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I went to maidenhead Aquatics in London (Isleworth) today. The are selling 1" Bulu Point and kaiser for only £32 each. Apparently these are "large".

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Guys

I am sure noone will mind as this is only of interest in UK and wont effect the board sponsors but I bought some food from
http://www.ta-aquaculture.co.uk/. I am not sure if they are well know or not but they do seem to have a good range and decent prices. I have tried the spirulina flake and have been testing out NLS Cichlid formula from them. I must admit that reading the NLS Site in the US, the fawning over NLS founder Pablo Tepoot is a bit difficult to stomach but some of my trophs like the food. Some of them don't seem to have understood that it is food so I am still feeding Spirulina too. The fish that ignore the NLS eat the Spirulina
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<div class='quotetop'>QUOTE(marksp @ Jan 31 2009, 12:11 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}></div>
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I went to maidenhead Aquatics in London (Isleworth) today. The are selling 1" Bulu Point and kaiser for only £32 each. Apparently these are "large".

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ahh maidenhead aquatics 30% mark up more on there dry goods then anywhere else as well
i used to sell them my young when i was breeding ndole & murago
then all company policies changed i split up with the mrs had to sell the fish was told by maidenhead in fair oak that as a favour they would take my 45 adults off my hands but would not give me anything for them!

thanks maidenhead for the favour!

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<div class='quotetop'>QUOTE(rossco999 @ Feb 1 2009, 06:39 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}></div>
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<div class='quotetop'>QUOTE(marksp @ Jan 31 2009, 12:11 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
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I went to maidenhead Aquatics in London (Isleworth) today. The are selling 1" Bulu Point and kaiser for only £32 each. Apparently these are "large".

Doncha luv 'em


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ahh maidenhead aquatics 30% mark up more on there dry goods then anywhere else as well
i used to sell them my young when i was breeding ndole & murago
then all company policies changed i split up with the mrs had to sell the fish was told by maidenhead in fair oak that as a favour they would take my 45 adults off my hands but would not give me anything for them!

thanks maidenhead for the favour!


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i don't like em much been to nearly all the shops
they all the same
rude and expensive
stick to the lfs run by family
you know the ones who make you a cup of tea and know your name
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There are two that I have been to in London that I like

Ashford Aquatics out at Heathrow..........crappy building but the fish and tanks are good
Wholesale Tropicals in Bethnal Green Road - the owner and son are lively but they are extremely knowledgeable. They seem to specialise in Catfish and South and CA Cichlids but they will get anything for you that can be got. I have been going there for 20 years when I have been in the UK and even some of their dry goods are pretty good on price. They have always struck me as straight with their customers - they seem to have a clientèle that is much more knowledgeable than standard - I have met some really hardcore fish keepers lurking amongst their tanks

I had a heated debate in Maidenheads with their "African" expert. He told me that all Synodontis catfish were hybrids and that the species weren't true. This allowed the murky grey 7" thing he had in a display tank to be sold as a Synodontis Petricola....it had nothing about it that looked like Petricola. Wrong shape, twice the size, wrong head and a dull greay with some darker spots

To be fair to them, I have seen some of the staff trying very hard to discourage dads who didn't want to seem silly in front of their kids from buying 4 Oscars to go in a new tank or some of the big SA cichlid fry for community aquariums. I was shocked at how abusive and dismissive some of these people are with the guys working there. I guess the company choses to label species as "Community" without ever specifying what type of community they mean.

I hate t think how many dead Discus, malawis and Puffers there were out there. All kept in the wrong water and fed the wrong things........or how many fish have led a short life as someone has sold them a baby snakehead to keep their guppys company? I guess the great moneyspinner for people like Maidenheads is selling the tank, the filter and fish all on the same day plus the medications to treat the fish once they are sick

I don't suppose Practical Fishkeeping etc would like to start a campaign against the sales practices of their biggest advertisers do you ??
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I was looking for a $l tub of Matrix filter medium. Looks to be far superior to the Substrat pro - it is all about pore size and colonisation rates at different pore sizes. A significant proportion of the substrat pro surface area is in pore sizes that don't do much for colonisation

Anyway my old friend The Living Seas appeared on the list and I think these are all the same company

Premier aquatics
Biorb and Aquatic Supplies
Reefwise aquatics
The Living Seas
High peak Aquatics
Aquarium-Equipment.co.uk
1st4Aquatics
Capital Aquatics
Waterhome aquatics
Everything But Water

If you find someone and aren't sure, chech their returns policy against the one at premier aquatics. They didn't use a different CSS for that page. They all seem to use 0870 premium rate numbers for contacts
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<div class='quotetop'>QUOTE(marksp @ Feb 1 2009, 09:16 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}></div>
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There are two that I have been to in London that I like

Ashford Aquatics out at Heathrow..........crappy building but the fish and tanks are good
Wholesale Tropicals in Bethnal Green Road - the owner and son are lively but they are extremely knowledgeable. They seem to specialise in Catfish and South and CA Cichlids but they will get anything for you that can be got. I have been going there for 20 years when I have been in the UK and even some of their dry goods are pretty good on price. They have always struck me as straight with their customers - they seem to have a clientèle that is much more knowledgeable than standard - I have met some really hardcore fish keepers lurking amongst their tanks

I had a heated debate in Maidenheads with their "African" expert. He told me that all Synodontis catfish were hybrids and that the species weren't true. This allowed the murky grey 7" thing he had in a display tank to be sold as a Synodontis Petricola....it had nothing about it that looked like Petricola. Wrong shape, twice the size, wrong head and a dull greay with some darker spots

To be fair to them, I have seen some of the staff trying very hard to discourage dads who didn't want to seem silly in front of their kids from buying 4 Oscars to go in a new tank or some of the big SA cichlid fry for community aquariums. I was shocked at how abusive and dismissive some of these people are with the guys working there. I guess the company choses to label species as "Community" without ever specifying what type of community they mean.

I hate t think how many dead Discus, malawis and Puffers there were out there. All kept in the wrong water and fed the wrong things........or how many fish have led a short life as someone has sold them a baby snakehead to keep their guppys company? I guess the great moneyspinner for people like Maidenheads is selling the tank, the filter and fish all on the same day plus the medications to treat the fish once they are sick

I don't suppose Practical Fishkeeping etc would like to start a campaign against the sales practices of their biggest advertisers do you ??[/b]
wicked i use wholesale tropicals it's my lfs both the terrys are top blokes and always go the extra mile for you i used to bunk off school in the old basement that's how long i have been going to the shop for, i can't find anywhere better really apart from tan at rift aquatics for my tangs don't really trust any others that much to recommend them for fish
but for tanks and equipment get down to wickford aquatics for your second hand tanks and bits and bobs you can't go wrong
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I remember the old day there too.
Grandma sitting in the corner......I guess she must have passed away by now
and it was difficult seeing the fish past the tobacco smoke


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<div class='quotetop'>QUOTE(marksp @ Feb 1 2009, 01:50 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}></div>
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i picked up some fish from a guy recently it was a bit smokey in there too, didnt smell like tobaco smoke tho....hmmmmm

must be some sort of exotic air freshener for fish rooms

top fella tho!
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