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Old 10-08-2012, 06:11 PM   #1
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anyone from Pittsburgh or Western Pa

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Old 10-08-2012, 06:32 PM   #2
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Im about Hour and ahalf east of pittsburg.
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Old 10-26-2012, 05:24 PM   #3
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I'm about an hour south of Pittsburgh.
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Old 10-26-2012, 06:10 PM   #4
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About 5 minutes out of the city here!
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Old 10-31-2012, 11:26 PM   #5
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Getting closer with every post. I'm actually inside the city limits...

So what LFS does everyone here like? I think I've been to most of them...

Elmer's: Average selection and inventory, (slightly) more convenient location if you're actually in the city... All the basics as far as stock is concerned, but nothing fancy. And the freshwater plant tank is just sad. Also every time I've ever been there I've been given bad info about something by the staff. They're super-nice, but surprisingly not well-informed about their products.

Oddball: Scary, dirty and cramped... Feels like a serial killer's basement. And the fish don't look too healthy, either. On the other hand, easily the best and most eclectic stock in town (at least for freshwater). The only place I've seen crystal red shrimp, killifish or even kribensis. Plus he's got more plants than the others combined. Guy seems to know his stuff, too. Never bought anything here, though, so I can't vouch for quality...

Wet Pets: Probably the nicest of the bunch, but I've only been there once. Seemed more saltwater-focused, which is great if that's your thing. Freshwater stock was like 80% Cichlids, 20% every other kind of fish. Again, great if cichlids are your thing. The tetras and guppies I bought there, however, have been nothing but happy and healthy, so that's a plus...

Am I missing anyone? Anybody have different experiences with these places? I'm especially curious about Oddball... If I felt better about the quality of their fish (and also my chances of not being ritualistically murdered), I'd definitely be more inclined to shop there.
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Old 11-01-2012, 11:09 AM   #6
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I share the same feelings towards Elmers and Oddball. Haven't been to Oddball in years though. One pretty decent place is Seahorse on Route 8 in Gibsonia. They got a huge selection of freshwater fish and what seems like a decent selection of saltwater fish and some corals. I'm not a saltie though so I could be way wrong. I bought most of my cories and tetras there over the years. They will special order anything they have on their list so that is a plus.
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Old 11-01-2012, 10:52 PM   #7
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Wet Pet! Such a knowledgable group. They've never steered me wrong.
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Old 11-01-2012, 10:54 PM   #8
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Aquaworld is where I go mostly. Wet pets is way overpriced but I have yet to check out elmers.
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Old 11-01-2012, 10:55 PM   #9
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Any of you guys have a reef by chance? Lol
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Old 12-20-2012, 05:38 PM   #10
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I grew up in Weirton, WV. 45 min west. Now in Boston
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