I live in the Boston area and was looking for rare multi-colored Bubble Tip Anemones at a good price. I came upon Coral Collection online. I was hesitant to order from a store across the country that I have never heard of, to have them ship a sensitive animal like a BTA. After reading the glowing reviews here on Yelp I took a deep breath and pulled the trigger. Coral Collection shipped the BTA on the day I requested, answered my emails same day and sent me a beautiful, healthy BTA that looked like the pictures online at a good price! I am very pleased and plan on doing business with them again.
I am fairly new to the hobby, went from a 16 gallon tank that was supposed to be a present for my son, to a 46 gallon. I learned fairly quickly I love bubble tip anemones, and literally searched the country for the nicest I could find. The nicest anemones I have ever laid eyes on, at least in pictures, were at the Coral Collection. I live in Miami, FL, but the staff at the Coral Collection took the time to answer all my questions, even some of the dumber ones. They were friendly, informative and very helpful. I ended up purchasing the Inferno AND Flame bubble tip anemones, and they shipped them fast and well packaged to me overnight. I couldn't believe how incredible they looked when I first put them in my tank, better than in the pictures! Thank you Coral Collection for an amazing product and amazing service, I almost wish I lived local to your location. I look forward to doing business in the future!
Orange County residents sure are lucky to have Coral Collection in the area. Luckily for the rest of the country they ship and are good at it. I was able to get a "flame tip" and "Inferno" BTA shipped to me. They are as vibrant in my tank as they are on the web page and arrived in perfect health. Looking forward to ordering a couple other color morphs. Buy with confidence if you need to have them ship. Personal customer service that is second to none has secured my future business.
Just visited Coral Collection this past Sunday, and I must say it was the BEST experience I have ever had at a fish store. The wife and I are setting up our first reef tank and Matt at Coral Collection was PHENOMENAL!!! He was more than happy to answer all of my questions and give me some great advice on starting our system. Never once did I feel rushed or pressured into purchasing anything (we did pick up our live rock and salt and plan on going back for all of our reef tank needs). If you want personal friendly service this is the place to go to. The store is clean and well kept, fish, corals everything look healthy.
One of my favorite stores!great Costumer service,the owner is very friendly friendly and knowledgeable ,amazing selection of corals and fish and very good prices!everything I buy from this guy from corals to fish to dry goods is all amazing and has worked out really good for me.highly recommend this store to anyone in the hobby !!!
By far my favorite place. everything is healthy and clean and all at a reasonable price. the staff is very friendly and helpful especially the owner matt! Large variety to choose from and very easy items to find. they'll even order a specific fish i want if they dont have it in stock. thanks a lot coral collection
Coral Collection is a great store. I have been going to them every since they opened, I'm at the store at least once a week. They normal get new inventory on Monday or Tuesday, so call and get the best stuff first. I have gotten many gems from them including a cheveron tang, flame wrasses and many limited edition coral. Their live stock is healthier and cheaper then there competition.
First off, The owners Matt & Mark are extremely knowledgeable. They have been in the coral business for many years, and they know their stuff, They are true hobbyist, who are not just looking to turn a fast buck.
I have been to many tropical fish stores in the OC area, and Coral Collection ranks among the best. They have a very large selection of LE SPS, Chalice's, and one of the finest selection of LE Palys/Zoas I have ever seen.
They also get in a very exotic line of fish from time to time, that you just can't find at any other fish store.
They also carry high quality RO saltwater, as well as dry goods. I will continue to shop a Coral Collection because their selection and prices can not be beat.
Great coral and fish store. I've been to about 5-6 tropical fish stores in oc/la area and I'm definitely coming back to this place for my next batch. This store has more variety of high-end coral than any other store I've been to. So if your thinking about buying some coral online, I suggest you check out this place first to save the shipping costs.
Bought a beautiful zoa and shroom to start off my first 6g tank. Zoa's were very healthy, they fully opened up within 1 hr of them being in the water. I was very lucky to get a brittle starfish under my shroom, so that was a happy surprise. I'll definitely be returning to pick up some of those LA Lakers zoa.
Just left that store with the healthiest clowns and an urchin... Along with other top offs that typically drain every aquarium enthusiasts wallet. But i felt good knowing that i bought healthy stuff.
The guys are super nice and super chill. lets see how things go but I'm pretty sure I'm heading there next week. I better start turning tricks to keep up with this habit.
I am pretty serious about my reef aquariums like most of you in the hobby, but a lot of the time I feel like I am just dealing with someone who has been put in charge of a store section and they are there to sell you. Not in this case!
I met Mark and Matt (owners) of Coral Collection at reef-a-palooza 2012 while looking into purchasing some of those rare finds. They had some great corals!!!
