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Old 01-22-2006, 02:25 PM   #1
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Good Fish stores in Chicagoland?

I live just south of Chicago, and theres a few FS around here, but i was just wondering if anyone had particularly good experience with any within an hour or two of Chicago?
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Old 01-23-2006, 02:11 PM   #2
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I live in Schaumburg (North West Suburbs)... there are a few out around me...

living sea aquairum in park ridge is pretty good.
http://www.livingseaaquarium.com/

i have heard old town aqaurium (in chicago) is good, but i cant back that up.
http://www.oldtownaquarium.com/

i stop in at Advanced Aquatics somtimes, but i havent bought anything from them.
https://ssl.adgrafix.com/users/coral.../web_store.cgi

another one in my area is Beyond The Reef.
http://www.beyondthereef.org/home.html

One that might be a bit far from you is Exotic Aquatics, in Algonquin.
http://www.exoticaquaticsinc.com/sho...?catalog.htm&1

like most LFS, they have high prices.

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Old 01-23-2006, 04:51 PM   #3
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old town is real high priced if am am going to get something alive i get it from livingseas the place is huge good place just to go looking around also tropicana is a good place small but good prices and if u catch the owner they he will give even better prices if u talk to hi for a while he is a real nice guy he sold me these two jumbo fire shrimp for $60 because i said i never heard of jumbo fire shrimp he was telling me he only gets he them once a year because this boat only goes to this place in the middle of no where once a year they where about 2 inches when i got them they are about 4 inches now and growing i love them i never seen them so big well sorry for rambilling
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i just got a 40g with like 6 inches of live sand and it is loaded with corals and inverts it was given to me by a friend she had it for 3 years there is a brain coral wellsophyllia and a platygyra brain worm coral green striped mushrooms and red mushrooms yellow colony polyp and button polyp and some type of hard coral not sure what it is also alot of kenya tree oh ya and 2 giant star fish
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Old 01-23-2006, 08:36 PM   #4
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where did you guys get your LR?
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Old 01-23-2006, 10:00 PM   #5
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i got my lr from living seas and was very happy with it
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my tank for now is a 60g with a little live sand and then just play sand I got 80 pounds of live rock now I have a wet dry with no bio balls and a protein skimmer and uv steralizer I have power compacts 260 watts I have 1 damsels 1yellow tang 1 flame angel one yellow strip maroon clownfishand and a feather duster and a bulb anemones that the clown lives in and colony polops and some kenya tree corals and 2 fire shrimp snails and hermit crabs and some other crabs

i just got a 40g with like 6 inches of live sand and it is loaded with corals and inverts it was given to me by a friend she had it for 3 years there is a brain coral wellsophyllia and a platygyra brain worm coral green striped mushrooms and red mushrooms yellow colony polyp and button polyp and some type of hard coral not sure what it is also alot of kenya tree oh ya and 2 giant star fish
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Old 01-23-2006, 10:09 PM   #6
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Yea, i plan to take a trip there on Saturday - Im really excited, it looks like a very high quality store...


just curious, where did you guys get your tanks? were they reef ready?
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Old 01-23-2006, 11:15 PM   #7
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i got my tank from living seas but i got ripped payed way to much for it but i was a noob wont make that mistake again but eventhow i said oldtown is very expensive they have great sales on there tanks and sell used tanks as well i wold join there news letter if you are looking for a tank they have some great deals now and then
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my tank for now is a 60g with a little live sand and then just play sand I got 80 pounds of live rock now I have a wet dry with no bio balls and a protein skimmer and uv steralizer I have power compacts 260 watts I have 1 damsels 1yellow tang 1 flame angel one yellow strip maroon clownfishand and a feather duster and a bulb anemones that the clown lives in and colony polops and some kenya tree corals and 2 fire shrimp snails and hermit crabs and some other crabs

i just got a 40g with like 6 inches of live sand and it is loaded with corals and inverts it was given to me by a friend she had it for 3 years there is a brain coral wellsophyllia and a platygyra brain worm coral green striped mushrooms and red mushrooms yellow colony polyp and button polyp and some type of hard coral not sure what it is also alot of kenya tree oh ya and 2 giant star fish
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Old 01-23-2006, 11:24 PM   #8
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Thanks alot jester, I really and truly appreciate it
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Back in the the day with my old tank i would go to old town for the selection,they always have the hard to find stuff but not cheap.iIwent to living sea once,huge selection also.I live in Indiana, altough i haven't been there in awhile there is a Exotic Aquatics in down town Highland, In. (exit 3 south off 94,about a mile)not a huge store but by far the heathiest stock and great coral selection.
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I am out by Peru in the middle of nowhere. So I have Petco In Oswego and I have Franks Pet in Ottawa or Eddies in Lasalle.
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