THE SAVVY SHOPPER
Under the sea!!
Just Flounder and me!
I just got back from South Beach for my granddaughter's fifth birthday party. It was a little mermaid party I made lots of colorful fish to hang on the walls which gave me the brilliant idea to do a story on an aquarium shop. I found a complete shop for salt water fish and aquariums that claim to have the best selection in S.W. Florida. Aquarium & Reef Center has been here for three years. The fellow working said they specialize in salt water fish as the regular pet store doesn't know how to take care of them. There are a lot of tanks all set up with all kinds of fish to choose from.The Ocellasis Clown fish otherwise known as Nemo, who is orange and white striped can be found for $19 and up. He comes in various sizes and also was in red and yellow stripe, which I hadn't seen before. The starter fish for a salt water tank is known as the Damsel fish. They can be found in several different colors, black and white stripe or a bright blue that I liked a lot or a black fish with white dots. The yellow Tang who is the bright yellow fish called Bubble in the Finding Nemo movie adds a lot of color in any tank.
All the fish in the tanks have names of which I don't know, all I know are there are pretty ones like the large blue fish with tiny orange dots or the lion fish which are so much fun to watch. They come in different colors, I saw a pretty good sized one here for $48. The tetra's come in all kinds like the glo fish tetra's, neon tetras and bleeding heart tetras. There were large fantail gold fish and jet black angel fish for $15. I am sure aquarium lovers will know all the names. The Bala Sharks were fun to watch they look just like the big sharks only they were only about 3"long and not expensive, $5. Oh yes, the tiny bright red star fish were amazing. I can see where you can get a beautiful aquarium with lots of color and they are so relaxing to watch.
The coral for sale was another a whole other world. What an assortment! The live coral really sets your tank in motion! There were so many varieties and colors to choose from. Some looked like translucent bubbles all stuck together, others were brown with bright green ruffled edges, or reds and greens even purples. There also is a large variety of aquatic plants. They carry Fiji live rock at $5.49 a pound and Belize live rock at $5.99 a pound.
They hand pick their fish and corals to assure the best quality and feed them the best quality foods to maintain their health.
There is a complete selection of aquariums from a small starter kit to a beautiful half circle aquarium with a black and stainless bottom and a wide stainless strip at the top that was as tall as me! How awesome would that be!! There were huge aquariums with wood bases too.
All the supplies are here too. A whole wall from nets of all sizes to Crystal Clear, a product to clear cloudy water immediately. The ultra gravel vac to remove debris from aquarium gravel was $20. What a good idea! The gravel came in a lot of different colors and there was a selection of artificial plants. Fish feeders and all kinds of feed. It is a complete store with everything you will need to get started or for those of you who already have an aquarium there is always something in here to add to it.
The Aquarium & Reef Center is located at 15200 S. Tamiami Trail, Suite 111 in Ft. Myers. (Across from Jamaica Bay) There are two locations in Cape Coral, 4806 Candia St. and 231 S. Del Prado Blvd.