Welcome to all of the new members..
Since we are all in somewhat close proximity to one another, I thought I would like to start a thread listing the LFS
's in the area that offer what you would think are the best deals locally.
Note: No online references please.
The best places I have found are:
Atlantis Aquariums formerly Bio-Reef on Atlantic Blvd and Hodges in J'ville...
Lets face it. All you would want from a LFS
When you walk in, you know you are in the right place if you find yourself gazing into a 750 Gal
show tank that sits right inside the door. Then if that isn't enough, to the right, there is a 900 gal
lagoon pond housing some impressive Sharks, Rays and Grouper... It's like visiting the islands.
They have a wide selection of Saltwater and Freshwater Fish and a large selection of Corals. They also have LR
(cured and un-cured) and LS
out of tanks. The LR
is fairly priced, and you can hand pick it; usually Fiji and Tonga Branch.
They have a good selection of tanks and accessories. Light bulbs are in abundance and are URI, Ushio, Hagen and Coralife. I also noticed that they have a wide array of additives, supplements, and you can get your RO
water as well as mixed Saltwater...The customer service far superior and in no comparison to any LFS
in J'ville and very knowledgeable.
Aqua Zoo has 2 locations in J'ville one in Mandarin on San Jose and one on Beach Blvd just before the Intracoastal.
They also have a good selection of Saltwater and Freshwater Fish and a small selection of corals.. They tend to be a little higher priced. The LR
is Florida and Gulf Aquacultured and sometimes Fiji. The prices are a little steep also, but you can pick what you want. The Large selection of tanks and accessories makes for a good place to get ideas and compare. They also sell just about every kind of light bulb for aquaria.
The customer service is a hit and miss and in my case has been more of a miss. The knowledge is there, except when they are open.
Go there with knowledge and research.
Aquatecture Aquatics, Inc. is located on SW Archer Rd. in Gainesville.
My trip down there was not a spectacular experience however, they are going through a remodel, and the stock is at bare minimum right now. According to the Gen. Mgr., they will be back in full swing by July. They offer a what I saw to be a good selection of Saltwater Fish and a small amount of Freshwater Fish, mainly African and species of Cichlids. I noticed that they had a somewhat diverse selection of Corals and very good deals on them. One of the things I found that was interesting, is they also sell Reptiles. They have the bare minimums for maintenance accessories and dry goods, but I expect that to increase once the remodel is complete. I am very happy with the atmosphere and to me, that is very important. They will be getting return business from me.
Sorry to make this actually a review, but I thought it would be helpful.