World of Fish

You may not know it if you don’t have an aquarium, but we here in the TC have one of the best “fish stores” in the country: The World of Fish. I hadn’t been in there for a few months, but took a trip to Richfield (Portland and 66th) this afternoon and was reminded just how good it is. Quite frankly, it’s a better selection of aquatic life in tanks than many public aquariums.

Because going down there involves a trip down 35W and into the MN62 interchange, I generally don’t go down during the week due to traffic. This time I went to get a couple of new fish to repopulate my tank after it restabilized from the power outages a while back. I got a couple of great fish and managed to keep my total bill under control, but got a serious amount of fish envy in during the time I was there.

From the outside, it doesn’t look like much and even inside it’s not polished or spacious. Tanks are close together and shelved from floor to ceiling with aisles that are narrow. It’s laid out as a maze of little rooms, but if you go, make sure you get into them all. Their saltwater display and their discus (I stood in front of 2 $300 orange discus for WAY too long today) in the freshwater section are absolutely beautiful.

The staff are knowledgable and they are sticklers about their fish being healthy and it shows. Take a trip to most stores and the fish are practically comatose. At WOF, they are active and worth watching. Makes for a cheap activity that’s unique.

1 Comment so far

  1. Nate (unregistered) on October 17th, 2005 @ 9:27 pm

    I have been there and it is a very well put together shop. They charge a little bit much for many of the fish, but the knowledge is worth the extra price.

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