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UK Fish Store Directory

Discussion in 'Tropical Discussion' started by bunjiweb, Jul 30, 2004.

  1. Sirfeckalot

    Sirfeckalot Member

    Mar 25, 2011
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    North Wales TF store

    Ive not live in North Wales for very long, i used to live 9 mile from Wharf Aquatics; fish heaven in my eyes, a amazing place that i no longer can buy my fish from, its just to far to travel.

    So now I'm looking for a local TF store in North Wales that can come close to matching Wharf Aqautics.
    I've tried:

    Maidenhead Aquatics, at Morton. Wasn't impressed at all.
    Pets At Home,at Wrexham. Not going to even go over that one.
    Jay Dee Aquatics, at llay. A nice selection but poor quality stock, unexplained deaths from purchases and in store.
    Waterways, at Holt.I tend not to make a habit of buying fish from places that have no issues over selling diseased fish to unsuspecting customers.
    There's a place in northwich, but i cant for the life of me remember its name.heathly fish but very little choice, just bread and butter thats it.

    I've heard there are some good places in Bolton, but also found conflicting reviews, so not sure what to think.

    Can anyone recommend any were in North Wales near Wrexham that comes close to somewhere like Wharf Aquatics.
  2. Hypnotoad

    Hypnotoad Member

    Apr 16, 2011
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    Just thought Id put my local ones in

    Maidenhead Aquatics
    Brigg Garden Centre
    Bigby High Road
    DN20 9HE

    Variety - 7 - Good range of standard fish, nothing that you wouldnt find anywhere else though
    Quality - 8 - Never seen a issue with the fish
    Staff - 5 - Takes forever to get someone to help you out (busy shop with only 3 employees) and Im still waiting for a part off them from 4 months ago.

    Just Fish - http://justfish.vpweb.co.uk
    Silica Lodge Garden Centre
    8 Scotter Road South
    DN17 2BN
    Variety - 8 - Good mix of average and rare fish
    Quality - 8 - All look in top condition and the Plec I have from there has had no problems
    Staff - 10 - Everytime I go, even for a look round I stay and have a good long chat with the people there. Still asking how the plec is everytime and keen to pass on any info

    Ive noticed nobody is mentioning Pets at home, The one near us had 2 tanks full of dead fish and has just recently had all its tanks ripped out to upgrade it as it was disgusting
  3. KkAaNnEe

    KkAaNnEe Apistogramma Macmasteri

    May 4, 2010
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    Aquatic Design Centre
    107-109 Great Portland Street
    London W1W 6QG

    Variety - 10 - Marines, freshwater, coldwater and designated cichlids section, what more can you want?
    Quality - 10 - Very well maintained, never had a bad fish
    Staff - 7 - Can get busy, hard to get served

    Can be a bit pricey though, but Quality is excellent so it balances out
  4. hoyfoys

    hoyfoys Member

    Apr 29, 2011
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    The Water Garden
    Hinton Parva, Swindon, Wiltshire. SN4 0DH
    01793 790558

    Variety - 9 - A smaller collection than some of the big chains but they do have some more interesting species.
    Quality - 10 - Clearly well looked after and cared for, new stock are quarantined for 2 weeks before being available for sale.
    Staff - 10 - small family owned business and the main aquarium guy, Ben, has qualifications, is friendly, helpful and offers great advice.

    Of the 4 Swindon based stores I found this to be the best for fish, though they have less equipment. A little out of town but well worth the visit.
  5. jenjen_82

    jenjen_82 Member

    Jan 6, 2012
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    What happened to yorkshire? Lol
  6. jbrock

    jbrock Member

    May 23, 2011
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    Abbey tropicals. waltham Abbey Essex

    variety 9. newly opened shop but great quality fish, low prices and very clean.
    quality 10
    staff 10 very helpful and has a lot of knowledge
  7. mrlewis1978

    mrlewis1978 Member

    Jan 16, 2012
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    My experiences of LFS in the Barry/Cardiff area:

    Barry Pet Shop
    Variety/Selection: 6. Being quite small and local there is a good variety for its size, but cant be compared to larger stores.
    Cleanliness and quality: 10. Never seen a dead or sick fish, water clean, active well fed fish. Good prices.
    Staff friendlyness and knowledge: 10/6 10 being if the full time guy is working he is excellent, 6 being sometimes you get one of the part time staff who arent up there.

    Maidenhead Aquatics
    Wenvoe and Radyr
    Variety/Selection:10. Wenvoe has a huge selection of fish, cold, and tropical. Radyr has a ridiculously large selection including marine..
    Cleanliness and quality: 5. Although the water and tanks look clean there are a fair number of dead/sick fish. Bought 3 batches of fish there and twice brought white spot.
    Staff friendlyness and knowledge: 6. Staff can be hit or miss since a lot work there. I have had very friendly and knowledgeablee or people ignore me.

    Penarth Road Cardiff
    Variety/Selection: 9. Not the biggest selection but what they have is very colourful and interesting. A little more expensive.
    Cleanliness and quality: 10. No sick fish, healthy, well looked after, no dirt.
    Staff friendlyness and knowledge: 10. Really friendly spend loads of time with you even if they are busy.
  8. gillicous

    gillicous Member

    May 22, 2011
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    Maidenhead Aquatics@Truro
    Carnon downs garden centre

    variety 9
    quality 9
    staff 9

    very clean very healthy fish great Amazon morning display with mist across the water
  9. tomtomtom1230

    tomtomtom1230 Member

    Apr 10, 2012
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    West Midlands, UK
    Ripples Waterlife
    Unit B2, Stafford Park 11
    TF3 3AY
    01952 200199

    Variety: 6
    Quality: 8 (the odd casualty on delivery days)
    Staff: 7

    Marine fish are pretty limited but there variety on tropicals is more than enough. They cater for most species and are always willing to ship specific fish in if need be. Their staff are always helpful and know more than just the basics. They refuse to sell bowls (other than the BioOrbs) and offer helpful advice. If they don't know, they've referred me to books, DVDs, Tele programmes and even this forum before now. The staff all have common sense which is nice :p
  10. willowstwin

    willowstwin Member

    Jun 28, 2011
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    South Yorkshire, UK
    Here is a new store opening up in Doncaster (well, it was already open, but run down. Someone has taken it over from the nursery)

    I'll be visiting some time next week but for now, here's a link:


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