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Centreville Aquarium

Centreville Aquarium in Centreville Virginia has a selection of foods, filters, decorations, tanks, freshwater and saltwater fish. They also offer custom orders.

13838-7 Lee Highway
Centreville, VA 20120

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Store Hours:
Monday-Friday 11:00am – 8:00pm
Saturday 10:00am – 8:00pm
Sunday 12:00pm – 6:00pm

2.90 avg. rating (59% score) - 10 votes
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16 Reviews

  1. Bruce says:

    Buyer Beware!
    First of all, everything in this store is over priced, everything. When they give you a coupon or say there is a sale, you better believe the price has been marked up. Secondly, the owner of this store is a total jerk who has no respect for anyone. My GF over heard him complaining to one of his employees that the customers who come in there are so stupid that they should stay at Wal Mart and shop there. Thirdly, the fish that are on display are usually borderline healthy. Most of them look sick and most of them die. This jerk has a no return no refund policy on his fish because he knows they are sick. This I know because he buys his fish from Russian fish hustlers who ride around, selling fish out of a van which they have imported from illegal fish distributors who poison the water with cyanide to catch the fish. The fish here are usually sick from poison or disease, and still in shock from being moved around so much. Stay away from here, this guy has a horrible reputation amongst fish enthusiasts.

  2. Bob says:

    I went in this store and was treated like I was an interruption to their day. I guess my money does not matter to the owner. I saw several dead fish in the tanks, when I asked why a few of the fish were dead, the manager told me to leave. If you are looking for poor service and dead fish this is the place to shop. Otherwise I would keep looking.

  3. Tracy says:

    I’ve been in centreville aquarium a few times in the last month. I found staff to be very knowledgable and helpful. Their advice was comparable to all the research I’ve done. Their fish were all active and healthy – not a dead one to be found. They worked with me to get start up equipment got a new cichlid tank. I was treated respectfully and Dave helped me carry everything out to the car. Some time has passed since the previous bad reviews but my experience with centreville aquarium was a good one!

  4. Matt says:

    Never mind that these people don’t know how to treat fish, they sure as hell don’t know how to treat their customers either. I had a really bad experience a few days ago with them and I have no desire or reason to ever go back. Stay away from this place!

  5. Jordan says:

    I got a fish tank for my birthday,and went to this store to get fish for it. My friend found a dead fish in one of the tanks . I got some damsels and a starfish.the lady said the starfish was for begginers.but a day after I got the fish THE STARFISH DIED!!! My perants looked up on the internet about the starfish and the internet said that the starfish wasn’t ment for starters.


    Very poor service :-(

  6. Cass says:

    I bought a pencil urchin at Centreville Aquarium several weeks ago. At the time I purchased it, I asked if it was reef safe (safe for my corals). I was told it was a great algae eater and wouldn’t be a problem. Since putting the urchin in my tank, I have lost $50+ dollars worth of corals. Trusting the advice I was given at Centreville Aquarium, I didn’t put together that it was the urchin responsible for all of this death until I caught it last night beginning to chomp on my duncan coral. I did some research and found out the pencil urchin in fact is not reef safe and promptly put it in a jar to take back to Centreville Aquarium today to discuss this poor advice.

    I spoke with the manager on the floor (who may actually have been the same guy that gave me the advice in the first place) and told him I simply wanted to exchange my coral killer for something of relatively equal value. He said he was willing to treat it as a dead return, and offered me a 20% off a fish purchase coupon, but that would mean I would have to spend near $100 just to get back the $15 or so I spent on the urchin. I told him I was even willing to take a $10 emerald crab, but he wouldn’t consider it. Not only that, but he said because I didn’t have my receipt there was no way to know what the value of the urchin would be. Really? There’s no way to look up what you sell pencil urchins for? Right.

    I understand if I had been told to be wary or advised not to put the urchin in my tank and I did anyway that the coral death would be on me, but in this case, trusting the advice given to me by Centreville Aquarium, the coral death was on them- I wasn’t even asking for as much in exchange as I had paid, nor for them to reimburse me for the coral I lost, and I was even going to give them the urchin back to resell if they liked.

    This ridiculous unwillingness to make good on their mistake and maintain a relationship with a customer is completely unacceptable, so knowing full well there are several other saltwater shops in the area, I walked out and dumped the urchin in the parking lot.

    If you’ve bought a pencil urchin at this place soon after this posting appears, know that it spent some time out on the asphalt and that it WILL eat your coral.

    • Jordan says:

      I feel sorry for your coral that died. I think Theese people have no idea how the fish should be treated.Because they tell you the wrong advice. And their service is not customer friendly

  7. Carol says:

    Having shopped here and just about every LFS in Northern VA and Maryland I am sad to say this place is steadily going bad. Notice increasingly more and more dead and sick fish amongst the livestock. I have found the owner, Dave to be less receptive and caring over the years, and sometimes detect a genuine lousy attitude, especially if I don t purchase anything. Worst of all is the prices, which at a time seemed lower than everywhere else but, no longer, in fact most shelf items are way higher than the competition. Shame, I used to like this place, guess nothing good lasts forever.

  8. Bruce says:

    I used to shop here quite a bit until the owner gave me some bad advice which resulted in killing my tank. He would not take any responsibility, reimburse or give me a discount, even after several years of loyal patronage. His prices are higher than everyone else’s too, and his livestock is usually strained and sickly, so buyer beware or just stay away.

  9. T G says:

    To echo what others have said…sick, malnourished fish, overpriced, and really not interested in your money. Crazy enough, the guy who I’m assuming is the owner was in a shouting match with a customer as we were leaving! Crazy!

  10. marinegene says:

    Just stopped by the Centreville Aquarium to check them out. The place seems clean and well stocked but the prices are astronomical. The Discus tank they have is full of really sick fish, some priced over $50. The freshwater fish are not in very good health and they were very low on any saltwater stock, but the few tanks they had did not impress me at all. The guy there was not very friendly and did not seem to want to help me at all, but that’s okay, I was glad to leave.

  11. Brian says:

    HORRIBLE service. These people are rude and disrespectful. My one hundred pound wife picked up some RO water for me but the container was too heavy for her to carry. They REFUSED to help her to her car with the water. What kind of men won’t help a woman carry something. They have the same dry goods as big box stores, just a smaller selection. And their livestock is a joke, little of it, nothing unique, and somewhat overpriced. This place is a waste of time to visit.

    • Jordan says:

      I hope your wife is ok. Why can’t they stop being jerks for once in their life
      That was extremely rude of them >:(

  12. Beth says:

    The fish selection is small and a lot of their fish are sick. The merchandise is overpriced. They say they will “special order” you things they don’t have but they never follow through, this place is a joke.

    • Jordan says:

      If there is a fish you want you HAVE to buy the day you see it otherwise it won’t be there the next day they are limited on fish both fresh and salt water.And the prices..don’t even get me started on the prices,they had a lion fish for $50 and a yellow tang for $61, that’s right $ is that crazy or what I only get small cheap fish so if they die it won’t be a lot of money down the drain

  13. Kristen says:

    Centreville aquarium is great! Whether you just want to look at their selection or if you want to buy something, they have everything a novice would need to set up an aquarium. Their fish collection is amazing as they carry unique species not commonly found in other stores. The fish are extremely healthy as well.

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