Whether you’re a newcomer to fish care or looking to add to your aquatic ecosystem, check out these top Tampa-area fish and aquarium supply stores for extensive know-how and desirable stock perfect for any aquarium enthusiast.
Fish & Other Ichthy Stuff
105 Fairfield St.
Oldsmar, FL 34677
Hours: Mon to Fri – 11 a.m. – 6 p.m., Sat – 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.
In business for 15 years and at this Oldsmar location for the past 12, Fish & Other Ichthy Stuff specializes in saltwater fish. Species range in prices from $10 Clownfish up to the rare and exotic Rhinopias (scorpion fish), for $500. Staff members are helpful in guiding customers to the right products matched to their level of expertise and all fish are also monitored for weeks before they are displayed on the floor.
1888 Drew St.
Clearwater, FL 33765
Hours: Mon to Fri – 9 a.m. to 8 p.m., Sat. 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
This family owned and operated emporium has been in business since 1959 and welcomes with its friendly, knowledgeable staff. Stock include a good selection of both fresh and saltwater fish, aquariums and aquarium supplies and pond kits and pond supplies. Fish can range in pricing from $2 for tetras up to around $100 for rarer or exotic species. Tank prices run the gamut from $12.99 for a simple, small system, upward to several thousand dollars for custom-ordered systems.
Creative Aquariums of Tampa
150 S. Dale Mabry Hwy.
Tampa, FL 33609
(813) 873- 7333
Hours: Mon to Sat – 10 a.m. – 7 p.m., Sun – 12 p.m. – 5 p.m.
This store specializes in saltwater tanks and fish and features top aquarium brands like Tenecor, ATM, Oceanic, and Perfecto. Fish stock can range from $12 each for clownfish and damsels to upward of $400 for rarer fish. Tanks run around $300 at the low end of basic, to an average of about $2,500 for a medium-sized saltwater system. The store also offers both general and 24/7 emergency maintenance service.
Coral Reef Aquariums
8416-A N Armenia Ave.
Hours: Mon to Sat – 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., Sun – 12 p.m. – 6 p.m.
With fish stock that range from fresh and saltwater to coral and inverts, this Tampa shop has a roster of experienced aquarists to help customers. Staff include college students majoring in aquatic husbandry and engineers specializing in aquarium filtration. An extensive variety of tanks and ecosystems are also on display at the store. Fish prices range for around $4 for tetras up to $300-$400 for rarer corals and saltwater species. Tank inventory includes an array of aquarium systems for both beginners and seasoned hobbyists.
5565 64th Way North, Ste C
St. Petersburg, FL 33709
Hours: Mon to Sat. -12 p.m. – 8 p.m., Sun, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m
Rockin’ Reef showcases more than 100 saltwater fish tanks at its St. Petersburg facility. In addition to its extensive offerings of fish, corals, invertebrates and aquarium supplies, a hallmark of this store is also its broad selection of live rock. Live rock is a great biological filter for good bacteria in saltwater aquariums, while it also enhances the look of the tank and provides shelter for the animals. Tank prices range from $15 up to $1500 for larger systems; animals run from snails for under a dollar up to several hundred dollars for rarer fish.
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