Northside Aquatics is the nicest- but they really Lena more towards saltwater. I will give them props for two gorgeous show tanks- a great looking salt tank, and a super-thick freshwater planted tank, as well as a pretty fair assortment of nice and healthy discus.
Have established somewhat of a relationship w/the PetCo in NLR, and have even spoken with the regional manager recently.
Last time I was there (a couple of weeks back), they had a bunch of empty tanks as they were rearranging quite a bit. Seems the fellow I talked too said that African Cichlids would be on the list when they get it all back up and running. He also seemed to imply that they could not only take special orders, but would listen to suggestions from customers. Still a lot better than PetsMart there in Conway! The only thing that impressed me about PetsMart there was their plant setup - it was actually well-kept and clean (and well-labeled). Most petco stores are pretty hit-or-miss with plants.
Good to know that there are other hobbyists in AR! There is a new store right across the street from park plaza mall. I think it's called the fish tank. Go check it out. It's SW only an has a big frag assortment and good prices.
Belleville here and nearest lfs is in russellville there is Davis's and there is petsmart...was not impressed with petsmart at all...and Davis's has only one tank of sw and the rest are fw and they deal other animals and supplies as well