Pacific Aquarium & Plant Inc
46 Delancey St, New York, NY 10002
10/27/2010Provided by Citysearch -
I regularly check out any and all of the Aquarium stores in my area of B'lyn and Manhattan. I can say without reservation that Pacific is one of if not THE best fish and aquatic plant store in the whole city. They do freshwater, marine and terrariums too. The staff is SUPER knowledgeable (look for Chi or Kevin for an education in fish and plant keeping) and very very friendly. Prices are reasonable, give or take, and they are willing to negotiate prices if you find an item cheaper elsewhere.
Their main display tank (my usual barometer for a store's skill level) is a 180 gallon densely planted beauty with some very happy cherry barbs, rummy nosed tetras and Amano shrimp, etc. I know they're happy because the huge cherry barbs are such an intense red color and the rummys also have intensely red noses. And tell everyone that says Amano shrimp don't breed in captivity that they breed like crazy in this Utopian tank without any special effort other than their keeping the tank up so well.
They regularly stock unusual species such as fresh water stingrays (even tea-cup s-rays), farlowela, neon blue angels direct from Singapore, look down fish (super cool and pricey marine fish), beautiful discus and lots more. It's a popular store that regularly sells out of their stock so check in often.
THANKS Pacific (and Chi and Kevin and co.) for helping make tanks a spectacular conversation piece. Keep going!! I LOVE PACIFIC!!!!!
03/29/2008Provided by Citysearch -
It's hard to rate this place without comparing it to New World. Selection wise, they certainly don't have as much available in store, but they are more than willing to order anything you may require if you give them a few days. The prices on everything are significantly cheaper than New World, and though they don't have as much tank space or selection, they are a better bet for rare and unusual stuff. I've seen everything from bitterlings to numerous rare cyprinids and characins there. Also some really nice ranchu goldfish from time to time. They also have a buy 2 get 1 free policy which reduces prices even more. Word of warning though, their stock gets pretty run down between orders so schedule the beginning of the week for fish, and the end for plants. The staff at Pacific is crazy friendly, and far more helpful than NWA's. Their planted tank is also a sight to behold. Now for the detractions: The store isn't particularly clean, and they could stay on top of tank hygiene a bit better. Also, they can be ht or miss in terms of selection, because the store seems to get quite barren between shipments. Other than that though, these guys are awesome.