Joined: Jan 31, 2010 Posts: 302 Location: Denver, CO
Posted: Thu Oct 30, 2014 12:38 am Post subject: LFS of Denver: Fish Den
Hope you and your fishes are doing wonderful.
Whenever we hobbyists go to a new place, we make sure that we check out the fish stores or LFS as we call them, in that city/ town. I don't know why but it's just one of those things that you do. You check out their livestock and plants selection, their business strategy etc. It gives you a better perspective about the hobby as a whole.
And that is exactly what I did when I moved to Denver a month ago.
Denver has been home to some great hobbyists and that's why there are some very old and reputed LFS here. They represent not just Denver but the overall hobby in the country. Rocky Mountain Cichlid Association (They hosted American Cichlid Association's annual convention in 2013), Colorado Aquarium Society, Colorado Killifish Association are a few organizations that work for the betterment of the hobby in Colorado.
When I was back in India, I was always curious about the LFS in the USA. I used to think how the LFS look like in the States and what kind of fish do they sell etc. So I thought by doing this series, I might be able to put a full stop to many curious question that people in other parts of the world have about LFS in the States. Hobbies (in general) are taken very seriously here. They opens a whole new world of opportunity. They can inspire you to study in a specific field field or maybe make your career in that field.
So here's the first LFS that I'm gonna talk about: Fish Den.
One of the oldest LFS in Denver. This LFS is running from 80's.
Usually, LFS have a lot less stuff than what we see in online store's catalog (just because many things don't 'move' easily). This LFS changed my perception. When I saw their selection of dry goods, I was amazed at how much they had in the store. Starting from every kind of salt that you can use in an aquarium to all the plumbing parts, dry food, a number of books (on freshwater, saltwater and brackish water).. they had everything.
While talking to their manager, he told me that they try to keep everything in stock that their supplier has. They understand this business and they know how a hobbyist who just discovered that his betta has ich, can rush to the LFS to buy every possible medicine available. They have a great selection of aquarium medicines.
Another great thing about the store is that they hire people who actually are aquarium hobbyists. While talking to Peter, who works there, he told me that he used to come to this LFS often and that is how he got this job. Isn't that great? Imagine a store where all the employees are hobbyists just like you. You will get an honest opinion and help from another hobbyist there.
They are also connected to local aquarium clubs like Colorado Aquarium Society and keep donating plants or Fishes to the clubs. They also give 10% discount to all the club members.
After spending some time checking out their dry goods, I entered their "Tank Section". Here they had all the empty tanks for sale. From 2 gallons to 225 gallons.. they had it all. Many types of lighting solutions from Metal Halides to LEDs and PLL.
Another interesting thing that I saw was a small collection of vintage aquarium stuff.
Then I went into their fish section. I was amazed at the collection of fishes that they had there. From goldfish, tetras to exotic tanganyikan cichlids, discus and even delicate bee shrimps.
A gigantic giant gourami that is not for sale :
The also had a nice saltwater selection.
This spider decorator crab decorates itself with the available corals. Camouflage at it's best here:
It was amazing to see such a nice LFS. They were happy to have me there. I bought some live food like Brine Shrimp and Black Worms from there. They gave me a 10% discount as well (I am a CAS member).
I hope you liked the photos. Let me know your thoughts and questions in the comments below.
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You are right about the watermark. Images like these, which go in such posts should not have this intrusive watermarks. It was a glitch in the hosting server which did not let me choose the watermark when I uploaded these photos on my website.
I have it under control now. The next thread in this series will have decent, non barking watermark.
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