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Old 09-15-2012, 05:42 PM   #1
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Good fish store near Boston

I am near boston ma and am looking for a good freshwater fish store. The zebra danios i currently have in my tank are from a Petco and I wasn't very happy with the way that they were keeping their tanks. I am looking to get some cherry barbs, a dwarf gourami, and some ottos once my tank is cycled. Let me know if you have any suggestions!

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Old 09-22-2012, 01:48 PM   #2
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Hey, I just moved to Allston, and I was a bit surprised to find that there aren't many lfs around. I've only been to three so far, and the first two I wouldn't personally recommend. The first place I went was Petco, since it's a couple blocks from my apartment and I could walk there. Big mistake, I had a very unpleasant experience with the staff trying to tell me blatantly wrong information about filters and beneficial bacteria and I will never go back there. Second place I went to was Big Fish, Little Fish in Somerville. The guy at the counter was pleasant enough, but the shop was pretty dirty and they didn't have a large selection.

The last place I went, and will go to exclusively from now on, is Tropic Isle Aquarium Inc in Framingham. It's right down I-90 from Boston and has a HUGE selection to choose from. On top of that, the staff was very knowledgeable and very helpful. That being said, they definitely let me wander around taking in the livestock for a bit before they approached me, so don't be worried if they don't pounce on you the second you walk through the doors. They have a ton of common fish in there, but they also have some really cool ones that you aren't going to see at places like Petco. Just remember you can always come back after you research a fish if you find something you've never heard of and really want it

I may also have wandered around the store for 1+ hours before I was able to even think about asking for help getting fish

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Old 09-22-2012, 02:51 PM   #3
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Thanks! I'll definitely check that place out. I was looking at their website but I was worried they wouldn't have the common fish I'm looking for and that they would just have the rare ones. But it sounds like a great place maybe I'll even find a new species I want to keep there! thanks again!
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Old 11-18-2012, 01:38 AM   #4
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Hi, I'm from mass. Here are our region's top fish stores:

Uncle Ned's fish factory Millis MA
Unique Aquaria Woburn MA
The fish Nook Acton MA
Lovely Pets Quincy MA
Jay's Aquatics Salem NH
Doc's Petland North Reading MA
Pets Plus Tewksbury MA
Tropic Isle Framingham MA
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Old 02-26-2013, 10:57 PM   #5
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Tropical isle is my favorite also! Great store
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