We get to visit more LFS than your average aquarist and with that we see a lot of duds. Occasionally, we have the pleasure of visiting fishstores with a special touch. We’ve been following the progress of the Aquarium Showroom in San Jose CA for over a year now and with our recent visit to BayMAC a few weeks ago, we had ourselves a nice thorough look at the Aquarium Showroom’s new flagship display aquarium. If a giant, near life sized sunken pirate ship with built marine aquariums and ponds isnt enough to knock your socks off when you walk into a store, then we don’t know what will. Whereas most stores would be content to have a single multi-hundred gallon display tank, the Aquarium Showroom has nearly 10,000 gallons wrapped up and in this ginormous and fairly realistic sunken pirate ship display. The display itself is an indication of the scale of the entire shop: the place is packed with dozens of tanks between 500 to over a thousand gallons, dozens of small to medium sized displays throughout the place and enough coral and fish livestock holding to nearly fill your average wholesaler. We’ve spotted some pretty special livestock at the Aquarium showroom as well: trios of high quality hot pink carpet anemones, dozens of Borbonius anthias back when they were still very rare, a true tigrinus catfish and more than one red long tentacle anemone, which we had never seen before. If you are anywhere near the Bay Area or San Jose area of California, make sure you drop by this fantastic LFS and you’ll be sure to see something remarkable.
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.