Visit the Albany store on Solano Avenue in Albany CA. Fish First! is open 7 days M-F 10am - 7pm, Sat-Sun 10am - 5pm.
Fish are shipped into stores from all over the world in all kinds of conditions. Many times they arrive stressed out from their travels and in bad shape. Albany Aquarium is the only store in the Bay Area that separately quarantines all of our new fish arrivals. We get them acclimated to their new home, feed them the best foods, and give them some much needed time to recover before we ever make them available for purchase. Only when we are sure that they are strong and healthy do we send them out onto our main floor for our customers to purchase.
I recently travelled to my local fish store, the Albany Aquarium. I purchased a one eyed angelfish, a one eyed cobalt blue ram, a rosaline shark with a bent spine, a congo tetra with missing fins, a guppy fry, and a school of silver tip tetras.
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Albany Aquarium is the the only store in the bay area that separately quarantines all new fish arrivals before we make them available for purchase. We get them acclimated to their new home, feed them the best foods, and give them some much needed time to recover before we ever make them available for purchase.Otocinclus: These guys remind me of hummingbirds the way they frenetically feed. That's a good thing for those of us seeking algae control. They will "rasp" plant leaves, rock and wood to get rid of soft algae/ slimes. Very good at removing particular types of algae, they can starve after they do their job *too well* in the home aquarium and are left without a food source. Incidentally, we know that these fish are notorious from dying after people bring them home from their local aquarium store- this is because they are starving and so extra suceptible to transport stresses. NOT from Albany Aquarium! As an aquatic plant haven, we also have plenty of algae to keep them fed properly (can't really say if I should be happy about this or not;).Siamensis: Albany Aquarium is known all over the United States as the original importer of Crossocheilus siamensis or SAE (Siamese algae eaters). They're still one of the most voracious algae eaters and will eat tough staghorn algae. Sometimes we will toss an algae covered Anubias into our siamensis tank and it will be cleaned overnight! Beware of fish masquerading as the famous algae destroyer--many, many stores out there will sell a fish that looks very similar but will not make much of a dent in your algae. There is an excellent article that explains the differences in greater depth and much better than I could.I agree about the Cousins….I’m hoping that the new shop opening in Newton Plaza Two Cousins (no relation to the Cousins in Albany) will prove to be good and will not jack up the prices since it’s Latham/Loudonville. Steve, do you know if this new shop is related to the Two Cousins Fish store in Freeport, LI?