Where to buy in the Midlands.

Discussion in 'Where to buy ...' started by Graeme Edwards, 26 Jun 2007.

  1. Graeme Edwards

    Graeme Edwards Founder Staff Member

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    Post your shops in the Midlands here, following the posting format in the announcement.

    Cheers,
    Graeme.
     
  2. Aeropars

    Aeropars Member

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    Leicester
    Shop name: Birstall Garden Centre

    Location: Birstall, Leicester

    Directions: Off the A46 and into birstall village.

    What they offer or specialise in: Tropica Plants, tropica substrate, tropica ferts

    Over all verdict of the shop: The only shop I know that has Tropica plants on display and carry good stock. For personalised orders they order on a monday and stock arrives on a thursday. Online orders also available.

    Website: http://www.birstall.co.uk
     
  3. SuperColey1

    SuperColey1 Member

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    Lincoln UK
    Shop name: Maidenhead Aquatics

    Location: Whisby, Lincoln

    Directions: Off the A46 towards Whisby and 200 yards on the left is Whisby Garden Centre. Maidenhead Aquatics is inside the garden centre building.

    What they offer or specialise in: Mainly fish and equipment but 4 very full cascades of plants.

    Over all verdict of the shop: Only been round once as I only discovered it the other day but huge amount of fish and the plants look very healthy. Also a large pond section.
     
  4. ulster exile

    ulster exile Member

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    CO2 refills (Fire Extinguishers) in Birmingham

    They refilled my 2KG Fire Extinguisher for £2! A reconditioned bottle will apparently go for around £20, and they've sold about 10 bottles to Shirley Aquatics only last week apparently.

    Address: Units 1-6 Clifton Road Industrial Estate, Clifton Road, Balsall Heath, Birmingham, B12 8SX, UK
    Telephone: 0121-440 4737
    Fax: 0121-440 2480

    HTH!
     
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  5. Dave Spencer

    Dave Spencer Member

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    CO2 Supplier: Bryland Fire Protection ltd.

    Location: Unit 3, Peartree Lane, Dudley, W. Midlands, DY2 0QY. tel. 01384 573301.

    Service: They charge £25 for a full 3kg cylinder and £30 for a full 5kg cylinder. A 3kg refill costs £5.20.
     
  6. Dave Spencer

    Dave Spencer Member

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    N. Wales
    CO2 Supplier: Ocean Commotion.

    Location: 210 Clarendon Park Road, Leicester. Tel: 0116 2448382.

    Service: £16 for 2kg of CO2. There is a one week turn round for a refill, operating from Tuesday - Tuesday.
     
  7. ulster exile

    ulster exile Member

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    Location:
    Birmingham, UK
    Wood/Rocks

    Ripples @ Wyevale Garden Centre (aka Fosters) at Shenstone, Nr Lichfield

    They do a lot of nice wood - some extra large (say a metre long) and interesting bits of Mopani in their display tanks above where the plants are (just don't look at the plants folks).

    The have some lovely smallish bits of really branchy wood - lots of branches and very interesting shapes.

    They have pagoda and dragon stone which is perfect for an iwagumi, some red stone also small/medium in size. Flat slate and other interesting bits.

    Unfortunately the pagoda/dragon stone is just too small for me, but it's so rare to see stuff ready for a new aquascape that I just had to post the location.
     
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  8. SuperColey1

    SuperColey1 Member

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    Lincoln UK
    The Aquarium

    Off Outer Circle Road (road next to Charles Warner) Lincoln

    Last time I went in there was a year ago and it had only just opened. basically a bare shop with tanks of fish and supplies.

    Went in yesterday (I live near there now) and they have Tropica plants galore and said if I asked them on Fridays they could order what I wanted. Yippee. Bought some more Wendtii Green (that were suffering crypt rot) as the owner said I could have them for £1.50 each. Bargain

    Shop looks good now too. Great selection from Marine to Brackish to Freshwater. Planted Tanks. Good Selection of natural decor (wood/rocks)

    The stunning bit for me was watching the seahorse for half an hour (and I hate the look of marine tanks. lol)

    Andy
     
  9. ulster exile

    ulster exile Member

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    This reminds me of a good shop I visited last weekend.

    Coxwell Aquatics, in Albrighton Nr Cosford

    It's only new, but appears to have good beginnings. The wood they had was amazing - large branchy bits that would have filled my 200 litre tank. Also Aquascaping rock, and planty products.

    The selection fo fish was amazing too - plenty of fish suitable for nano aquariums, like ember tetras, boraras brigittae and other boraras. Staff are friendly and very knowledgable (for the cory enthusiasts, Ian Fuller works there and there were probably about 20 varieties of cory on show).
     
  10. Lozbug

    Lozbug Member

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    anyone use shirley aquatics?? ive been there once when was up that way - was quite impressed.
     
