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Tropical Haven was conceived in the winter of 1976. In March of 1977 a business license was obtained and a lease was signed. The original site was located at 1711 Prescott Road was made available July 4th 1977. After months of preparations Tropical Haven opened its doors September 19th and put an open sign up on September 21, 1977. The original store was 17 feet wide by 70 feet long. That was soon out grown and another 15 feet in width was added. After a few years the craft store closed and that location was also taken over. Ted Pino and Mike Warda were the original partners. Ted had a background in tropical fish and pet supplies that dated to 1962. Mike was a farmer and a very skilled handyman. Together they worked and prefabricated the aquarium stands in Mike's barn. In 1984 Mike had a heart attack and died at the young age of 31. His wife Valerie took over his share and sold out in 1985. Two other locations were opened, one on Coffee Road and another in Turlock. In 1991 on March 15 Tropical Haven Prescott moved to its present location 1707 Prescott Road at the former location of Carpet Town. On March 8, 1992 a fire burned down that location and it reopened in December in that same year. The fire was devastating to the business and the other locations were eventually sold. The original plan was to sell quality product very reasonable, then raise prices to the competition, then sell the business for a good profit. After a few months customers would come in and say they were so thankful that a pet store opened that had reasonable prices and they would not be able to afford pets if it were not for Tropical Haven. Prices have remained low ever since. Tropical Haven's low prices are due to volume purchasing direct from manufacturers. Many items in the store are sold at or below regular wholesale prices. When the large pet chain stores came to Modesto nearly all the independent pet stores closed, but Tropical Haven increased in sales because of price awareness, quality products, and accurate information.

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Tropical Fish, Pet Food, Pet Stores
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Specialties: Fresh Water Fish, Marine Fish, Salt Water Fish, Birds, Tropical Fish


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Great Deal

I know this store is not in the best of shape.. But they do have great deals we bought saltwater fish and also a 55 gal tank stand and the fish and the stand is awesome got them both at a great price .. Thanks tropical haven



this place suck period!!!

this is the worst place to buy fish and stuff for your tank. they have very very bad CUSTOMER'S SERVICE and they are very very RUDE. plus their tanks for the fish are very dirty and doesn't look clean. my advice is go somewhere else where there is better customer's service and cleaner fish.



this place does have a great a...

this place does have a great amount of supplies. a good amount of fish to choice from. it is a little dirty compared to major stores such as petco or petsmart. but they do seam to be stocked on a lot of things. i was very bothered by the way one of the ladys talked to me. acted like she knew everthing and i knew nothin and if i said anything other then what she thinks is right then im wrong no matter what. also this young girl thought she knew so much how fish yet i know for a fact she was wrong. i asked her how many fish u can have in a tank. she stated 1 for ever 10 gallons. so in my 50g tank i could have 5 small gold fish. because of the nitrate lvls. when i asked if there was any way to lower the amount she said no that u can only have a few fish. i have about 10 fish in my tank atm and with many test my lvls are great. if you want to buy something here i highly recormennd you know what you want insteed of asking for there advice.

Yvette Bill


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Sick Fish/Bad Customer Service

My husband and I purchased 4 koi fish from their makeshift pond inside the store, right before the store closed. Trying to get some help, is absolutely ridiculous and they act as if we are completely unaware of what we are purchasing and how to care for it. So we got home and one of the fish looked very ill in the bag, but we had high hopes that they would all adjust well. Two of them died within 10 hours. We went back to the store the next morning to get them replaced only to be greeted with dirty looks and rude attitudes. We were questioned by two different woman on what we did, then they tested the water (which was half their's) and during all of that, we got a major verbal lesson by both ladies individually on how to care for these fish and what we must have done that was wrong to have 2 dead fish. I was quite irritated with their judgements and was simply requesting replacements. We told them that we have frequented Tropical Haven for the past 3 years and I have been a customer since 2001. I have spent thousands of dollars in their store purchasing such items as fish, tanks, turtle tanks w/stands, snake tanks, dog food, rabbit food and other various supplies and accessories. I also told them that I was interested in purchasing $150 worth of supplies, as soon as we could figure out this fish situation. The owner came over and gave us another huge lecture on how to care for the fish. Their attitudes were still the same and they acted as if they simply did not care. After a 20 minute+ ordeal of being questioned, as if we had been arrested for a crime. . . they said they had a 7-day fish replacement, but only at half the price. So how did we want to do it. We decided to get 1 fish replaced (that was our credit amount-each fish cost $12.99). When we got home our other fish in the tank had died. Interesting enough, after they tested our water, they never said anything bad about it. They just pushed their products on us. So we have 2 koi's left and they seem very happy. Our tank is fine and we didn't need a how-to-lesson on what they thought we were doing wrong. It's too bad - that a store that has been knowledgeable in the past, has always had what I'm looking for, has good prices, but some of the tanks in the fish room are dirty and some fish and turtles appear to have not been well taken care of, fish in tanks with no price tag (which we were told they are fish sitting for some people who were moving-so those fish are off limits), along with dead fish in other tanks, their shelf products are very dusty . . . and to add to the list TERRIBLE SERVICE! Tropical Haven should appreciate every customer and act like they are happy to be in business in such a bad economy, where businesses are closing everyday. I am seriously considering shopping in Ceres.




Saltwater tanks are dirty, but decent selection and prices for aquarium items not too bad. You need to know what your looking for before you buy because you want find any good advice here.



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You won't find better!

Been doing freshwater for about 10 years now and have shopped many local fish stores from Sacramento, Berkeley, Contra Costa County, and now in the Central Valley. Tropical Haven is by FAR my favorite fish and supply store to date. The owners motto, Ted, is ""the best possible quality for the lowest possible prices."" Ted answers emails, works directly with you and is the most knowlegable and polite service provider I've encountered. As for the previous comments about the help and staff.......they are busy. Be patient and let them know you are waiting. Don't just expect them to cater to you. Most of the staff there knows the business and can provide good advice. If you question it, then ask to speak to someone else. Ted is the best if he is available. As for any aquarist, I recommend doing some research and not rely soley on fish store employees. It's your job to know how to climatize and own your tank. There is a wealth of online advice out there. If you complain about Tropical Haven, to me it simply shows that you do not know what else is out there on the market. Tropical Haven cannot be beat despite the bird food spilled on the floor, or the dust.



Cheap fish food

I buy my fish food at Tropical Haven and nowhere else. I have about 50 small fish that eat lots of food and I find that Tropical Haven has the cheapest prices for the same quality/brand food that other stores offer. I recommend stopping by.

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