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Hey guys, just wondering where you all go to buy fish/plants/supplies in CT. I'm in Fairfield County and the only decent mom/pop shops seem to be Fish Bowl in Stamford and Purrr-Fect Pets in Milford. I even drove all the way to who-knows-where, CT to some place called Magic Pet Shop or something like that which was pretty good, but too far for me.
 

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hi Franzi,

Try House of Fins (Greenwich) and Greenwich Aquaria (Riverside), they are both great stores and they often have good plant selections. House of Fins carries most ADA product lines.

-Riverboa
 

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The Puppy Center in West Hartford is hugely better than Magic, if you come all the way up here again. Fantastic fish selection! The best around.
 

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Might want to check out http://ctfishstores.com/site/ct-fish-store-map.html It has a pretty thorough listing of stores. Most of the members are saltwater guys/gals and the LFS often update stock lists on corals etc. But, they do have some discounts and specials at a lot of the shops worth taking a look at.

Puppy Center is my primary shop for fish. Aquatic Wildlife in Manchester has a nice plant selection if you come near when the shipment arrives (just call and find out), although prices can be a bit high. Every once in a while exotic superpet in E. Hartford has some hidden gems from a fish perspective; as does Emmons in Simsbury.
 

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I agree with vancat, puppy center is probably the best shop in CT for fish and plants. Another one is aquatic wildlife exit 63 on 84 east highway.

By the way, I'm not sure if I've asked you yet but there is a plant club in CT, if you'd like to come the next meeting is saturday 2nd jan from 5-7 pm in Hamden CT. If you are interested, send me a PM and I'll give you details about it.
 

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I hit up Riverboa's suggestions over the weekend (before the snow came). Greenwich Aquaria is great and I'm gonna go back on Wednesday to buy some fish. Their prices are very reasonable and I like their selection...just wish they had more freshwater stuff. That place has an amazing saltwater selection.

I won't be going back to House of Fins ever again though. Those prices are ridiculous!!! $7 for a cardinal tetra??? $23 for a bottle of Excel??? No wonder the store was empty with 4 employees standing around the cash register.
 

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I hit up Riverboa's suggestions over the weekend (before the snow came). Greenwich Aquaria is great and I'm gonna go back on Wednesday to buy some fish. Their prices are very reasonable and I like their selection...just wish they had more freshwater stuff. That place has an amazing saltwater selection.

I won't be going back to House of Fins ever again though. Those prices are ridiculous!!! $7 for a cardinal tetra??? $23 for a bottle of Excel??? No wonder the store was empty with 4 employees standing around the cash register.
Greenwich Aquaria is one of my target LFS too! Do they have selections of freshwater plants as well?

Yeah, I've been to House of Fins couple of times already and they're prices are overkill... I guess people in Greenwich don't mind it because they have plenty of $$$ to spend... :D
 

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Yeah Greenwich Aquaria has a decent selection of freshwater plants. I didn't look too much at what they offered since I'm all set with plants, but they definitely had some nice looking stuff. Also, the signs said 15% of all fish purchases on Sunday...guessing they get new inventory on Monday.

House of Fins had some nice looking plants (lots of pearling), but after seeing the price of the fish, I didn't bother looking at plant prices.
 

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Thanks for the info, I'll prbably visit Greenwich Aquaria this week if we closed early at work, hehe... Just curious of their plant stocks, maybe I can find something for my 120gal on the works... Thanks for the info!
 

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Check out aquariumplants.com if you're looking to stock 120g. Their prices are probably better than any actual shop...even when you factor in 2day shipping. I bought from them for the first time and gotta admit, the plants are nice and are growing well (red/green melon swords are pretty). I just wish they had better pictures on the website and it would be nice if they labeled which plant was which when they ship the stuff.
 

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Hmmm, never tried ordering plants from them yet... Most of my purchases there are equipments and ferts... Will consider them too... :)
 

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What ferts of theirs do you use? I got the "total" pellets and the liquid fertilizer. I notice the pellet ferts make the swords very happy, but not sure about the liquid stuff...or if I even need it. What really sucks about the liquid is that there's no description on the website (or bottle) about what's actually in there, nor are there dosing directions. When asking the guy on the phone, he vaguely said "one or two drops per 10 gallons, once or twice a week should do...depending on the amount of plants". When asked what a "drop" means, he said about a mL.

I'll use what I got, but due to lack of specifics/ingredients, I won't buy more of the liquid stuff.
 

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I also bought their total pellets (along with 2 buckets of their substrate) and Seachem Flourish and Excel for liquid ferts... Total pellets seems working well with my emersed plants without dosing anymore trace in the water...

Maybe their trace liquid has almost the same ingredients as with their pellets version (just a thought)... Though it sucks if nothing written there about dosing instructions...
 

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Greenwich Aquaria definitely have better prices on fish (plus as you said 15% off on Sundays) - in terms of plant prices though, both places are comparable. In my opinion, HoF has an edge over Greenwich Aquaria in terms of plant selection and plant health - did you see their plant stock tank (the one at the bottom)?
 

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Went on an LFS trip to Fish Bowl in Stamford yesterday and they only have a handful of plant selection in their 50gal (I think) tank... Not a good source for plants IMO... Though they have a few interesting fish selections like rose line sharks ($28 a piece :rolleyes:), Congo Tetras and Discus...
 

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I will admit HoF prices on there fish are up up and away but still is a great store to see. I hope to go there this weekend to see there ADA tanks and hit Greenwich aquaria for some fish.
 

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Since I'm on vacation this week and if weather permits, I'm planning to go for another LFS trip drive... Destination: Puppy Center in West Hartford... :)
 
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