As families garner inspiration from the Greater Cleveland Aquarium’s grand opening, finding the perfect piranha source becomes paramount to taking that experience home. From tiger sharks to those funky fish that suck the scum out of tanks, these local fish and aquarium supply stores have everything you need to bring the ocean right into your home.
Blue Fish Aquarium
5412 Mayfield Rd.
Cleveland, OH 44124
Hours: Mon, Tues, Thurs and Fri – 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.; closed Wed; Sat and Sun – 12 p.m. to 4 p.m.
Blue Fish opened its doors in November and, with huge shipments coming in constantly, boasts one of the biggest and most diverse selections in the city. Strictly saltwater, this store promises a variety of fish, stock, invertebrates, corals, aquarium equipment and the guarantee that staffers will order anything the shop doesn’t have in stock. Count on a constantly rotating selection and expert advice from pros with more than 15 years of experience.
Jurassic Aquatics & Pets
1413 Golden Gate Blvd.
Mayfield Heights, OH 44124
Hours: Mon to Thurs –12 p.m. to 8 p.m.; Fri – 12 p.m. to 6 p.m.; Sun – 12 p.m. to 6 p.m.
From saltwater exotics to gorgeous, living coral, Jurassic sets itself apart with knowledgeable, welcoming staff and aquariums for just about any family. Come here for a starter tank, or to find that random part you can’t find anywhere else. Learn to properly vary your fish’s diet with live food and even vegetables courtesy of the experts at Jurassic, or come in any time to see the new arrivals and expand your aquatic endeavors.
26966 Royalton Rd.
Columbia Station, OH 44028
Hours: Mon to Fri – 12 p.m. to 8 p.m.; Sat and Sun – 12 p.m. to 5 p.m.
Aquatic Technology is the end all, be all in fish and aquarium supply stores. Although it’s a bit of a drive from Columbia, the specialized service and huge selection the store provides make it well worth the trip. Because the store uses a heavier screening process for both its fish and its supplies, every customer is guaranteed a great experience finding exactly what suits their needs.
Something Fishy Inc.
4764 State Rd.
Cleveland, OH 44109
Hours: Mon and Fri – 1 p.m. to 7 p.m.; Tues to Thurs – 3 p.m. 7 p.m.; Sat – 11 p.m. to 5 p.m.
If you are serious about starting an aquarium, then Something Fishy Inc. in Cleveland is a must-see. This specialized pet store caters exclusively to fish lovers, and has been locally owned and operated for nearly 20 years. The shop owner is very involved in fish breeding, and is renowned for his award-winning African Rift Lake Cichlids. Something Fishy carries a wide variety of freshwater and saltwater fish, and even opened a specialized section for saltwater marine customers five years ago. This is one of the only places in the region that houses a fish hatchery under the same roof as its retail operations. The owner takes incredible care of his fish, making this store a favorite of previous customers.
6629 Engle Rd.
Middleburg Heights, OK 44130
Hours: Mon to Sat – 12 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Since 1984, RMS Aquaculture has been a locally owned, fish-loving business. More than 25 years later, its experienced staff promises customers will leave satisfied whether they’re looking for fresh or saltwater fish, aquarium set-ups or products for less-finned family members. It’s the simple way the shop cares about each pet that really sets RMS apart, however. Click here for instructions for safely introducing a new fish to its new home.
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