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    LFS List

    Here is a list of LFS relocated from here. If you know of any others, or if a store has closed, PM Ed or myself to edit this post.

    All comments are provided unedited by members and do not reflect the views of SCAPE.

    Another resource thanks to Shane: http://zoyzoy.com/aquarium/aquariumstoresmap.asp


    San Diego County:

    Animal House
    2726 University Ave.
    San Diego, CA 92104
    (619) 295-883

    Aquarium Paradise
    3379 Adams Ave.
    San Diego, CA 92116
    (619) 528-1913

    Aquatic Warehouse
    http://www.aquaticwarehouse.com
    5466 Complex St, Ste 204
    San Diego, CA 92123

    Fiesta Pet
    1145 Highland Ave,
    National City, CA 91950
    (619) 477-5997

    Fish Haven
    http://www.fishhaven.net/
    2203 East Valley Parkway
    Escondido, CA 22027
    (760) 741-1525

    Fountains Aquarium
    http://www.fountainsaquarium.com
    7575 University Ave
    La Mesa, CA 91941

    Goldfish World
    3860 Convoy St Ste 113114
    San Diego, CA 92111
    Not much of a store but it's still an LFS. Small, with a decent selection of marine/reef animals. Freshwater fish selection/price is nothing to cheer about but they have many cichlids and goldfish. Koi selection/quality is great as I have read from others. Don't have experience with koi myself so I can't say much about it.

    Lemon Grove Pets
    7907 Broadway
    Lemon Grove, CA 91945
    (619) 460-1963

    Live Cargo Reptiles & Fish
    8874 La Mesa Blvd.
    La Mesa, CA 91941

    Mike's Aquarium & Pet Centers
    651 Sweetwater Rd.
    Spring Valley Shopping Ctr., Spring Valley

    Octopuss Garden
    858-576-7449
    4865 Convoy St
    San Diego, CA 92111

    Pet Kingdom
    3191 Sports Arena Blvd
    San Diego, CA

    Pet Plaza
    911 E. Plaza Blvd
    National City, CA 91950

    Priced Rite Pets
    775 Palm Ave
    Imperial Beach, CA 91932

    South Bay Tropical
    1172 3rd Avenue Suite D6&7
    Chula Vista, CA 91911, CA 91932

    Tri-City Tropical Fish
    http://www.tricitytropicals.com/
    1920 Hacienda Dr..
    Vista, CA 92081
    (760) 631-1532

    Tropical Fish Encounters
    http://www.atropicalfishencounters.com/
    12233 Woodside Ave.
    Lakeside, CA 92040
    (619) 443-7927

    Tropical Fish World
    12075 Carmel Mountain Road
    Rancho Bernardo, CA 92129
    (619) 675-0220

    Vets-Pets
    522 E Chase
    El Cajon, CA 92020
    (619) 593-8181


    LA/OC:

    405 Tropical fish
    15222 Goldenwest St
    Westminster, CA. 92683
    A small store with individually filtered tanks (i.e. no central system to spread disease) and outstanding discus.

    All About Fish
    2535 Broadway Ave
    Long Beach CA 90803
    562.438.4148
    Really nice selection of plants plecos and community fish
    130 gal planted aquarium for show piece(instead of the standard reef)
    Huge plant selection and the guy knows a bit about plants!

    Circle Pet
    1940 Ximeno Ave
    Long Beach CA 90815
    not much for plants....sometimes a few good fish but last resort for me.

    Fish-Pets
    (714) 241-0807
    2413 S. Fairview Ave. #N
    Santa Ana, CA 92704

    Goldfish Plus
    1027 N. Grand Ave.
    Covina, 91723
    (626) 966-2308
    Has a ton of stuff, but the owner will try and sell you the store if he could, plant selection minimal

    Hacienda Aquatics
    1075 N Hacienda Blvd. La Puente, 91744
    (626) 330-4716 Often has rare fish, plant selection minimal

    Jan's Tropical Fish & Pets
    5425 Rosemead Blvd
    San Gabriel, CA 91776
    (626) 286-0590

    Mark's Fish & Pet Supplies
    12063 Ventura Pl
    Studio City, CA 91604
    818-762-7700
    EXCELLENT selection of plants, stems, amazing anubias and crypts, most traditional stuff. Prices are a bit pricey but the quality is def. worth it. Lots of stock for planted tanks, great cories, ottos, and tons of rasboras, tetras and such. His fish are so clean it's amazing, he must be dealing with other suppliers and/or cherry picking the fish.
    He deals with hollywood studios a lot, he's the guy who built the custom SW tank for that Deuce Bigalow movie. Great guy to talk to, also. Very good employees.

