Big Selection of Oranda Goldfish in Stock Now

HUGE  selection of gorgeous Oranda’s in stock now!

(An oranda is a breed of goldfish characterized by a prominent bubbly-like hood encasing its head. The hood or headgrowth (also known as wen) encases the whole head except for the eyes and mouth.Due to the fleshy outgrowth on the upper half of its head and sides of its face, the oranda has become one of the most popular goldfish. It is described as a wen by the aquarists. The oranda is a metallic or matte scaled goldfish that is similar in appearance to the veiltail. It has a large, long and deep body accompanied by a long quadruple tail. This four-lobed and contracted tail normally spreads out broadly when the oranda stops swimming. The back does not rise up to form a ryukin-like hump. )
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DISCUS SALE Thru June 30th

Discus Fish Sale thru the end of June!
(Symphysodon, colloquially known as discus, is a genus of cichlids native to the Amazon River basin. Discus are popular as aquarium fish and their aquaculture in several countries in Asia is a major industry. They are sometimes referred to as pompadour fish.)
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Awesome Oscars and Cichlids and MORE at Chicago Aquarium and Aquatic Life Store

Lots of new fish coming in – BIG  and  small!

Awesome Oscars
Stunning Cichlids

Bumblebee Cichlids

Red Tail Blue Loaches
Harlequin Lancer Catfish

Baby Red Monkeys

Electric Blue Cichlids
Flowerhorn Cichlids

10″ big fish for big tank hobbyists!

Come in and browse around and let our excellent staff help you!


                        5040  N. Clark ST      Andersonville / Chicago


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THANKS to our outstanding staff and our wonderful customers
                for making it a successful year at

We had some ups and downs, but all the comments, suggestions and feedback has made Chicago Aquarium and Aquatic Life one of the best fish stores in Chicago!

Our amazing staff is knowledgeable and helpful. We pride ourselves on keeping well stocked shelves for all of your fish needs, and our fish stock is guaranteed healthy.

Thanks again to everyone for a great for first year – and more to come!

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At  CHICAGO AQUARIUM and AQUATIC LIFE, when you buy  a tank or product from our store, you get free full  access to our knowledgeable staff! Our team of experts will guide you through the set up process and answer all your questions about products and fish. 

And  if you buy your product somewhere else, and still need help,  we offer  affordable  hourly consulting.

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Chicago Aquarium Fish Tank and Stand Sale!

We have been expanding our  selection of tanks and stands.Freshwater and saltwater, we’ve got you covered.

Big and small, lots of ideas to choose from. BIOCUBES and  Bow tanks have been in high demand. 
Get a 14 Gallon Biocube  $169!  The best price anywhere!

Bring us quotes  and we’ll do our best to MATCH OR BEAT THEIR PRICE!

Come in and browse around and let our excellent staff help you!


                        5040  N. Clark ST      Andersonville / Chicago


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Chicago’s Best! Large Asian Cichlid Flowerhorns

We are so excited – we have been getting a fantastic assortment of
medium and large Asian Cichlid Flowerhorns! 

Flower Horn Fish is basically from the Cichlid family, which is classified under the genus of Cichlasoma, which is commonly found in South America.

The flowerhorn or Louhan fish exists nowhere in the wild because it is in fact a hybrid of other fish species. All flowerhorn fish for sale originate from experimental pairings of South American cichlids. Speculation is that there are red devil cichlid genes in it’s parentage. It is a secret of the original breeder as to what the exact origins are. Flowerhorns have no taxonomically correct description due to being hybrids.

As far as fish go the flowerhorn is quite new. None were sold before the 1990’s. They have become quite popular in this time and command large prices. On the other hand many loathe such fish because they are unnatural. Read More at Squidoo.

Owning a flowerhorn does not require specialized care; they are a hardy fish that can look after themselves in a disagreement between fish. They can be quite aggressive
so most are kept alone or in a single species aquarium.

Treat them as you would a South American cichlid by feeding tropical pellets
and warming the aquarium water to a tropical level.

This fish is very hardy, and can endure water conditions that are not suitable for most breeds of aquarium fish. This is also part of the reason why the Flower Horn is well received by many tropical fish hobbyists.

But the ideal pH level in the water should be around pH 7 to pH 7.8 with water temperature ranging between 27 °C to 32°C. For temperate / colder climate region, just need a conventional water heater. With regards to aquarium size, try to have at least 4 feet (length) by 2 feet (width) aquarium.

We have been getting an assortment, regularly lately, with price ranges  $250-$350!

Come by and take a look!


                        5040  N. Clark ST      Andersonville


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Best Selection of Water Features, Bird Baths, Cement Statuary in Chicago’s Andersonville

  DID YOU KNOW?????  

We carry a huge assortment of cement/concrete  bird baths and statues.

We have many water features for ponds.

Plus,  we have been expanding our  selection of tanks and stands.Freshwater and saltwater, we’ve got you covered.

BIg and small, lots of ideas to choose from. Bow tanks have been in high demand.  Right now we have some 36″ bow tanks, with stand and pump for $375! 

Maybe something smaller?  

Desk Top and Table Top BOW TANKS  $27 – $40

10 Gal Hex  tank  – perfect for a corner of a room   $185

29 Gal BioCube Tanks with HQI  LED lights   $269 !

This is the best price ANYWHERE! 

