I was a patron of Living Art Aquarium for 2 years until I relocated for work to PA. I have been looking for a replacement store but have not found a place with as nice a variety of fish and as personable a staff as Living Art. They were always happy to answer all of my questions, they even encouraged it during the whole first month before I even bought my tank. They new me by name and were happy to check my water whenever I brought it in. I have never had a fish with illness from living art, neither clown fish, fire fish, jawfish, angel, chromis, nor several inverts. Yes, over 2 years I have had fish die, but that has either been within the first few weeks or once with one really good jumper during a cleaning. Every professional fish-keeping text will tell you that acclimatizing fish within the first month is the hardest time period. I once bought a blenny that was too aggressive toward my other fish and bringing it back was not a problem. When I moved and needed to take down my tank, they were very helpful and it was a relief knowing my fish would be well taken care of. I love this store, and I would recommend it to anyone!
Madison, WI 53704
This is the best saltwater fish store I have been to in the area! The staff is friendly and knows their stuff. They give you the hook up. The prices are kosher. They are well worth every penny you spend. All the fish and sea critters I have purchased are hardy and thriving. The live rock I bought has a lot of purple on it as well as sponges and some coral starting. I have been so happy with my visits. I drive sixty minutes just to get supplies because they know their stuff so well. The store is kinda hidden and not too big but there is a lot in there, and well kept. They also have freshwater and can special order. That store ROCKS!!!!
Ich is a very widespread disease. In fact, just about every aquarium fish will come into contact with this protozoan at several times in its life. Because it is so widespread, most fish have developed a good immune response against the disease to allow them to fight off the protozoan infection before it ever causes any symptoms. Captive fish that develop ich usually get the disease when their immune systems are not functioning as well as they should be because of stress. We know that stress lowers the immune response and when fish are stressed that is when ich is most prevalent. This is very common in new tanks. Hope this helps.