Westside Aquarium & Pets
FISH AND PET SUPPLIES LOCATED IN SOUTH TAMPA FOR OVER 30 YEARS!
Location & Hours
Sunday 12:00 PM–3:00 PM
Monday 11:00 AM–5:00 PM
Tuesday 11:00 AM–5:00 PM
Thursday 11:00 AM–5:00 PM
Friday 11:00 AM–5:00 PM
Saturday 10:00 AM–3:00 PM
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 218 reviews
21:34 08 Apr 21
Great selection of fish, both fresh and salt.Owner highly knowledgeable.
David De Jesus
17:54 22 Mar 21
This place is just sad.. smell like dead fish.. water all over the floor.. saltwater no selection at all .. but they... have alot of rock and por fish can swim.. I was there for 2 min got sickread more
18:51 06 Mar 21
I have given this store a 2 star review because i was told that he can delete one star reviews and I know that he has.... This was one of the most horrific experiences I have had while shopping for fish. The tanks were dirty and there were dead fish in a lot of tanks but the worst thing was the total disregard for the health and safety of the fish by the owner. There were 3 axolotls put in a crowded tank with fish that they should not have been with. In the short time I was in the store, the 3 axolotls were killed. They were eaten by the other fish and the owner did nothing to save them. Completely shameful!read more
J R Harrelson
20:52 31 Jan 21
Paul is fantastic, he listens to you needs and will not sell you something you don't need jus to make a sale. His... prices are more than fair, Westside Pets has been around a very long time. He has customers that have been with him for years. That alone should tell you that it's a solid business.read more
19:15 22 Nov 20
The tanks were not that clean. They had to many fish in one tank. Had a weird smell in the store. But the manager knows... his stuffread more
21:02 07 Nov 20
Genuine, no nonsense and super knowledgeable. Add super helpful and honest to that list too. I'm so lucky to have found... Westside Aquariums. I could not have set up my aquarium without your help. Thank you Paul!!read more
03:50 01 Nov 20
Unfortunately, it looks like I’ll have to edit my original review due to the way mask-wearing is handled in this shop.... Not mandating masks during a global pandemic is unacceptable. I hope that the owner changes this to protect the safety of his customers, but I don’t have high hopes. I’d be willing to bet money that I’ll get a snarky comment from him on this review though!read more
Amador salcines comas
14:58 19 Oct 20
Enchanting mystery in every corner, invites you to search every nook with your eyes, knowing that you're going to find... what nobody has and you have looking for a long time.read more
15:26 07 Oct 20
I moved here from Miami and let me just say PAUL is the best in the business this guy is extremely knowledgeable and he... knows what he is talking about. He help me and guided me through my first tank and now I'm on my second tank. If you want a flashy store with a bunch of idiots then go for it but I know everything I put in my tank is from this place. I've gone to flashy stores and when I mention Paul they praise him like the fish GURU. He has my business for many years to come . Thank youread more
01:14 23 Sep 20
Fish insanity. One man show in a small space with a crazy variety of fish. When it comes to fish at a great price I... think this is the place to go. Oddballs delight. I've been doing this fish thing for 40 years and this store is in my top 2 of fish stores from Central Florida to NYC.read more
01:16 22 Sep 20
We love this place!! The owner is super knowledgeable!! Lots of fish options!
21:04 06 Sep 20
Prices are good for the area, especially for the size of the fish. The few fish i looked at seemed very healthy and... disease free. The store is a super old fish store without a lot of flash or upgrades. A lot of negative things to say from looking at the condition of some of the tanks, specifically the saltwater and lack of stocking. However, after a brief conversation with the owner all my former apprehensions were gone. Owner knows what he's talking about and has been in the business a long time. The stock is limited because he orders fast moving fish or only the requested fish for the week. So be sure to ask for what you want and he said it would be there within a week. I was only looking, but I will give a detailed assessment of the livestock once I start purchasing.read more
17:09 25 Aug 20
Very scary and dangerous. The place is so small, there is no ventilation, and no one is wearing a mask, not even the... owner. Perfect place to pick-up Covid-19. Not to mention numerous dead fish in the tanks.read more
16:32 07 Jul 20
Great variety of cichlids and wealth of knowledge from owner. Recommend for any avid fish keeper
20:12 12 Jun 20
Love the place, everything is responsibly proceed sms the man behind the counter is also knowledgeable and very... helpful and sweet definately a fave for meread more
22:14 05 Jun 20
Definitely a locally owned store with its own special charisma. The prices can't be beat and the variety can't be beat!... I'll do business there again for sure.read more
13:16 31 May 20
Great selection. Knowledgeable staff.
20:17 27 Apr 20
Mostly fresh water fish. Tanks are dirty, fish do not look healthy at all. I would NOT chance purchasing a fish from... this store. Store even smells like dirty fish water.read more
17:14 19 Mar 20
Paul is the absolute best! If I need anything dealing wish fish, tanks, etc. I don’t go anywhere but WestSide Aquariums.
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
15:39 16 Feb 19
Extremely knowledgable and friendly! I will certainly be back!
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