I too am from Washington pa. been fish keeping for prob 4-5 years, sw
about 2-3. in regards to these 3 stores mentioned, ive been to oddballs prob 3 times, each time the gentleman working there (I assume the owner) was VERY polite and intelligent. the store has a HUGE variety of fw
fish, but I don't remember seeing any marine fish. also the basement "dungeon" setting can catch you off guard. as for Wet Pets, this store used to be my go to store, decent fw
selection, nice corals, great selection of equipment and supplies (I also worked there for some time) staff is also very knowledgeable. however it always seemed to be overly busy, a lot of times it took awhile to get help. but that's really the only drawbacks to the store. and lastly, Elmers, this is now my go to store for my fish and food selection. falls right in between oddballs and wet pets in terms of tidiness and presentation. the knowledge of the staff seems to be hit and miss. but what I personally love is that when I walk in the door im instantly greated by a happy and smiling employee...it really feels like they are happy to see me.
oh as for Aquaworld and Saltwater Sanctuary.
Aquaworld- ill more than likely never go there again, worst fish store ive ever been in, absolutely filthy tanks, dirty used equipment for sale, half broken old tanks for sale. place is jam packed of stuff that's prob not really worth selling. HOWEVER, I just discussed aquaworld with a few of the local hobbyists and they have said that the owner is doing a TON of cleaning up and remodeling to bring the store up to par. so maybe I will make a trip back to see the change.
saltwater sanctuary-first found this store via craigslist, wasn't all that impressed, prob 20 tanks- all dedicated to sw
- 2 shallow coral bays, huge show tank not completed yet. the entire store is prob the size of just the sw
section of elmers. so its tiny. BUT I also just spent an hour talking with the owner and he remembers me,my tank, and is willing to help at any chance possible. so I am developing a new friendship there.
last note- im looking for zoa frags in or around Washington, if you have any, PLEASE inbox me