Since my husband is allergic to every animal that walks on earth, fish have become the pet of choice at our house. But the over bred and sad little fishies sold at the big box pet stores weren't cutting it. I needed to find fish with gumption. I needed to find fish with the will to live.
My search led me to a flipping good fish store (I know, but it's really tough to resist a good fish pun).
Davey Jones Locker is like a funky little aquarium on Delaware Avenue in Albany.
The walls of this 2000 sq. foot shop are lined with aquarium tanks full of exotic and not so exotic fish and invertebrates. We have seen clown fish, (yes, we 'found Nemo'), manta rays, seahorses, coral, and huge tanks filled with fish you've never even heard of.
The great thing is that the fish sold here have staying power. The little guys I bought there over a year ago are still swimming along. Trust me, that is a record in our house
Another bonus here is the staff. They are really knowledgeable and can answer all of your fishy questions. From helping you find a good pH level for your tank (you can bring them a water sample) to advising you on the types of fish that won't kill each other (I've learned the hard way). You can tell they love their fish.
The shop sells everything you need to start and maintain a home aquarium. They even make home maintenance visits in their handy dandy Davey Jones Vans.
Even if you don't have fish, it's still a great place to walk around. And with the recent addition of an art gallery, there's even more reason to browse.
Davey Jones now participates in Albany's First Friday festivities and features the works of local artists. The owners have encouraged other businesses on the 'Ave.' to take part as well, so there is quite a scene developing in that part of town.
Davey Jones Locker
386 Delaware Avenue
Albany, NY 12209
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