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Old 06-04-2013, 12:00 AM   #61
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Flvol77... where in SFL approx? Me too. I feel like SFL is TEAMING w/ aquarium stores!! I have the most fantastic one so close to my house, I am blessed. I also have a WONDERFUL
Petco lady whose extremely knowledgeable AND a Pet Supermarket guy who definitely knows his stuff. The mom & pop place is out of this world. I had to replace a pump on my SW, they even put it together w/ the perfect tubing cut to length, no charge--that kinda thing, they just want you to have a great experience.

As for backgrounds... I swear by spraying w/ cooking spray & smoothing it w/ a credit card or something. It's so worth the effort!
I am in West Palm Beach area (actually north palm beach) Petsmart is on Northlake and Petco is in Wellington. Though I got three sick Boesemani Rainbows there and one died

A buddy told me about allpets emporium....they are the ones that fish tank kings built a HUGE tank in the middle of their store and they put a black tip shark in. I am not sure but I think they built a tank for more than one of their stores.
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There's a "Tanked" tank (from the show) in SFL at Dunkin Donuts. I think I need to make a pilgrimage this summer!! Ha ha... I gotta tell ya, I have no IRL fish friends besides the LFS people I've bonded with. This forum is it!! This chat tonight was great. I look forward to seeing more from y'all. I'll post pics of the Tanked tank when I make it there
Its 10 minutes from my house, its west of 95 off the blue heron exit. I posted some pics of the tank in a thread on here. The design is amazing, but it stops at that, I don't like the way their fake corals look at all. The sprinkles look bad IMO.

If I can find the link I will post it. Otherwise I still have the photos in my photobucket and will post them again.
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Yup! With stock & all. Protein skimmer, power heads, sump, stand, live rock & sand--a 3 stripe damsel, scarlet skunk cleaner shrimp, sea cucumber, several hermit crabs & snails! All's I had to do was buy some bins for water & live rock, they gave me their water jugs... probably moved 80%+ of the water. The pump quit when I set it back up, all's I had to buy was a pump. I paid the people $100 for the WHOLE set up. Couldn't get thriftier than that!!!

I think the pump just got jarred too much in the move & was probably about to go anyway. I got shocked just touching the sump when I didn't hear the pump run. ACK!! Lesson learned there!
Wow! Only $100!!! That is a crazy cheap price! Even the sump itself is more expensive than $100. Lol. You even got the livestock and everything........
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Its 10 minutes from my house, its west of 95 off the blue heron exit. I posted some pics of the tank in a thread on here. The design is amazing, but it stops at that, I don't like the way their fake corals look at all. The sprinkles look bad IMO.

If I can find the link I will post it. Otherwise I still have the photos in my photobucket and will post them again.
Try Aquatics n Exotic in Stuart, call first before you head up to make sure they've got what you need. They have Channel Cats, Panda Cories--All kinds of neat fish you don't see in big box stores. I've gotten fish from big box stores, I sometimes have 1 fish from the batch pass away in the first month but they replace it. I haven't had any outbreaks w/ the other fish/cross contamination. After I started my first tank, I started a QT tank so that could've prevented some probs, IDK. I don't have a salt QT tank so I plan to do freshwater dips to hopefully prevent probs. I also don't plan to go real expensive w/ anything at first & just have a FOWLR tank for now.

I've never heard of or seen Fish Tank Kings or All Pets Emporium--I'll check it out. I really love sharks. I looked up your pics of the DD tank & yeah, that's disappointing. I didn't see the episode so I had no clue. That is extremely disappointing. I've seen enough. There's a store in Lake Worth that I haven't been to yet that I think is probably pretty awesome from what I've heard but I need to be the judge, I plan to check it out this summer.
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Try Aquatics n Exotic in Stuart, call first before you head up to make sure they've got what you need. They have Channel Cats, Panda Cories--All kinds of neat fish you don't see in big box stores. I've gotten fish from big box stores, I sometimes have 1 fish from the batch pass away in the first month but they replace it. I haven't had any outbreaks w/ the other fish/cross contamination. After I started my first tank, I started a QT tank so that could've prevented some probs, IDK. I don't have a salt QT tank so I plan to do freshwater dips to hopefully prevent probs. I also don't plan to go real expensive w/ anything at first & just have a FOWLR tank for now.

I've never heard of or seen Fish Tank Kings or All Pets Emporium--I'll check it out. I really love sharks. I looked up your pics of the DD tank & yeah, that's disappointing. I didn't see the episode so I had no clue. That is extremely disappointing. I've seen enough. There's a store in Lake Worth that I haven't been to yet that I think is probably pretty awesome from what I've heard but I need to be the judge, I plan to check it out this summer.
Florida must have A LOT of fish stores. It seems there are like at least 10-15 within a few miles of your area. Lol. I wish I could go there.
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Florida must have A LOT of fish stores. It seems there are like at least 10-15 within a few miles of your area. Lol. I wish I could go there.
Tons, and the big box stores HAVE to keep up so their inventory is usually very good.

We have a Petco in Wellington, Fl about 20 mins from my house that has a huge salt water section and they special order all kinds of exotic fish.
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Tons, and the big box stores HAVE to keep up so their inventory is usually very good.

We have a Petco in Wellington, Fl about 20 mins from my house that has a huge salt water section and they special order all kinds of exotic fish.
Sounds like an aquarists dream!!!!
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Sounds like an aquarists dream!!!!
I know right!
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Quick question! How did you put your background on your tank???
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Quick question! How did you put your background on your tank???
Make sure the back of your tank is VERY clean & I swear by spraying the bkgrnd w/ cooking spray & smoothing it w/ a credit card or something. It's so worth the effort! Getting the bubbles out takes quite a bit time. I even let it settle a bit, come back days later & keep smoothing. B/c sometimes there's a lil kink or wrinkle here & there from handling the background sheet. Good luck!
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