Don’t get us wrong, the LFSlocator is a great idea which will likely become an indispensible tool for travelling aquarists throughout the U.S. but our cursory evaluation of the service for the Colorado region was less than stellar. A search for stores in the Denver area failed to display some of the newer, better stores but instead we were presented with many legacy shops which had long closed the doors, a bevy of service companies, some product distributors and even a used forklift wholesale business. Perhaps this service works better in more static business regions of the country but with the high number of stores coming and going in Colorado, we found the listings to be outdated. We would expect similar results for the Reefing capitals in Southern and Northern California. This database of LFS was clearly taken from some older directories of nearly all aquarium related businesses. Although the service is still young, we expect that with a little human aided editing the website could prove wildly popular. Our suggestion is to at least call businesses found in your area listings to make sure they still exist. Also read Ocean@Home’s review which found LFSlocator to be more accurate at least for their region.
Jake Adams has been an avid marine aquarist since the mid 90s and has worked in the retail side of the marine aquarium trade for more than ten years. He has a bachelor’s degree in Marine Science and has been the managing editor of ReefBuilders.com since 2008. Jake is interested in every facet of the marine aquarium hobby from the concepts to the technology, rare fish to exotic corals, and his interests are well documented through a very prolific career of speaking to reef clubs and marine aquarium events, and writing articles for aquarium publications across the globe. His primary interest is in corals which Jake pursues in the aquarium hobby as well as diving the coral reefs of the world.