    Nature Aquarium
    2836 Santa Monica Blvd.
    Santa Monica, CA 90405
    310-829-6180
    Had some extra time during lunch and visited Nature Aquarium in Santa Monica. They carry a good selection fish and a lot of them are the smaller rasboras/danios/tetras that a lot of the nano guys like. They have a decent collection of plants as well distributed around their tanks. Many of the holding tanks are planted. There were no dead fish in any of the tanks that I could notice and their fish seemed healthy although their salt water collection seemed like it need a bit of TLC (some algae on the tanks, some of the larger fish were crammed into tanks too small for them and were obviously stressed). Their SW display reef was very nice however. The owner, Toru, was friendly and I spent a good 20 minutes sitting there talking with him. He told me he had about 15 years of experience in planted tanks both here in the US and in Japan. I asked him if he intended to carry any Amano stuff and he said he'd considered it in the past but it doesn't seem like there's enough interest locally to make it worth his while. He did however bring out a huge stack of Amano magazines and catalogs that he let me browse through as we talked about how expensive but great the ADA stuff was.

    Overall, my experience with the shop was good and I would feel comfortable purchasing livestock from there.

    Neptunes Reef
    (310) 534-2323
    www.neptunesreef.com/
    2851 Pacific Coast Highway
    Torrance, CA 90505
    Great fish selection has cardinals, SAEs, rummy nose, male endlers; decent plant selection they had a couple of pots of glosso and dwarf hairgrass the last time. VERY KNOWLEDGABLE STAFF. Supplies/equipment overpriced, well aren't all LFSs

    New Wave Tropical Fish
    (714) 998-8209
    1960 North Tustin Street
    Orange, CA 92865
    Nice little mom and pop shop. The owners are extremely friendly. Decent selection of both freshwater and saltwater fish, and an ok selection of plants. Sometimes they have cherry shrimp with their plants, so if you stop by there take a quick peek. The ones I got from there were REALLY red. Also sometimes stock amanos. If you're looking for community fish, this is the place to go. If you call them and ask if they have a certain fish, and they don't, they'll ask for your number and call you as soon as the fish you want come in.

    Number 1 Tropical Fish
    714 S Harbor Blvd
    Santa Ana, CA 92704
    No plants to speak of but outstanding healthy discus and angelfish. If you love discus, this is a do not miss store. Friendly proprietor.

    Oranda Aquarium
    (323) 876-5059
    7318 1/2 Santa Monica Blvd
    West Hollywood, CA 90046
    (Little west of La Brea in Trader Joe's parking lot, south side of SMBlvd.)
    Decent selection of plants -- often have glosso, myriophyllum sp, r. rotundifolia, etc. Carries Flourish Excel, >$15 for 500mL. Pricey fish but will stock psuedomugil sp (blue eyed rainbowfish), rose line barbs, etc. Always have amano shrimp. Some hardscape for sale but nothing special. Never gives freebies but prices are negotiable after hardballing. Clean store.

    Pacific Reef
    18926 Brookhurst St
    Fountain Valley, CA 92708
    Brian is very friendly and knowledgeable. Not many plants but fairly decent fish, particularly salt water. We usually get items for reef tank here. My daughter and I visit every week or two just to look around. Decent looking discus but we have not bought any.

    Pets Etc (Formerly Rare Fish and Reptiles Specialist)
    19062 La Puente Rd.
    West Covina, CA 91792
    Tel- 626-810-6768
    Email: fishetcetera@yahoo.com

    Strictly Fish (lakewood)
    (562) 421-9106
    6903 Carson St
    Lakewood, CA 90713
    Good guys always willing to give advice.....
    Large Plant selection not too much in the way of community fish...a lot of cichlids.
    Huge tank of plants for sale.

    Tong's Tropical Fish
    (562) 945-4498
    15250 Whittier Blvd
    Whittier, CA 90603
    great fish selection, okay prices. plants not good as Neptunes. so-so staff.

    Total Tropical Fish
    1043 W. Foothill Blvd
    Upland, Ca. 91786
    (909) 982-2214

    Tropical Fish House
    5146 Holt Blvd. Montclair
    (909) 624-6417 Often has obscure fish, decent price, family owned, plant selection minimal

    Window to the Sea
    14061 Newport Avenue
    Tustin, CA 92780
    (714) 665-5900

    Yo's Aquarium
    (323) 871-2730
    5846 Santa Monica Blvd
    Los Angeles, CA 90038
    (West of VanNess in the AutoZone parking lot. Only entry is south side of SMBlvd as its a one-way parking lot.)
    Only plants are anubias sp, crypts, bannana plants, etc. Often have decent quality fish for cheap - roseline barbs, hillstream loaches, discus, cherry shrimp, sometimes bumblebee shrimp, etc. Smelly store. Like Oranda in terms of hardscape. Easily negotiated prices and will throw in a freebie for regulars.
    Last edited by turbomkt; 04-13-2007 at 07:15 AM.

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    Just a reminder - many of these stores are also represented geographically on SCAPE's Frappr page here: http://www.frappr.com/scape
    -Carl

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