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3600 6th Ave, Des Moines, IA 50313
Near Highland Park
I traveled 80 miles to visit aqualand just to experience their variety. Instead of a store for cats and dogs, they have supplies for higher end pet owners who enjoy an exotic taste in life. Please read on. (Despite my below commentary, they have a great fish selection with about 90% of them in appropriate sized tanks. Very clean.)
It was just okay. The animals were there, but it wasn't exceptional positive living conditions. Just the minimums and cheapest toys/containers. They had variety, but it was WAAAAAAY overpriced. If you are as experienced as I am in the pet trade, you'd be appalled by what they think their animals are worth! A lot of animals were $30-75 overpriced. Some even more. A small iguana for 125? A regular morph year old red tail boa for 250? Please.
Aqualand pets don't take very good care of their pets. Almost EVERY single animal is in the minimal size enclosure and crowded. Some of them are very dirty. (The animals themselves.) My iguana had red spider mites and had so much competition from the numbers of animals stuffed into his tank that he didn't get to bask often at the store. When he got home, he was very happy to say the least.
They don't isolate birds when they arrive. Two tiels that were scared to death were bashing themselves on the side of the cage from fear, completely unhandled and up for sale. Feathers were missing from them pecking each other, but no one would separate them. The handler who got our new pet birds was rough and crude in trying to catch them. One escaped and he couldn't catch it without going to go get a net. (Use a towel for larger birds people.) I actually captured it MYSELF while he was gone, simply by asking her to 'step up' and letting her fly to my shoulder. That is where she was sitting when he got back.
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