I drove up to Frederick, Maryland, recently, to visit Rick’s Fish and Pet Supply. It’s in a shopping mall on West Patrick Street, off Route 15, just north of I 270. In this store, they do everything right. For starters, I didn’t see a single sick or dying fish. I know, I know, it’s not necessarily the store’s fault when fish get sick. Sometimes they arrive from the shippers in less than optimal condition. Still, I’m not likely to take a chance on livestock if someone can’t check the tanks every so often and scoop out the floaters and the wobblies. Anyway, like I said, I didn’t see any of that at Rick’s.
The racks were painted black, and the overhead lighting was subdued. The combination made it really easy to see what was inside the tanks. All of which, I want to point out, were clean and well vacuumed.
It’s a decent size store– not really big, but not small either. Rick’s has a respectable assortment of fishes to meet nearly every aquarist’s tastes. For the most part, all the tanks were well labeled, with the names of the tank inhabitants legibly written out. The staff was also courteous and eager to help. If you’re ever in Frederick, Maryland, I definitely recommend you stop in and visit Rick’s Fish and Pet Supply.