Largest Aquarium Store In North America Closes

by | Apr 19, 2014 | Equipment, Fish, Opinion, Tanks | 4 comments

Allfish Emporium, located in Tamarac, Florida, closed its doors on March 30, 2014. It was the largest aquarium-only retail store in North America.

Allfish Emporium Shark Tank

Allfish Emporium Shark Tank

The store opened in mid 2000’s as a Big Al’s Aquarium location, it later changed to Allfish Emporium in 2010. There are unconfirmed reports that several of the large aquarium displays are being moved to a local Miami Zoo. Known for its large and elaborate aquarium displays, it was a destination for many aquarium hobbyists and visitors alike in South Florida.all fish 4  In such a large store with high overhead, the aquarium-only format seems to have been untenable.  The chain still remains alive with two other South Florida stores, Allpets Emporium. These full line pet stores both feature an impressive 3000 gallon shark tank as a centerpiece. MORE


  • Francis Yupangco

    Francis is a marine biologist with an MBA and over 20 years of professional aquarium experience. Francis is the former Aquatic Development Manager at Hagen USA., makers of Fluval brand aquarium products. He co-stars on Nat Geo WILD's reality TV series Fish Tank Kings where he is the resident "Fish Geek" and was Director of Marketing at Living Color Aquariums. He is an avid explorer having visited over 45 countries and lived in 7. At 17, he was among the youngest aquarists ever hired by the Vancouver Aquarium, where he worked for 7 years. His aquatic biology experience ranges from larval fish rearing to the design, construction and operational management of renowned public aquariums around the world. Francis is currently head of marketing at the world's largest vertically integrated fish farming company.


  1. Sandra Barnes

    So sad….

  2. Jared Richter

    Used to work there. It was sad to see it go. Now I need to start making my own water. That’s the saddest part

  3. Trevor Jones

    Is there a reason why it closed?


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