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This is a discussion on Where to buy? within the Beginner Freshwater Aquarium forums, part of the Freshwater Fish and Aquariums category; --> Originally Posted by Thoth What fish are you looking for? 1- There is the Potomac Valley Aquarium Society, I would suggested going to one ...

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Old 01-15-2014, 07:32 AM   #11
 
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What fish are you looking for?

1- There is the Potomac Valley Aquarium Society, I would suggested going to one of their meetings or another groups meetings if there is one closer. The groups are usually Cichlid heavy.

2- Batfish Aquatics | Home Page, The owner of this site travels to different clubs in the mid Atlantic coast. Nice availabilty but I have not personally purchased fish from him. The fish he brought to a recent auction were of good quality. He is in the DC area so you may be able to pick the fish up.

3- The wet spot tropical fish store out of Portland OR. Excellent store/shipping.

4- Aquabid, read reviews of sellers and with any of the mail order fish, I would suggest waiting till it warms up and pay the extra money for over night shipping. I have purchased most of my fish from this site and it seems that people with great reviews will bend over backwards to make you happy.

5- That Fish place near Exton PA has shipped me a fish a couple times with mixed success. I put them on here because they shipped me some of the nicest looking catfish. Your so close that I would just drive to them if you can.


Thoth,
I went by Batfish Aquartics was ok with everything but really didn't like the way the tanks were kept. Especially the Pelco tanks, I am not a breeder so I do not know the requirements or how most breeders keep tanks but the Pelco tanks I was shown were filthy.

I had my eye on either a Lemon Drop or a Butterfly Pelco one of these two. When I was shown the Lemon Drop tank, there was a dead Pleco in the tank. I told the gentleman I am not interested in anything out of that tank! When I was shown the Butterfly Pelco tank the one that I saw dorso fin and tail looked to be nibbled. So I declined.

I was shown the Spotted Orange Seam Plecos (L-106), first thing I noticed was too many of them in the small tank (again Im not a breeder so I am looking thru the eyes of a hobbiest) and they looked dull (color wise). So I chose what I thought was the best one and smallest one. Even tho I didn't like the way the shop was kept, I am thinking of going back and getting another Spotted, depending on Frank (Yes, I named him/her? Frank )

I feel real bad for him/her being he/she came for a crowded tank to a 75 gallon wide and have the tank all to him/her self. Frank is skittish (hope this is temp) and I am keeping a close eye on my water and Frank to make sure all stays well. I introduced so zucchini which Frank has not touched yet but I am going to give it a couple days while I do a little more research on the Spotted Orange Seam. Thanks again for pointing me in the right direction.
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Old 01-15-2014, 07:26 PM   #12
 
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Nice looking fish..congrats!
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Old 01-15-2014, 09:30 PM   #13
 
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I know that Batfish breeds some fish but I have been under the impression most of his fish are imported. Fish can be severely damaged in shipping. I have received fish with significant fin damaged that survive a the fins grow back good as new in a couple months. This may be what you were seeing. Plus, If the tanks had algae, I dont think that is a big deal but a build up of fish waste would be bad. Not trying to sound like I am defending the shop, I have never seen the facility. I have only seen what has been brought to fish auctions, which I am sure is the prime picks of the inventory. I hope that the fish work out for you. . Check out planetcatfish for some info on the Lnumbered fish. Good reference site that see posting by well respected catfish people across the globe (at least on the Cory section that is, I dont keep or have the room for plecos) Ill keep it short, I burned my right hand cooking dinner
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Old 01-16-2014, 06:46 PM   #14
 
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Frank is AMAZING! Congrats on finding him
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I know that Batfish breeds some fish but I have been under the impression most of his fish are imported. Fish can be severely damaged in shipping. I have received fish with significant fin damaged that survive a the fins grow back good as new in a couple months. This may be what you were seeing. Plus, If the tanks had algae, I dont think that is a big deal but a build up of fish waste would be bad. Not trying to sound like I am defending the shop, I have never seen the facility. I have only seen what has been brought to fish auctions, which I am sure is the prime picks of the inventory. I hope that the fish work out for you. . Check out planetcatfish for some info on the Lnumbered fish. Good reference site that see posting by well respected catfish people across the globe (at least on the Cory section that is, I dont keep or have the room for plecos) Ill keep it short, I burned my right hand cooking dinner

Thanks again Thoth, sorry I'm answering late (Hope your right hand is better) I am thinking of getting Frank a playmate he seems only being in that big tank by him/herself. I will be populating my tank now since it has maintain stability and is ready for some fish.
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Frank is AMAZING! Congrats on finding him
Thanks Romad.
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Nice looking fish..congrats!
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