Crystal Lake Aquatics is a retail provider of freshwater fish and more. In this section of our website, you will find some informative information on fish keeping and general knowledge.

African Cichlids - General Knowledge

Why Plecos Are So Fascinating

The Fish Hobby World


Crystal Lake Aquatics is owned and operated by Jim and Rebecca Avolio. They are located in Lake In The Hills, Illinois. Jim has extensive knowledge and experience in the fish and reptile industry. He started out in the hobby in 2007 and had a local fish store in southern Chicagoland. Unfortunately, after the economy crashed in 2009, he put his business on hold and focused on family. He met Rebecca and together have two beautiful children who equally share their fascination in nature and animals. They also grew a successful exotic reptile business specializing in Designer Ball Pythons and in 2018, their interest in restarting their passion for exotic fish heightened once again and they launched Crystal Lake Aquatics. It has quickly grown into a local favorite, and while they are not a brick and mortar retail store, they welcome the public and have many loyal customers in the greater Chicagoland area. They pride themselves on customer service, knowledge and selectively breeding healthy and beautiful specimens. Again, thank you for visiting.

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