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  2. Hello From Edmonton

    Definitely check out Big Al's, especially given your interest in African cichlids. Some store staff are very good and the manager is great but often not present in person, at least not on the times I tend to visit.
  3. Jags

    Have any medium to large jaguar cichlid?
  4. Hello Harold. Have any male jaguar cichlid ? 

  5. Hello From Edmonton

    wow, Thanks for the information. Big Als is one of the only ones i haven't checked out. Went to Oasis Fish and Reptile and was very impressed out how healthy the fish were.
  6. Hello From Edmonton

    For equipment I virtually always go to Big Al's. Best selection, good prices and on the odd occasion there is a problem I've had good support. If you become an Aquarium Club of Edmonton (ACE) member you also get an extra discount that for me pays for the ACE membership many times over. Big Al's probably also has the best selection for African cichlids in town. I order 95% of my fish from outside Edmonton because my fish of interest are simply not sold here. In addition, I find price and quality/health to be superior to what I find in LFS. If you are just getting a few fish shipping cost is prohibitive but there are regular group orders where you share shipping cost or sometimes people are willing to bring your fish for free. I am bringing in a lot of fish from Curtis Jerrom in Calgary who specialized in South American fish. My next shipment is Sat Aug 26 and you can find his stock list on this site ( ). I'll be bringing fish for others to Edmonton at no cost. For African cichlids, Spencer Jack is normally a great source, but he is in the midst of a move from Winnipeg to an undisclosed location. So pickings are slim but prices are good. Below Water, in Montreal, has a very eclectic selection of fish including very rare imports but often with prices to match. I've use all three of these suppliers and have been satisfied with all. If you want to be informed about upcoming group orders and sales of fish bred in the Edmonton region your best bet is to sign up for the Edmonton Freshwater Aquarium Community facebook group that is very active. To be clear, I have bought fish from LFS and mostly with satisfied results. But you have to take some time to watch the fish and be patient until you find the fish you want and in a state of good health and natural behaviour. Oasis Fish & Reptile in St. Albert is worth checking out. Not the biggest selection but on my one visit I thought they had the healthiest fish and I liked the attitude and respect for their animals of the owners. Aquarium Central has a bigger selection and they bring in some oddities that are fun to watch even if not on your bucket list. Big Al's has the biggest selection but staff knowledge and fish health is, IMO, a step lower but not a problem if you are a good judge of fish health yourself.
  7. A Few Of My Discus

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  8. Hi. Just wondering if there was a place in Red Deer that sells NLS, preferably in the large pellets. Failing that, is there someone in the Red Deer area that would be willing to sell me a small bag of larger pellets. I just acquired a larger fish that apparently only eats live food. I would like to break him of that , but don't want to spend a big amount on a brand that he ends up not eating. Thanks Fred
  9. Hello From Edmonton

    Thanks for the warm welcome. Size wise i would love to run up to 150 g and have the room all depends on what stands i can find. Would love to do a planted tank but i think that will be in the future and i will probably start with a 65g for that. seems to be quite the challenge to balance the needs of fish and plants. that being said I'm defiantly up to it Do you have a preference on pet stores in Edmonton i think i have been to just about all of them in the last month. As you say very hit and miss on the types of fish available. even equipment seems to be tough. glad to hear there is an opportunity to find quality fish locally or through online ordering.
  10. Lighting and diatoms

    I am looking for a System 1 diatom filter... If someone has one please message me. Also if you have a HOT Magnum I would be interested...
  11. Hello From Edmonton

    Welcome to the Edmonton aquarium community. I'm into South American (dwarf) cichlids for which fish selection in stores is much less satisfactory but there are good choices for internet ordering, and I love them for their behaviour, looks and being compatible with plants. African cichlids have their own advantages; good fit for our tap water, much greater selection in stores, and many other local aquarists that can help with advice of provide local-bred fish. Enjoy the process of figuring out what you want and putting it all together!
  12. Fluval FX6 Flow?

    I have been very impressed with the FX6. Its super quiet, flows beautifully, and is easy to maintain. I would certainly recommend it to anyone.
  13. Hello From Edmonton

    Hello and welcome to AA. 100g planted tank!
  14. Fluval FX6 Flow?

    Has the Fx6 turned out to be worth the price. Am in the process of buying a large canister and can't find anyone who docent like it.
  15. Betta's And What Other Breeds?

    Curious, What did you end up trying with your Beta's ?
  16. Hello From Edmonton

    Hello, Just starting out again running aquaruiums used to run small tanks Up to 30 g a number of years ago but due to work and life had to give it up. Recently restarted with a nice Beta tank just a 10 g for now. I am in the process of choosing my first big tank. Have spent the last few months researching and going out to see all the different fish available, wow what a selection last time i had a tank i was in northern Alberta and didn't have a lot of options. We have decided to run a Cichlid tank leaning towards the peacocks. So many beautiful varities just finalizing how big of tank to go and then it begins. Kevin
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  18. *Orders placed on August 8th or before will ship out immediately. Due to the significant increase in orders that I have been receiving the time has come for some website and shipping software upgrades. Moving forward this will allow me to continue processing orders in the timely manner that I have become known for. The upgrade will begin on August 9th and we aim to have it fully integrated by August 18th. Orders can still be placed during this time but will not be shipped until around August 18th. Thank-you so much to all of you for your business and amazing support. Orders placed on or before August 8th will not be affected by the delay.
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    *Orders placed on August 8th or before will ship out immediately. Due to the significant increase in orders that I have been receiving the time has come for some website and shipping software upgrades. Moving forward this will allow me to continue processing orders in the timely manner that I have become known for. The upgrade will begin on August 9th and we aim to have it fully integrated by August 18th. Orders can still be placed during this time but will not be shipped until around August 18th. Thank-you so much to all of you for your business and amazing support. Orders placed on or before August 8th will not be affected by the delay.
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    *Orders placed on August 8th or before will ship out immediately. Due to the significant increase in orders that I have been receiving the time has come for some website and shipping software upgrades. Moving forward this will allow me to continue processing orders in the timely manner that I have become known for. The upgrade will begin on August 9th and we aim to have it fully integrated by August 18th. Orders can still be placed during this time but will not be shipped until around August 18th. Thank-you so much to all of you for your business and amazing support. Orders placed on or before August 8th will not be affected by the delay.
  21. Flex Sch 40 pipe

    Does anyone know where I can purchase flexible Schedule 40 pipe in Edmonton? 1.5"?? Thanks in advance!!!
  22. Hello

    hello to everyone and thanks for having me here. I am 28 and have only been in this hobby a little over a year, hope to learn lots here
  23. Is this forum dead?

    More accounts, passwords, complications, in addition to potential unintended (ab)use of user data. I run a google cloud webserver (biodives.com) where I have full control what happens with my data and who gets to access it. Just not enough time to develop is as much as I'd like.
  24. Hello

    4 tanks for now , It wasn't just faulty equipment, life too. Thanks for the suggestions, I've been testing all my equipment this past few weeks, everything checks out good so far.
  25. Hello

    Nice to see another Edmonton member. I can't help you with the 4 tanks (and counting?) addiction problem but you shouldn't have to drop out of the hobby due to failing equipment. I'd recommend to always buy new heaters for tanks that matter, or consider a room temp tank. I personally don't use filters but a sponge filter or matten filter with air pump should be quite reliable. You can run all four tanks off of two air pumps and if one where to fail the one air pump could run all four until you get a replacement. I like the Eheim pumps that are very quiet and the bigger ones already have 2 outlets with adjustable flow. Whatever way you go, enjoy the fun in figuring out what you want and then see it all come together.
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