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Old 01-23-2011, 09:53 AM   #21
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I wish Atlanta had more locally owned fish stores like you guys. My choices are petco and petsmart. Terrible tank conditions. Luckily no deaths yet... But you CANNOT take their advice! And there is this one locally owned fish store... But it's all saltwater and I have a freshwater tank... Anyone know of somewhere else?

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Old 02-01-2011, 11:58 AM   #22
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Got a few near me, But have to say that outsideinside aquatics is my favourite shop. Its a bit pricey but the fish are in top quality and the tanks are spotless.

I don't understand the latest PFK poll where they put East Lothian Aquatics as runner up as best shop in Scotland. HAVE YOU BEEN THERE!! what a dump. Went there last week and 75% of the tanks were empty with a notice saying "No fish due to weather poor weather." Its funny cause all the other shops tanks were jumping.Plus the presentation and customer service is terrible. Don't take this the wrong way but I think he wont be open this time next year. I think people are starting to notice his can't be bothered attitude and are taking business elsewhere.

To totalbeginner have you visited that new place called Discovery Aquatics in Dundee? Popped in there and the guy had some good fish at reasonable prices. Last time I was in House of Pisces I walk round the tanks and straight back out Wasn't to pleased with the way he house some of his fish. He had a 12 inch pacu in one of those little tanks the poor thing couldn't even move.

Our pets at home store is great to pick up bargains as they don't know what they are selling I got a pair of Golden Wonder Panchax which were about 3 inches in length for £3 they had them up as Guppies lol. Corydoras Rabauti £2 each in with bronze corries. There were others as well.

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Old 02-24-2011, 11:48 PM   #23
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Im from Glasgow, I only know of 4 and have used all 4. One at "the Barras", I think its called the Barracuda or something anyway that ones is great, a lot of selection and very ckean tanks. The other is just along the road from it at Glasgow Cross, it has decent selection but its an old guy and not the cleanest looking, the fish tank are has straw on the floor and some of the tanks are green with algae it's old fashioned looking like it hasnt changed since the 80s. The other one is in Bishopbriggs, think its called Bishopbriggs Aquatic, thats got ok selection and is a nice wee shop, very clean also sells a lot of birds and is very noisy. The other is Pets at home at Bishopbriggs retail park, its a good shop too, really clean, and great selection of fish, it has about 7 different kinds of tetras all for good prices 4 for £5 or 5 for £5, and most fish that fish shops sell.

I got my cory and a platy from bishopbriggs, my other platies from the dirty looking one at Glasgow cross, my scissortails from the one at the barras and my buenos aires tetras from the one at bishopbriggs retail park lol
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Old 03-04-2011, 03:22 AM   #24
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We've got a few on the isle of Wight. The one I first went to was pets at home because their tanks looked so clean. Everytime we bought fish from them, at least one would die. Now that I can recognise ill/ dying fish, their tanks are awful! There were four dead neon tetras in one tank, 3 dead goldfish in another tank, and there were even dead snails!! There's one called fins n tails, but their tanks are all browney, fish all have ragged fins or are sat on bottom with clamped fins. My favourite is starfish aquatics. They are amazing! Their tanks are spotless, I've never seen a dead or unhealthy fish there, the guy who owns it is full of advice and has lots of experience with fish (he showed us a newspaper clipping of him snorkelling in his tank at home because at the time it was the biggest tank in a home in England ).
The only thing I've ever had trouble with is him selling non aquatic plants as aquatic.
I'm really gutted because they've just announced that they're closing down by the end of this month I nearly cried when I found out!
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Well...first of all, I'm blown away this thread has lasted 8 years lol...secondly, we have the petco's and petsmart's dotted around my area...but we also have "the fish store" which is a cool little place! Very knowledgable an nice tanks, and healthy fish, and blue Sierra...it also has very beautiful fish (clear coloring) and very clean tanks...these two stores are just a little harder to get to...of course! They are well loved by aquarists in the Seattle area though!
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Old 03-13-2011, 04:50 PM   #26
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World Of Fishes at East Grinstead are simply excellent for livestock - avoid Dicker Aquatics at Lower Dicker as they seem to have more unfortunately unhealthy fish than they ought - the store at Millbrook garden centre Jarvis Brook is ok - all have fresh water and marine sections. My favourite is World Of Fishes at the moment.
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Old 03-13-2011, 05:58 PM   #27
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Re: LFS Stores near you

Hi, I'm new. Joined today

I have a few around me too. I live in Canada an hour north of Toronto in a city called Barrie.

I have 2 main LFS Petsmart, they're ok. Staff have some knowledge but never really the time to answer your questions. Tanks seem ok and their prices are fair for the trade. But my main one is Big Al's They have 2 rooms, A tank room and a fish room. Two separate staff sections too. So the Tank guys can really help you with set up, chemicals, food etc for both fresh and salt and the fish guys have all the livestock knowledge. They really help you with compatibilty, amounts per gallon, water conditions etc. They even have a 6ft marine tank, a five foot Malawi tank and a huge black tip shark tank. Big Al's also has the largest african cichlid selection I have seen yet
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Old 03-13-2011, 06:04 PM   #28
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If your in the uk and enjoy aquascaping try green machine aquatics (just type it in on google) there not far up the road from me and are absolutely awe inspiring there shop if you can call it that it's more like a gallery of aquascaping genius ( I do not work for this shop!!) well worth a look at there site! Some useful tips and journals! Also deliver auatic plants materials and co2 world wide
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i'm from denmark, and the fish store i use is located in the fifth largest city. i've been to other stores, but they're terrible. one sold me fish with whitespot decease and violated purchase-laws. although i havn't been purchasing fish or plants at other stores yet, i'm quite happy with the aquarium specialist / expert Fyns Aquarium Center. (Fyns Akvarie Centrum). although their prices are a bit higher, it's well given out. theres tonnes of fish that the other stores probably never heard of, they know oceans of the fish and they might just give you a discount if that's something you're after. i'd much rather support him than some huge chain that only deals with aquariums for the money that's apparantly in it.

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Old 04-09-2011, 12:31 PM   #30
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Just wondered over to World of fishes in east Grinstead for a look and a "hello" . . . I'm tempted by a lion fish they have in stock but I know the Mrs is 'disturbed' by them. . . Must . . . Fight . . . . The . . . Urge. .

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