Staff member
Columbia, SC
Hey everyone on! We are new here but this is our 16th anniversary this month. Please checkout our site if you are not familiar with us and let us know what you think. We offer 5 times rewards on most items and free shipping on dry goods orders over $99.00 and free shipping on livestock orders over $250.00.

About us...

Aquarium Specialty began as an interest more than 25 years ago when I graduated from College with a degree in Biology. My first job found me in Richmond, VA and within one month of receiving my first measly paycheck. I trekked out and bought a 55-gallon salt water fish tank, 2" x 4" stand and some starter fish (under gravel sold separately). After the tank was cycled, I picked up a maroon clown and a yellow tang. Within 4 months I realized that a fish only tank wasn't going to be enough, so I began learning more about how to keep corals alive in captivity. Like a lot of newbies, I started with green star polyps, leather corals and mushrooms.

About twelve moves later, I found my wife-to-be in Charlotte, North Carolina. We picked up our things (two 55-gallon tanks, livestock and water) and moved to the hottest place on the planet, Columbia, South Carolina (or so it seems). Over the years, the tanks seemed to propagate much like the corals. From the hobby grew a personal passion and later, a business.

Aquarium Specialty is committed to the salt water aquarium enthusiast and your success. Please contact us if you have any questions. Our Main Office Phone Number is 803-788-4445 and we are available (Monday - Thursday, 9am - 6:30pm, Friday 9am - 5:30PM and Saturday from 12:00pm - 5:00pm. We would love to hear your comments and feedback. If you have any special requests then let us know and we will try our best to accommodate you. We share your passion and we are here to help.

Scott Groseclose


Aquarium Specialty Inc. is dedicated to its continuous support of all communities within our diverse industry. We welcome everyone to our business regardless of their race, color, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, age, national origin, physical ability, or political affiliation. Aquarium Specialty stands against discrimination and strives to promote a safe and inclusive space for all members of the marine aquarium community.

Inclusion and diversity are vital for any organization, business, or industry to run successfully.

Diversity in our industry has enabled hobbyists, retailers, livestock suppliers, and product manufacturers alike to enjoy aquarium keeping, a passion which has brought individuals from different walks of life together.

Supporting an inclusive and diverse industry takes deliberate action by everyone. This support of inclusivity and diversity furthers our goals to encourage the ethical growth of the marine aquarium hobby, not only by promoting best practices within the trade but also by embracing the diversity of those who share a love for keeping marine aquaria.