Originally Posted by Thoth
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.
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.