While talking with them, they told us to come visit their shop in OC, and I did. I have to tell you... "I have a new place to get my corals!" Both Matt and Mark were very cool guys! To tell you the truth, I found myself feeling like I was hanging out with my buddies at a cool local reef shop. They were that cool! No hard sales, just two fellow reefers who are excited about the hobby as much as I am.
If you are looking for a really cool store, especially if you are looking for coral frags, this would be it! They are very knowledgable, and with great prices for your reefing needs.
Check them out! You'll be glad you did.
Ordered an anemone and some corals! All came extremely healthy, my anemone is doing extremely well and it's only been 10 minutes since I put him in and he has already made himself comfortable and bubbled up! THANK YOU SO MUCH! And they threw in a free frag for the long wait because of the heat:/ I was emailing everyday lol, and they were very quick to reply lol thanks again!
Coral collection is the best fish store in orange county. Their service and staff is great! Matt & Mark know pretty much everything there is to know about this hobby. They have very fair and reasonable prices. They have a great selection of livestock and rare items as well. Matt & Mark are always more than willing to help out with any tank issues and even test my water levels for free. We recommend this store to everyone. Also, coral collection is kind and willing to help unlike Tongs.
We are very happy to be customers of coral collection on a weekly basis.
Coral collection has a great selection of salt water fish and an amazing collection of coral! Matt and crew and very knowledgable and open to answering questions from any customer, including the novice salt water tank hobbyist. If the store isn't convenient for you, go to their website and order stuff: CoralCollection.net, because they'll mail to you! The store is clean and well maintained--the fish are thoroughly cleaned before they are displayed and the workers are diligently monitoring the fish tank and coral tank conditions. Obviously, they also sell fish and coral food, materials to sustain your aquarium, and Matt even offered to order us anything we might need in the future.
Mail ordered a flame tip anemone and although it was a little small, the colors were crazy flourescent!!! Thanks for a smooth sight unseen transaction.
I actually found this place by accident when I was going to eat at the restaurant next door. My business partner has a saltwater tank in his office, so I figured I would go in and see what's doing. The guy behind the desk was so helpful and filled with knowledge, it was great. Then I asked if he was the owner and he said yes. What more can you ask for than the owner of the business working there himself? Its great because he took obvious pride in his chosen field and spent time with me explaining things even though I know very little about fish.
Best LFS, and I troll them all. This store is by far the cleanest with very healthy livestock. Helpful, friendly staff who took time to answer questions and make lighting suggestions without trying to sell me anything. Well worth the drive from South County. This store has won my loyalty.
Excellent coral selection, affordable prices, clean store, super chill and knowledgeable owner/staff. I've been to several fish stores in Long Beach, OC, and San Diego area and Coral Collection is definitely one of my favorites for corals and saltwater fish.
I just got done building my first aquarium set up and let me tell you unless your spending more than $2,000 in one particular store, no one will give you the time of day To help you get started! As soon as I step into Coral Collections, Matt one of the store owners help me out great, he was really helpful gave me lots of advice and has been walking me step by step through the building of my first aquarium!:) I can tell you from what I have experience that I have not felt more welcome in any other store than this one, they have a great variety of frags, corals and fish and they look in great condition. I highly recommend this shop, as this has know become my one stop shop for all my aquarium needs!
This place is awesome !! They take amazing care of their coral & have a great selection. The employees are the best, anything you would like to know about or have questions about they are more then happy to help. Very friendly welcoming shop.
I was introduce to Coral Collection from a friend of mine a while back when I first started out with my salt water tank. Since then I have been going back to get my supplies and water (both salt and R/O). Matt was very helpful when I came in asking for solution for my algae problem. What he recommended definitely helped my issue. Overall this place is very clean. All the fishes and coral looks very healthy. I would definitely recommend this place over other fish stores around the area.
Seriously, Matt and the team at Coral Collection has changed the game for Hobby. The customer service is amazing!! for instance I purchased a couple of fishes they held them for 3 weeks while my tank finished cycling. Try to ask any other local stores to do that. The store is clean not cluttered and their prices are beyond fair unlike Tongs a local Fish Store a few miles down. You can tell every live stock there is well taken care of and healthy. Matt and the team provide an experience and knowledge every time I visit. I do not get the impression that they are just trying to turn inventory unlike Tongs(or few others around). A little tip If you are looking for hardware that they do not have in store, just check out marinedepot or amazon and let the guys know what you want and they can get it in the store by the next day. Saves you on shipping and helps support the local store. I have bought over 12 frags, 2 fishes, and clean up crew; its been about a few months and everything is looking great and growing.