($400-$500 elsewhere!)

Stop by and see our new expanded selections!


                        5040  N. Clark ST      Andersonville


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Chicago Aqaurium and Aquatic Life New Arrivals…Puffers, Orandas, Juguar Cichlids and more!

 I love the Puffer fish! 

We just received some Large puffers and Figure 8 puffers. (Your choice – $15!) 

 Puffers have a unique and comical way of swimming. Some species of Puffer Fish live best in freshwater, some other species live best in brackish water, and some Puffers live best in marine or sea water. –  we have a nice assortment that will do great in your freshwater tank.

Tetraodon biocellatus, commonly the figure 8 puffer or eyespot puffer, is a pufferfish found in freshwater in Southeast Asia.

Figure 8 puffers can  grow to about 3″ long. They are colorful fish, with greenish yellow patterns on their backs. These patterns vary greatly from fish to fish, but the markings either side of the caudal fin resemble the number eight, or eye-spots (earning the species another common name as ‘Eye-spot puffer’). Figure 8 puffers are relatively peaceful among tetraodontidae, and have been kept successfully with other fish such as bumblebee gobies and mollies, but as with all pufferfish there is a risk that tankmates will not be tolerated.


Another new arrival –  Julli Chromis Marlieris - in the cichlid family. We are selling pairs for $12.99!  This is such a good deal, for a pair of really pretty freshwater fish!

Julidochromis is a genus of cichlids in the subfamily Pseudocrenilabrinae. They are commonly called julies and are endemic to Lake Tanganyika in eastern Africa.

These ray-finned fish are smallish to mid-sized (about 7-15 cm/3-6 in) and have a yellowish backgroupd color with black lengthwise stripes or a checkerboard pattern.


Then I have a great assortment of Large Orandas!  They are running $59.99 –  lots to choose from.

The Oranda Goldfish is one of the most popular goldfish in the world. It is favored for its hood, a fleshy growth on the top of its head called the wen. The wen starts to show at about 3 – 4 months, but only really begins to form at about 1 – 2 years. The hood gets fully developed when the fish gets to be about 2-2 1/2 years old.

This beautiful gold fish has a large round shape, shimmering scales, and a long flowing split caudal (tail) fin that fans out when it comes to a stop. It is not surprising that the Chinese refer to it as the “flower of the water”.

I also got in some Juguar Cichlids – we are selling them in pairs. The Jaguar Cichlid has beautiful patterned scales and stealthy predatory ability like the jaquar. It is one of many large Central American fish known as a Guapote.

Stop in and see what’s new!  New things arriving week!


                        5040  N. Clark ST      Andersonville



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Interesting Freshwater and Saltwater Fun Fish Facts


FISH have been on our earth for more than 450 million years,
even before the dinosaurs started to roam ?!

There are over 25,000 identified species of fish on the earth.
And it is estimated that there may still be over 15,000 fish species that have not yet been identified.

There are about 40 known species of the flying fish, which is a fish with thin wings.
These wings allow it to jump and glide in a way that it seems like it is flying, but in fact it is not.

The flying fish is capable of continuing its flight, they have been recorded stretching
out their flights with consecutive glides spanning distances up to 1,312 feet (400 meters).

Some fish can swim backwards. Like the ghost knife  and the crosshatch triggerfish.
A buluga whale and a dolphin can swim backwards too.

Some fish species are able to change their sex.
 Clown fish is a classic example of this, they are all born males
 and the dominant males change their sex during the course of life.

The Oscar fish change colors when they begin mating.
And they can lay around a thousand eggs at a time.

The jellyfish are made up of over 95% water. The body of a jelly fish lack a skeletal structure or the outer shell. A jellyfish has no brain,   posess blood nor a nervous system. The mouth of a jellyfish is located on the underside of its bell and that is the only opening for its digestive system. They jellyfish take food in through its mouth which is digested in a sack-like structure. Then they pass their waste out through their mouths.

The largest fish is the great whale shark which can reach fifty feet in length.
The smallest fish is the Philippine goby that is less than 1/3 of an inch when fully grown.


Fish have excellent senses of sight, touch, taste and many possess a good sense of smell and ‘hearing’.

Fish feel pain and suffer stress just like mammals and birds.
95% of tropical fish mortality results from improper housing and nutrition.

Tropical fish are one of the most popular pets in the U.S. 
Many tropical fish sold in the United States are harvested from
the wild in Africa, Asia, and Central and South America.

Tropical fish are categorized by their nature. Like humans, some are loners and will bite the head off anyone that comes too close, some like only their own species and don’t mix too well with others, and some are friendly, outgoing, and love spending time with anyone who comes their way!  ASK before buying a fish.  Make sure they will get along with what you already have. Check if the tropical fish you are buying are non-community fish, semi-aggressive or community fish.

Visit Our Chicago Aquarium  Store Today and Decide If Our Newest Arrivals of Freshwater Tropical and Saltwater Exotic Fish Are Just What You’re Looking For!

Chicago Aquarium Store     5040 N. Clark Street  773-878-8474
Chicago’s Best Resource For Freshwater and Saltwater Tropical Aquarium Fish and Supplies



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