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Old 09/17/2010, 04:38 PM   #26
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Besides PTF, none in the SGV. Rare Fish and Reptiles in La Puente used to be good, but the owner Wes got out of the business. I live in DB and go mostly to Amazing Aquariums, Socal Tropical, or Reef Collection all in OC.


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Old 09/17/2010, 05:28 PM   #27
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Where is Reef Collection? Didn't find it on google.


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Besides PTF, none in the SGV. Rare Fish and Reptiles in La Puente used to be good, but the owner Wes got out of the business. I live in DB and go mostly to Amazing Aquariums, Socal Tropical, or Reef Collection all in OC.



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Old 09/17/2010, 08:03 PM   #28
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Any good one in Santa Clarita Valley? Please LMK.
Valencia pet, natural wonders and advanced aquatics all of them are pricey because of the area


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Old 09/18/2010, 01:50 AM   #29
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Lfs

You're probably right, there aren't too many great stores in the SGV for reef/marine fish. I was just hoping someone might chime in with something new and exciting.....


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Old 09/19/2010, 10:03 PM   #30
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Where is Reef Collection? Didn't find it on google.
On the corner of Yorba Linda Blvd. and Rose in Placentia, I think


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Old 09/19/2010, 10:08 PM   #31
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Where is Reef Collection? Didn't find it on google.
Oops!!! That's Fish Collection. Kinda pricey, but he's got some stuff. "Reef Collection" was in HB, but now long gone...


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Old 09/28/2010, 06:46 PM   #32
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Just moved here from S. FL couple weeks ago and still need to get tank setup and cycled again but would like to visit some stores in Mission Viejo if anyone knows of any. I'm going to have to visit these other stores on the weekend since I bleieve they are all a little ways away from me (don't know area well).


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Old 09/28/2010, 07:20 PM   #33
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Just moved here from S. FL couple weeks ago and still need to get tank setup and cycled again but would like to visit some stores in Mission Viejo if anyone knows of any. I'm going to have to visit these other stores on the weekend since I bleieve they are all a little ways away from me (don't know area well).
Not sure about the stores closest to you but it would be well worth a road trip to visit...less than 30 minutes from you I think.

Amazing Reef and Aquariums
Fish Collection
Southern California Fish Outlet

They are relatively close together and between the three you will find great livestock and tons of equipment.


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Old 10/01/2010, 11:54 PM   #34
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Nobody has mentioned Fraggle Reef yet. West Los Angeles. Like Garret's, open by appointment only. The proprietor (Brian?) bought the business from Miguel and moved the inventory to a temporary location (his house). Super nice guy, lotsa LPS, SPS corals and clams, minimal if any fish or drygoods. He buys salt in batches, and sometimes has extra buckets to sell at reasonable prices.


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Old 10/02/2010, 02:55 PM   #35
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+1 on fraggle reef brian has more coral in his garage them most LFS.


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Old 10/05/2010, 01:54 AM   #36
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Just moved here from S. FL couple weeks ago and still need to get tank setup and cycled again but would like to visit some stores in Mission Viejo if anyone knows of any. I'm going to have to visit these other stores on the weekend since I bleieve they are all a little ways away from me (don't know area well).
A nice one not to far from you, is Ocean's Tropical Fish in Aliso Viejo at 25 Vantis. 949-215-2809


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Old 10/05/2010, 02:10 PM   #37
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It's threads like this that make me want to update the Garmin GPS file I made a while back with all the stores.


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Old 10/06/2010, 06:18 PM   #38
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Ventura County Stores

Ok, these are places I have visited and shopped at.

Xtreme Marine in Ventura. They are open 7 days a week. Not a huge store, but very well kept and clean. They send out emails when they have a sale.

Tat Tropical Illusion in Ventura. The man who runs this store is very helpful in guiding you through water quality issues. This is big store with a good selection of corals, fish and dry goods.

Tat Tropical Illusion in Thousand Oaks. Same as above.

Fins Tropical Fish in Camarillo. Smaller store with a very good selection of fish and dry goods.

Aqua Relam in Thousand Oaks. Smaller store, very clean and well stocked on fish and corals.

Aquatic Zoo Tropical Fish in Thousand Oaks. I used to frequent this location when it was Brett's Tropical Fish. It was a store I enjoyed going to. Not so much now. Every time I stop by now I am followed around by an older guy who is bent on selling me something. This store has everything you need as far as a good selection of fish, coral and dry goods.


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Old 10/08/2010, 08:58 PM   #39
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I was in the Anaheim area today and went into a store off Chapman called Coral Island. Its been over a year since I had last went into that store. They have a much better coral selection now. They have nice sps, chalices and mushrooms. It is now worth checking out if you are in the area.


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Old 10/13/2010, 04:46 PM   #40
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Mystic Reef in Riverside. Lots of frags and corals for a reasonable price. Owners are pretty chill too.


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Old 10/13/2010, 09:43 PM   #41
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Mystic Reef in Riverside. Lots of frags and corals for a reasonable price. Owners are pretty chill too.
They always hook up good deals on what you find in their shop.


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Old 10/14/2010, 04:25 PM   #42
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Jim's Exotic Fish, El Segundo (A lot more fresh than saltwater fish. BUT, they'll search for what I want, talk me out of crap, and they actually care about fish!)

Sand Bar Pets, Mission Viejo


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Old 10/15/2010, 02:07 AM   #43
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thx ann marie for fallowing my style of posting... you are teh winnaR!!!!...


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Old 10/22/2010, 04:59 PM   #44
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I just recently bought fish from Aquatic Fantasy in Redondo Beach. The fish selection is pretty good and they have an OK frag tank. Prices were decent as well on the fish.


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Old 10/22/2010, 06:24 PM   #45
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Aquarium In Motion (if i knew how to make it a link for Gumbii, I would) in Corona. I'd say about half the time I go in there they just brought in new fish and coral, which is always nice. Lots of new stuff to look at.


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Old 10/23/2010, 01:51 PM   #46
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If you are in the Ventura County Area, these are the LFS:

Extreme Marine, Ventura, CA

Tat Tropical Illusion, Ventura, CA & Thousand Oaks, CA

Fins Tropical Fish and Pond, Camarillo, CA

Aqua Realm, Thousand Oaks, CA

Aquatic Zoo Tropical Fish, Thousand Oaks, CA

as alwasy Vivid in only a 30 minute drive


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Old 10/24/2010, 09:57 PM   #47
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I came in town for the show and I like and will be going to tomorrow the following which are great S. Cal stores:

Seaside (Huntington Beach)
Tongs (Fountain Valley)
Amazing Aquariums (Orange)
S. Cal Tropical Fish (Fullerton I think)
Vivid - if time permits (Canoga park)


There are plenty more I am sure but those I like to go to myself.


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Old 10/25/2010, 12:51 AM   #48
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My local shop is Oceans Tropical Fish in Aliso Viejo. I mainly use the store for RODI, but sometimes grab some livestock. Minimal SPS, but will occasionally stock nice gonis, euphyllia, and cherry LPS.


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Old 10/26/2010, 04:04 PM   #49
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Reef hot spot.


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Old 10/26/2010, 11:23 PM   #50
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Have to say that Aqua Realm has got to be the best spot in ventura county, never get anything sick or dying and the place is ridiculously clean not to mention the guys there are great and don't just sell actually want to sell you what right for your tank.


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