P.S. I would like it if I could go to the petshop and say, "I'm looking for Histrionica loaches!" and not receive a blank stare, or a ,"What's their common name?" It's amazing how often different types of loaches share common names...
In Dublin is a store where one of the employees is very interested in Loaches. The store is Aquarium Concepts.
My problem with them is that the nitrate in their water is very high. I think they fight it by adding salt. It takes a month of acclimating to get the fish ready for my main tanks. This is a typical quarantine period, anyway, but I sure would think it better that they deal with the nitrate some other way.
The other place that is worth some phone calls, and a visit if you are near is in Campbell. Dolphin Pet village. They have a really big selection of fish, I often see Loaches, and many different or less common species of Cories, Rainbow fish and many more.
Look for a coupon at the Dolphin web site. It is not always there.
Happy fish keeping!
Right now, I'm nearest Dolphin Pet Village. Here's hoping my fiance doesn't mind a little fish visit~
I may hit Aquarium Concepts in a few days, but that nitrate problem has me nervous...They are probably worth a look, but they won't be first on my list.
I keep hearing good things about Capitol Aquarium, so road trip with my dad may be in order. O St. Aquarium? Sounds interesting. *checks gallery* I see discus! My dad is definitely gonna want to go there too!
Once again, lovely selection of stores, thank you Diana!
Capitol Aquarium used to be much better, but it is still a large store with decent stock, but not that many loaches.
A new store opened in Sacramento recently, owned by the same people that run O St aquarium, Aqua Workz
(http://www.aquaworkzaquarium.com). They have a showroom nearly as large as capitol, but seems much cleaner due to being so new. No matter what you do, I would recommend that you call ahead if you have specific requests..
On a good note, my fiance is now talking about owning a saltwater tank once we have our own place.
It will be a while before I can make it over to Sacramento, but calling ahead of time won't be a problem.
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