I recently visited Denver and had a chance to check out a couple of local fish stores. One of the first stores we visited was Aquamart. Located at 3255 S Wadsworth Blvd, Lakewood Colorado, Aquamart is not just a great local store, but also an educational resource for hobbyists.
The first thing to get my attention was the 2 210 gallon show tanks, 1 of which is featured in Tony Vargas’ new book “The Coral Reef Aquarium.” The first is a dual island SPS dominated system, displaying a beautiful array of colors, shapes and sizes. To be honest, there were probably only about 30 colonies in there I wanted in my tank. The next tank was a colorful softy and LPS garden. Both tanks were in great condition and absolutely spotless!
Next we took a look at the vast selection of aquariums and dry goods. From all in one systems, to supplements, additives, food, lighting, pumps, powerheads, and anything else your saltwater-loving heart may desire, Aquamart had it all.
Next we checked out the 2 400 gallon coral runways. Again, these absolutely spotless display runways, were stacked with everything from zoas, palys, LPS, SPS, to clams and anemones. The way the corals were displayed made it really easy to get both a “through the glass” and “top-down” view of each coral. What was particularly nice about the selection at Aquamart, was the fact that they had both frags and large colonies. I tried leaving empty-handed, but ended up buying a bubble-tip anemone that showed up while I was there.
The entire rest of the store is occupied by a 2500 gallon fish and invert system. Tank after tank of healthy livestock, happily swimming around in appropriately-sized habitats. Before any fish is sold, it is first held an inspected in a dedicated 800 gallon quarantine system. This extra level of quality control is helps Aquamart deliver healthy livestock to its clients.
Overall, I was impressed with the store, and it will be one that I am sure to visit whenever I am in the Denver area.
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3255 S Wadsworth Blvd
Lakewood Colorado 80227