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Old 11-17-2011, 11:53 AM   #1
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Pets at Home (UK nationwide pet store)

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I was wondering what everyone's thoughts were on Pets at Home when compared to Aquarium specialists?

For me, they always seem friendly but knowledge levels seem poor (especially after reading some of the posts and articles on here) and I have seen many tanks with dead fish in and none of the staff bothering to remove them.

Of course my experience is of only a few different stores around West Yorkshire so I'd be interested to hear what everyone on here thinks?
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Old 11-19-2011, 02:05 PM   #2
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I live in Plymouth and I can say I would never buy fish from them it is disgusting how they treat them but I would buy there plants I have a few now, it is also way to expensive I recommend going to madienhead aquatics mine is brilliant and friendly but its down to person opinion
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Old 11-20-2011, 01:47 PM   #3
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Cheers Rich,

It matches my experience too. The amount of dead fish i've seen in their tanks is a disgrace.

I've found a decent indie dealer up here, it's a bit more of a drive definitely worth it
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I no exactly what you mean the tanks down here in pets at home are covered in dead fish and the worst thing is they don't even try and get them out its disgusting but I am lucky we actually have a couple really good lfs especially my maidenhead aquatics its amazing the bloke is a very good friend of mine
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Old 11-24-2011, 08:53 AM   #5
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The Pets at Home in York seems ok and some staff are knowledgeable. However, Maidenhead Aquatics at York are very good indeed with friendly and knowledgeable staff. We've bought all our fish there. An experienced friend had visited 12 shops around York and says that Maidenhead are the best by far. Tanks are clean, fish healthy and stock turns over.
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Hi all. I agree with some respect regarding some Pah. From experience I can honestly say the majority of pets at home do have specialists there on certain days of the week, and a few of the their stores are genuine aquatic centres, I know of a few people who work there and they are all OATA. Trained.
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That's interesting about the specialists at POH. I guess I may have been in on their days off....or after they finish as I have normally been just before closing.

Where abouts is the Maidenhead aquatics in York? Sounds like it's worth a visit.
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I can't account for all of the stores, but the few I have been to do have trained staff.
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Does anyone have any advice on keeping " super vc-10 hap" cichlids. I don't know of anyone who has first hand experience with them so any advice would be greatly appreciated. Thanks again.
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Hi all. I agree with some respect regarding some Pah. From experience I can honestly say the majority of pets at home do have specialists there on certain days of the week, and a few of the their stores are genuine aquatic centres, I know of a few people who work there and they are all OATA. Trained.
That's weird after reading this I rang two pets at home near me and asked about this and they said they don't have specialists
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