At Long Last: Batfish Aquatics’s Grand Opening

As many of you know, Josh Wiegert, President of the Potomac Valley Aquarium Society and all around fish guy, just opened his business to the public today. Batfish Aquatics, named, presumably, for Josh’s favorite super hero, is his fledgling fish supply business. Josh has been specializing in unusual and hard to find species for advanced and discriminating aquarium hobbyists. Josh posts his stock lists to many DC area Fish Club Forums. Today, however, Josh opened his doors to the public, allowing fish fans to browse the aisles. If you’re looking for lighting and decor, then maybe Batfish isn’t for you. But if you’re looking to cross those unusual, uncommon, and hard to find species off your fish wish list, then you might want to get in touch with the Batfish. Located in a loft above an auto repair business in Gaithersburg, Maryland, the racks of tanks aren’t much to look at. But if you take the time and trouble to look at what’s in the tanks, I think you’ll be impressed. Here are some of the photos I took while I was out there today.


One of the many nice little Apistogramma species at Batfish Aquatics.


More apistogrammas

Josh Wiegert

The Batfish, hard at work, doing Batfish stuff.

White crayfish

One of the cool white crayfish at Batfish Aquatics.

Cristy and Nagesh

Lots of local club members turned out for the grand opening.


Here's Damian, looking over some of the Anubias.

Violet corydoras

One of the violet corydoras. (Bad photo of a nice fish.)


From the Batfish plant selection


The lighting wasn't good, and I'm not a good photographer, but this is a nice Farlowella.

Josh and Pierre

Josh answering questions about the fish.

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