Photo Credit: Elmer’s Aquarium & Pet Center

Families and aqua enthusiasts that need an opportunity to make room for a new marine pet will need to find a safe enclosure. Choosing the right aquarium and accessories are in good hands with experienced owners and stores with the highest caliber of credentials. A trained staff can direct you to the size, location, filter, pumps and the type of material of the aquarium. The next order of business is to choose the correct fish species, shape, habitat and accessories in the tank for a beautiful addition to your home or office.

Elmer’s Aquarium & Pet Center
4005 William Penn Hwy.
Monroeville, PA 15146
(412) 372-6535
www.elmersaquarium.com

The best part of Elmer’s Aquarium and Pet Center is the large store area that has enough supplies for all your aquarium needs. That means you can choose your size of the tank and the highly trained staff will help you with the setup and what you will need to keep it running correctly. The installation and maintenance are key factors of a new hobby or for those who are veterans of the marine world. The staff will engage in a consultation service to ensure that the size and dimensions fit your needs along with designing a package for success, and be sure to ask if there are any specials. 

Oddball Pets & Aquariums
262 Joseph St.
Pittsburgh, PA 15227
(412) 884-2333
www.oddballpets.com

Don’t let the name change your mind about purchasing an aquarium, and after entering the store you will find a blaze of enticing colors at Oddball Pets and Aquariums. There isn’t anything odd about the way the store is run or the lack of products, supplies, fish, accessories and equipment. If you can’t find a type of fish, plant or type of planted aquarium, then the staff will help find it for you. Things not to overlook are the quality  and health of the fish and everything you want to add, and the store will ensure your satisfaction.

Wet Pet & Friends
3695 Washington Rd.
McMurray, PA 15317
(724) 942-4442
www.wetpetandfriends.com

Beneath the store is a state-of-the-art filtration and pump system that are breathing life into the tanks in the showroom, and that technology ensures a product of utmost excellence. The store is a family-owned business that has turned the facility to  a first class operation for fish, aquariums, supplies at fantastic prices. The knowledgeable staff will direct you to an assortment of aquariums for the size that will fit your needs. Any interest in starting a hobby starts right here at Wet Pet and Friends or elevating your experience of fish, aquariums, supplies and accessories. The showroom is a marine wonderland, and a staff heaped in customer service will get you superior service and a bang for your buck.

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Fishy Things
Pittsburgh, PA 15221
(412) 401-7853
www.fishythings.com

If you don’t want to be bothered by a staff in big box stores that may not have the inherent knowledge of maintaining and servicing an aquarium, then check out Fishy Things. The best part of the process is the company is a roaming service and Fishy Things comes to you to help with the installation, and that offers a one-on-one experience. All aquarium, supplies, accessories and equipment come from a reputable American company. Fishy Things is on the forefront of great product innovations, and the understanding that an aquarium tank evolves and Fishy Things keeps up with all changes. Give them a call,  set up an appointment and you will be well on your way to an exciting hobby.

Aqua World Pet Super Center
8143 Ohio River Blvd.
Pittsburgh, PA 15202
(412) 732-9100
www.aquaworldpsc.com

From the very beginning of the purchase to the maintenance of the aquarium, Aqua World Pet Super Center will design a plan just for you. Harry Gray and the staff will help select an aquarium that fits your interests, and everywhere you look in the store there are supplies and equipment to get you started. Mr. Gray mentioned that it’s an independent family-owned business and along with the experienced staff will make sure the utmost in consumer satisfaction. He noted that the store has the largest selections of fish and coral, and the reef aquariums are one of the best in the country. If you need accessories for your aquarium, then look no further than Aqua World for pumps, filters, heaters, tank stands and plants.

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Gerry Cernicky is a retired health and physical education teacher with 36 years of experience. He is a former teacher of the year and a sports writer for the Vandergrift News. He delivers podcasts, and maintains a website and blog. He currently resides in Pittsburgh. His work can be found at Examiner.com.

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