Many of our usual fishy haunts have lost some of their luster over the past few years. And these are places that didn't start out with much luster. Tropical fish stores tend to be crowded, cramped, humid, dark places. Then we came across one of our old favorites, House of Tropicals down in Glen Burnie. Yes, it's crowded, cramped, humid, and dark, but those crowds are families, full of kids going "wow" at all the colorful, unusual, beautiful critters. They've got freshwater fish here, of course--tetras, rainbows, cichlids, livebearers, piranhas (for those with an inferiority complex)--and also lots of their pricier saltwater cousins. There are also reptiles and amphibians and enough equipment and food to sink a medium-sized vessel. And House of Tropicals is right on the light-rail line, perfect for those without medium-sized vessels with which to transport themselves.