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Old 12-03-2013, 08:10 PM   #21
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I'm in Rockford. The LFS is a Petland, but the head fish guy Rob is the coral farmer for much of the coral frags and some of the fish. He is a very good source of info, he has told me no to a few purchases, as he was the person that sold me my tank so he knows my specs and such things as tank maturity and some of the stock.
The local Petco has a very limited SW stock. I have no personal knowledge of this store.
There is a feed store (lol, yes animal feed) called Wayne's Feed that actually has a lot of fish as well as some coral and inverts. However the tanks there are pretty unkempt, a lot of aptasia, hair algae and cyano.
Finally a small store called Saltwater Specialties. This owner, Brent, seems to be a hobbyist trying to support his hobby. He has a ton of $10-$20 frags and some very fair prices on colonies. He is also very knowledgeable and a genuinely nice guy.
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Old 01-07-2014, 01:59 AM   #22
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i'm from montgomery...near oswego...the lfs we use now is reef wise in lisle...also been to reef plus in north aurora...new to the saltwater thing so still feeling my way around...
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Old 01-07-2014, 01:37 PM   #23
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Anyone know of a good place for freshwater plants near Joliet 60436. Or anyone in that area willing to barter for some I their plant
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Old 01-30-2014, 12:23 AM   #24
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I just moved to Geneva and Started a 36 gallon tank. The lfs I have been visiting is Out of the Blue aquatics. Seems like a great owner, but not sure that he is as knowledgeable as I would like.
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Old 01-30-2014, 01:14 AM   #25
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Old 01-30-2014, 09:00 PM   #26
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How far is Geneva from Crystal Lake? There is a lfs in Crystal ake called Birds & Beasts. They have fresh water, salt water and they raise all types of birds. The people that work there are very knowledgeable. I leared a lot from them.
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Old 01-31-2014, 10:27 AM   #27
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Geneva is probably 50 mins to an hour away. But finding a good lfs is worth the travel!
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Sea Escapes in South Elgin is 20 mins from you and is a really nice store if you haven't been there.
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Old 11-03-2014, 09:57 PM   #30
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Who knows of some good pet shops around. my favs are shotank in mundelein, and something fishy in fox lake( my local)
What does shotank carry? Its 5 minutes from my school, and I can kill some rime while waiting for sibling

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