Westside Aquarium & Pets
FISH AND PET SUPPLIES LOCATED IN SOUTH TAMPA FOR OVER 30 YEARS!
Location & Hours
3402 S Dale Mabry Hwy, Tampa, FL 33629
I been dreaming of a koi pond for years, it took a weeks to have it dug, rocks placed, and the perfect location. My dream turned into a nightmare till I walked to this store. My pond was Irish Green! My Pond was was a mosquito pit. The owner was more interested in providing me with information, knowledge and hope than in making a sale. I went home with filter material, guppies and a large dose of hope.
I had a beautiful bala shark for 5 years, unfortunately was overgrowing his tank. I didn’t realize until it was a dire situation. I used Google and found Paul, who immediately agreed to take my “Quint” in order to save his life. Wonderful man.
We have had a really wonderful experience. So glad we found this business. They are guiding us with their terrific knowledge through our first tank. Say “NO” to the chains and use this great local resource!
I haven’t bought anything for my aquarium from anyone but Paul in over a year. He is always knowledgeable, helpful, and straight-forward. He will help you with what you need, without trying to sell you on what you don’t. His prices are much better than the competition, and I have never seen him waiver on quality to try to maintain that.
Based on 176 reviews
The food critic
17:51 21 Feb 20
Awesome experience! Great customer service and great prices! This guy knows a ton about these fish and plants!
18:39 17 Feb 20
This is one of the best LFS I have been to! The gentleman who owns the store is very knowledgeable, friendly, and has a... great memory. I have only been here 3 times, but he seems to remember me every time I'm there and even when I call about stock! He is part owner of a fish farm, where all his stock comes from. (at least for Itty bitty fish I'm interested in). He only sells the healthiest fish and returns the ones that may need more time to grow. The best thing is that he will hold any stock if you ask so that you don't waste a trip all the way to Tampa. Other stores won't do that, it always seems to be 1st come 1st serve, all about the sale. The types of fish I like are hard to find and go really fast! I don't think I will buy fish anywhere else from here on out! He even gets some beautiful and interesting plants! Don't let the small size and the minimal supply stock fool. This is truly a gem and a great find! You won't be disappointed!read more
14:46 23 Jan 20
The water quality is very questionable. The two puffer fish in there look unhealthy. In addition to the dirty water, I... still selfishly bought 5 long-fin tetras that have now infected my 55 gallon community tank. Please explain to me how its acceptable to be in business for years, pride yourself on it and then turn around to sell customers sick fish. I should’ve went with my first instinct and walked out but was just curious as to what this business still had to offer at first. Never will I recommend to anyone or shop there again. For anyone considering on buying fish from them, consider yourself “rescuing“ them.read more
03:42 17 Jan 20
Owner is super knowledgeable and has great quality fish and supplies, but u think he needs an assistant to help keep... the store and tanks cleaner.read more
21:53 15 Jan 20
Great Selection. Great prices! My discus fish are awesome!
00:38 04 Jan 20
I love this place . Always very helpfulSo friendly. A great local shop
18:09 14 Dec 19
Lots of good fish & coral. A lot of algae and overgrown plants that could use some maintenance.
04:49 27 Nov 19
A very nice family owned store with a great variety at a Perfect price.
18:19 22 Nov 19
Great place to buy all your fish and supplies for your aquarium. Paul has the knowledge and best prices in the fish... business.read more
20:07 12 Oct 19
Best selection of freshwater fish I've seen as far as size of mature specimens, and their prices. I will never buy... livebearers, tetras, etc. from anywhere else around the area.read more
11:36 29 Sep 19
This is the best place to get all types of fish
11:15 04 Sep 19
Disappointing - I went because of so many positive reviews but what I saw was a lot of sick fish, many heavily infested... with ich, other tanks with lethargic clamped fin fish. I was never greeted or even acknowledged that I was in the store. Also quite a bit of clutter near the entrance making it difficult to get through. Disappointing for a LFS...read more
22:55 03 Sep 19
Amazing..... can't say enough. Hands down the best experience I've ever had in a owner operated shop... extremely... knowledgeable and fair priced.read more
21:46 25 Jul 19
Westside Aquarium has been my go to spot since I was a teenager. Paul is an amazing resource and will special order... whatever you are looking for.read more
03:37 23 Jul 19
Super knowledgeable and nice...quality selection...much better than the chains
00:00 30 Jun 19
Great LFS love the selection of fresh water fish and everything looks healthy on display. Also have some salt and pond... livestock on hand.read more
18:50 29 Jun 19
Most knowledgeable about fresh and salt water fish. Best prices in town
19:14 16 Jun 19
Really nice aquatics store. Extremely knowledgeable owner and friendly and helpful. This store is a must for fish... lovers.read more
03:57 07 Jun 19
Old school shop. Sponge filters and plants. Heathy fish. Paul will find just about any fish you are looking for.
20:34 30 May 19
Best fish selection I've seen way better than any other
23:22 28 Apr 19
Paul is very helpful and knowledgeable. Very down to earth. Nice place
junior & Vivian Godson
17:35 01 Feb 19
Great customer service and he was very helpful. Better then a y pet store. This guy knows his stuff. I bought fish... from him 2 months ago and they are still strong and healthy. He takes the time out to teach you about what you are buying and what you need. Also great prices. Great fish selection more then anyone in the Tampa arearead more
18:26 14 Jan 19
Great service; Paul never over sells you, and he is very knowledgable. My fresh water planted tank looks great, due to... his advice. Tell him what you want, or have, and he will let you know what will, or won't work.read more
02:48 06 Jan 19
Can't wait to go back. The man who helped me was very knowledgeable and helpful. It's not a fancy place but good... quality healthy fish. I bought some beautiful peacock ob cichlids.read more
Kevin C O'Dunn
07:57 21 Dec 18
This place is absolutely incredable. The culmination of a passion that grew into a profession. Great variety of fish -... fresh and salt water. Plus the owner knows his business. He'll help you better understand what you're doing.read more
14:42 19 Dec 18
The owner was amazing. He spent a great deal of time with us to answer all of our questions. He is extremely... knowledgable and very giving with all the info you need to properly run and setup your aquarium. He has most definitely has earned our business.read more