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(2) 4160 Convoy St.
San Diego, CA 92111
Very knowledgeable staff who are honest and friendly. This is the place
to go in San Diego/So Cal for any exotic fish, especially rare plecos, arowana,
African cichlids. Great prices, plus they carry many specialty foods you
won't find else where, such as Ching Mix or Grand Sumo flowerhorn fish food!
A must visit for any true tropical fish hobbyist!
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Great LFS for the rare and hard to find fish. I've bought tiger datnoids,
a black arowana and a couple jardini arowana's and flowerhorns from here
to date and many other misc. fish at awesome prices! The owner is courteous
and heck you can even bargain if the price is right!
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They do mail order dry goods and do livestock out of their store, it's
not pretty, but have good prices and healthy fish.
Good fish selection, but with some really high prices and some of the
staff are downright rude.
Well: I just got back from a short visit to Nippon Goldfish in San Francisco
(sorry for taking up the bandwidth of people elsewhere...). I'm afraid I
have to give this formerly good store a negative review.
The selection of saltwater fish was awful, Nippon used to carry a good selection
but now their SW fish selection is pretty generic and it seems they've reduced
the number of SW tanks. The selection of inverts is terrible and the health
of the specimens was awful. I didn't see any corals that weren't showing
some tissue recession and most of the specimens had multiple dead areas.
They only have 2 tanks with any SPS in them and all of the SPS was advertised
as "purple"; I would describe it as "brown and dying" with no new growth
tips evident. Obviously they're saving pennies by not replacing the MH bulbs
over these tanks. The clams were in no better shape, every single t. crocea
and maxima was gaping, the derasas looked good though which again is an
indication that they need to change the bulbs on a tighter schedule. The
general condition of the tanks was C-/D+, a 180 turn around from a year
ago, now there are aptasias bigger than the corals they're trying to sell.
The prices are awful, of course the prices have always been awful but paying
$39 for a fist sized bubble coral is different than paying the same amount
for a dying thumb-sized specimen. Nippon also used to have a good selection
of dry goods, not so today. They used to carry a variety of lighting options,
today it looked like no one had gone through that area in weeks. They used
to carry RO/DI units in abundance, today I counted 1 spectrapure on a shelf
15' off the floor...so on and so forth.
Also, in 35 minutes of poking around no one asked if I needed any assistance...this
is typical for Nippon but it used to be understandable: they were busy,
today they were just indifferent. I'll probably check back in a month or
so but it is sad to see a formerly B+/A- store turn in such a negative direction.-Ted
With the exception of one visit in eight years the service has been excellent
and intelligent. The advice has been very helpful, and the fish have been
extremely healthy, unlike all the chain stores which have a habit of knowing
little and causing my tank to go into death spasms.
This is the place to go in the greater Sacramento area! Thousands of fish
for sale and display including fresh, saltwater, pond fish, plants, invertebrates...
you name it. They also specialize in custom-made tank stands. The staff
is very knowledgeable and helpful with meticulous attention to tank quality
and fish health. It is truly an amazing store to visit!
While a relatively large store with lots of tanks, it doesn't treat it's
clientele as well as it should--they work on commission, so they are sales
oriented rather than information oriented to newbies. They had a lot of
chiclids, especially Neotropicals, a diverse number of catfish and tetras--I
saw no barbs--but maybe it's not the season. ~ 20 goldfish tanks; some other
large specimens in various tanks. Active place, though ~ 1/3 people I saw
there left without purchasing anything. Tanks were expensive as compared
to other shops, and their well supplied hard-goods were slightly inflated
as compared to other stores. But still, and nice place to visit.
While the 3,000 seems a little large for what the store says it is, it
is still crammed with stuff. Impressive live rock and invertebrate setups;
large tank with two sharks--one ~4 ft.; ~20 saltwater tanks; a fair mix
of African cichlids & Neotropical cichlids; diversity limited in other species--but
prices very competitive--about 80% of Capital Aquarium on fish and dry goods.
Knowledgeable help who don't treat everyone as a commodity but rather as
a client and friend. This is more like the old "mom & pops" of 30 years
ago that I remember. They foster good will.
These guys are THE place to buy your fish in the East Bay. The staff is
knowledgeable and helpful and the fish are very well cared for. They quarantine
all their fish, I've been going there for years and have never seen a dead
fish in their tanks. (Plus, their Bettas get to stay in tanks with compatible
fish and plants instead of those tiny bowls.) The plants are healthy and
labeled according to lighting requirements. Bloodworms and brine shrimp
are always available frozen, and usually fresh also. The main attraction
is the quality attention paid to the needs of their swimmers- you know you're
buying a healthy creature.
The store has gone downhill. It is very hot dark and crowded. Many of
the tanks are gone for redo. The staff is nasty and has an uncaring attitude.
I always feel degraded by their comments. The owner is nice, too bad I never
see him. They are closed on Thursday which is odd, but doesn't matter as
I will not return.