On the way to state darts, I hit 7 aquarium shops in Marshfield, WI Rapids, Oshkosh, Appleton, and Green Bay, plus I stopped by the GBAS rummage sale.
My first two stops (Animal House in Marshfield and The Aquarium in WI Rapids) have very limited aquatic selection, no saltwater – not worth going out of your way except to support the mom n pop shops.
My next stop was Aquarium Pets in Oshkosh. Worth the visit. I think they had some saltwater. I noticed an albino halfbeak – kind of neat to see something a little more rare.
Next I stopped by the GBAS rummage sale – got some great deals, I hope they do that again.
Next was Just Pets in Appleton. This one I was impressed had an entire tank of albino koi guppies. I would have bought some, but he said they got them from a wholesaler in CA – I can get some direct from Thailand at Tamed Waters in St. Paul or from Twin Cities Guppies.
Next was H2O pets in Green Bay. Smaller selection, but nice, and a really nice guy running the place.
Next was Advanced Aquarium Systems in Green Bay. Fantastic selection, lots of plants, VERY knowledgeable owner (he really knows his crypts!), and lots of things that would be interesting to a true hobbyist as opposed to a casual fish keeper. A little pricey, but well worth the stop. No saltwater, if I remember correctly. He’s in the process of putting together a room with just vintage tanks, can’t wait to see that.
Last was Reef’s Aquatic. Again, smaller selection, but I got some very reasonably priced spider wood here. They had quite a few saltwater tanks. Sorry I didn’t notice when there were cichlids – I’m mostly into nano fish, planted tanks, shrimp, snails, and livebearers.
All in all a very enjoyable road trip for a fish geek! In case you want to follow in my footsteps, here’s a link to the Google map: https://goo.gl/maps/hBrQWjgvhBT2