Ok, I thought I'd bump this and hoping anyone else would share their Local Fish stores in their area and the experiences they may have had.
' we have visited and/or purchase stuff from are the following:
Petown located in El Toro in Orange County : their fish always healthy, never seen one dead in the tank EVER, different varieties of Corals, they also have a huge selection of Freshwater fish and plants, their dry goods are a bit on the high side but prices on fish are about average.
Fish 2000 located in Tustin in Orange County on Newport Ave. Reasonable prices on dry goods, the owner will usually try and give you a good deal, although if you try calling he doesn't answer the phone too often. His fish, well he has a combination of fresh and salt, problem is they are in very small aquariums and most the time they look sick. Their corals I have bought quite a few and have only had 2 that didn't survive.
Coral Island located in Orange/Anaheim in Orange County, bought some lighting from them very reasonable, fish didn't look too healthy
Strictly fish located in Garden Grove in Orange County, has a nice selection of both fish and corals, have bought both fresh and saltwater fish from them before.
Tong's in Fountain Valley we plan on going back to and buying some frags
, although his saltwater fish loooked like they had some problems his freshwater looked very healthy and quite a selection.
Below is a link to show some LFS
' in the So California area and No. California:
So. Cal http://fins.actwin.com/dir/stores.php?c=1&r=65
No. Cal http://fins.actwin.com/dir/stores.php?c=1&r=66
Also located at the bottom lists clubs you can join, I know there is a So Cal Marine Aquarium Society that if you join you can get a discount from certain LFS
' and also Hello Lights, at least that's what their webpage says, we have not joined them but do plan on it.