Aquatecture of Gainesville
6623 SW Archer Rd
Well, I found a new LFS
in Gainesville today. I think this is the one Bette told me about a couple of months ago, but I never could find it untill today
Anyway, I spoke to one of the owners and he let me take a couple of pics for this review, but to be honest the ones I wanted to show you, really didn't come out. I would give the store a B+, it is large enough, but it's location makes it difficult to find. There sign is not large enough to be noticable from the highway. When I got there as their doors were opening, I noticed they did not stock alot of drygoods, but had alot of fish and inverts (when asked, the owner told me their delivery on drygoods is on Tuesday
). I noticed a shallow acrylic aquarium they were setting up (they do their own acrylic work), and an enclosed water garden. I was not that impressed, when I asked if they planned on expanding, the owner showed me the other rooms, that contained many more tanks, both fresh and salt. They obviously cater to more of a Saltwater crowd, than F/W, cause they had 2-3 times as many S/W tanks as F/W. The store was clean, the owner seemed knowlegable and helpful. He had a tank full of SPS
frags (from his personal tank) that he was selling for 14.99 each, I bought 2 and he gave me a deal
The frag tank is pretty uncommon in this area. The tanks needed cleaning, as there was some diatoms on the front, but I'll make allowances, cause I was there as soon as they were. This store is way
better (with better prices) that the other LFS
in G'ville that deals in S/W. I guess I'll have to post the address back, I was so excited about my frags, I forgot to get a card
OK, the first pic is the sign to look for as your traveling down Archer Rd, the store is in a selfstorage place, the frontage is warehouse/businesses, about 2-3 miles west of I75. The second pic is the stores sign, above the front door. The third pic is the frag tank.
Rather than post another reply, I am adding to the body of the review.
I went back to Aquatecture on Monday 10/28/02, I didn't call first, I just showed up with two leathers, that were unhappy in my tank. I did not purchase these corals from them, but the owner seemed more than pleased to allow me to trade him for some frags. I wound up with 4 frags for the two corals, almost retail for retail. When I returned, all the tanks were clean, no algae on the glass, and it was much easier to find this time. Course being there before probably helped some
I would return to this store, I will return to this store, I am happy with it and the service received. I am ugrading their rating to an A. I will post a new reply to show you a couple of the frags I got....