulbs
and a lot of stuff
 

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Anyone know of a PetSmart somewhere (I know, I know) that has a decent selection of Eheim and Magnum filters? I travelled 30, 40 minutes today to the closest PetSmart here. No Eheim filters at all, and the only Magnum 250 they had was busted. The box was open, and the intake tube was broken. BAH!
 

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Plug for Neptune's Reef

Even though I live in San Diego and am familiar with the LFS's around here, I actually buy stuff only at Neptune's Reef in Torrance when I am in the LA area. The owner is knowledgeable and says the right things: for example, "don't buy any fish until you get your water under control". That is integrity. The other stores are gulags for fish.
 

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We Have Plants!!!!

Great News for SCAPE and Aquatic Gardeners around the Area (West Covina), New Shipment of Plants has just arrived:

Ludwigia Inclinata $4
Ludwigia Arcuata $4
Limpnophilia Aromatica $4
Pogostemon Stellata $4
Lobelia Cardinals $4
Dwarf Hairgrass $5.45
Reinecki rosefilia $4
Sagitaria Pussilus $4
Ammana Gracilis $4
HM $4
M. Umbrosum $4
Lilaeopsis Novaezealandiae $4

and ofcourse the Bread and Butter:
Anubias species $5-6
Java Fern species $5
Amazon Sword $4
Jungle Val $4

We are the only Fish Store around the area who sell large selection of plants and ofcourse lower price

JBJ Regultor is $120, Glass Diffuser is $18, 3 way manifold pls PM me for price

FISH ETC..
19062 La Puente Rd.
West Covina, CA 91792
6268106768
 

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Cooper,
What days do you normally work there? Might want to turn on the lights for the plants. :wink: There wasn't any light for the last time I visited there about 2 weeks ago.
 

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Monday to Friday, but this coming 2 weeks , i'll be working on Monday to saturday except Thursday, were closed every tuesday. We dont have plants that time thats why no lights, lol let me know when you are coming.
 

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Dude...I was at Hacienda Aquatics yesterday per ShortFin's suggestion. Had I read this post earlier, I would have stopped by Cooper's store as well - it doesn't appear to be that much further (sheer 626 baby!!!). Maybe this weekend I'll swing by to pick up some hairgrass and microswords.

DJ
 

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sure thing, let me know, how many Hairgrass you need cause honestly its the top seller right now, for micro sword we dont have it on stock, but i can do a special order if you are looking for large quantity. Let me know that your from APC/SCAPE, see you there :mrgreen:
 

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Guys, can we take the extras out of the LFS sticky thread? It's getting a bit crowded in here.

EDIT: Mt deleting finger has had a workout today;)
-Tony
 

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where i go

Neptunes Reef --> Great fish selection has cardinals, SAEs, rummy nose, male endlers; decent plant selection they had a couple of pots of glosso and dwarf hairgrass the last time. VERY KNOWLEDGABLE STAFF. Supplies/equipment overpriced, well aren't all LFSs
(310) 534-2323
www.neptunesreef.com/
2851 Pacific Coast Highway
Torrance, CA 90505

Tong's Tropical Fish --> great fish selection, okay prices. plants not good as Neptunes. so-so staff.
(562) 945-4498
15250 Whittier Blvd
Whittier, CA 90603

ditto 247plants on his review of Strictly Fish
I love neptune's reef!
About the endler: I purchased my first "endler" there. I was really happy till and I got home and found out it wasn't an endler.
They have a new shipment of fish that look like endlers, but they are not. They seem to be hybrids.
EDIT: sorry for the extra posting. didn't mean to crowd out the thread even more.
 

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I recently visited a bunch, but the stores that i liked the best are:

1) New Wave Tropical Fish - Very nice freshwater fish selection. i saw completely rimless tanks here. friendly folks and i did not see any dead/diseased fish.

1960 N Tustin St
Orange, CA 92865
(714) 998-8209

Hours:
Tue-Fri. 11:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m.
Sat-Sun. 11:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.

2) Canyon Tropical Fish - friendly folks, great fish and betta selection, and carries almost rimless tanks.

8285 E Santa Ana Canyon Rd Ste 130
Anaheim, CA 92808
(714) 637-6102
 

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I've gone to maybe 50 store in SoCal area ,ill do a list one day .

but the most complete , closes(to me) , clean store would be

Jim's exotic Fish on Sepulveda
 

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The three times I've been to South Bay Tropical in Chula Vista they really didn't have that much selection for plants, it seems geared more towards saltwater. They also have reptile and bird stuff. Aquatic Warehouse and Fountain's Aquarium seem pretty decent but are too far of a drive for me. I wish there was a decent place in South San Diego so I wouldn't have to drive all the way to Pet Kingdom!
 

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To update since the last post for San Diego residents and visitors: I have noticed lately that Aquatic Warehouse has increased their prices on a lot of fish and accessories. It may be because of the economy, but they priced an albino cory at $15 when you normally see them from $3-$5. I got mine for $2.00 through the forums. Anyway, Pet Kingdom seems to keep their prices lower than a bunch of stores in the area and I've had no problems with them. They also re-did their fish room. Looks a lot neater and roomier. As far as the LFS in Clairmont, Octopuss Garden and I forget the name of the other one (something with Goldfish in it);their selection was minimal and I saw some "painted fish" that made me not want to go into that store. Just my preference. As I am glad that there are LFS' in the area, it's disappointing that I have to buy them online instead of driving to the store and getting them right away.
 
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