  11. ulster exile

    ulster exile Member

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    Went there two weeks ago. Let's just say the plants that were there (Tropica I believe) were mostly dead or dying. A very poor show. The rest is best left to a pm I think!
     
  12. john starkey

    john starkey Member

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    worcester
    I agree the store has gone right down hill, i think it could do with a refit,regards john
     
  13. Mr G

    Mr G Newly Registered

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    Whitwick (Nr Leicester)
    Visited Birstall Garden centre and Maidenhead aquatics Stapleton (Nr Hinckley) this weekend.

    Birstall:
    Spoke to one of the staff and told him about UKAPS. Mentioned about having some flyers in the shop. He seemed quite interested, so hopefully he'll be visiting the site/forum shortly and helping to promote UKAPS in the store.

    They have Tropica PN, PN+ & substrate in store and will be keeping it in stock. Didn't see anything in the way of pressurised CO2 though.

    Not much in the way of drift/bog wood. A selection of 'coloured' mopani wood, stained with various shades of red, blue and green :rolleyes:


    Maidenhead Aquatics Stapleton:
    One of the staff commented that they are going to be stocking a wider range of JBL plant products, including substrate and ferts.
    I'll need to go back there in a week or so to swap some CO2 bottles over, so I'll drop them in a few UKAPS flyers.

    A limited amount of drift/bog wood and rocks. I think they are expecting more in soon.

    Al
     
  14. aaronnorth

    aaronnorth Member

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    Location:
    worksop, nottinghamshire
    Shop name: Maidenhead Aquaics

    Location: Dukeries Garden Centre, Welbeck, Worksop, Nottinghamshire, S80 3LW

    What they offer or specialise in: Aquarium plants & African Cichlids

    Over all verdict of the shop:
    An excellent shop with very friendly & helpful staff, they will not sell you anything if the plant or fish requires anything like an aggressive fish... I would definatley reccomend this place.
     
  15. Gill

    Gill Member

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    Location:
    Stenson Fields South Derby
    Shop name: R+S Aquatics

    Location: Coventry Pool Meadow Bus Staion

    Directions: Just Google map it and its easy to get to on the A444 sign posted City Centre.

    What they offer or specialise in: General bread and Butter Cold/Tropical Community Fish. Starting to branch out into Cichlids more and Dwarf Cichlids. Reptiles and Hermit Crabs. Also Tortoises.

    Over all verdict of the shop: Very Good and Prices are excellent, gives you an honest answer and is very knowlegdable.
     
  16. Aeropars

    Aeropars Member

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    CO2 Suppliers in Nottingham

    Both these companies are based in Nottingham and they supply, retest
    and fill cylinders.

    - Gas Container Services Ltd. - 0115 9577778
    - Jackson-Keay limited - 0115 9617113
     
  17. johnny70

    johnny70 Member

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    Location:
    Bakewell, Derbsyhire
    Wharf Aquatics Ltd,
    65 - 67 Wharf Road,
    Pinxton,
    Notts.
    NG16 6LH
    http://www.wharfaquatics.co.uk/

    Telephone: (01773) 861255

    Dry Goods 9/10
    Marines 10/10
    Coldwater 10/10
    Tropicals 10/10
    Plants5/10

    This is probably the best fish shop I have visited, I have been on several occasions now with Jo, each time I’m more and more impressed with the selection of fish and dedication of the staff to help and deliver the service we all want.

    Onsite tank making facilities are stunning, we were lucky enough to get a show round of this to look at where they make all the tanks and cabinets, some of the stuff is breathtaking, quality is second to none.

    Marine and coldwater have dedicated rooms to each, I don’t know much about these, but the tanks are always clean and stocked with what looks like healthy fish.

    Dry goods, they have a wide range of filters, heaters etc, etc for all budgets, from the cheapest sponge filter to the top end Ehiems etc. Great range of foods including live and frozen, plenty of variety on the dry foods side too.

    Plants are generally ok, but I’m generally unimpressed with the quality, sell non aquatic plants too.

    Tropical fish, many day to day fish, massive selection of Mbuna and Tangs. Oddballs will literally pop your eyes out with an impressive selection, including a massive 1500gal(i think) show tank full of big tankbuster fish. Great selection of South American cichlids and plecs including some rarer specimens. Ricahrd is the main tropical man, his knowledge is huge and doesn't mind taking the time to talk to customers about their fish selection and when he gets it wrong he is happy to learn something new:)

    All together a pretty great place, tropical section is being overhauled soon, I got to see some of the new MASSIVE corner tanks being made:D

    JOHNNY
     
  18. Ed Seeley

    Ed Seeley Member

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    Gratts (Paul) found this CO2 supplier to refill his FE in Nottingham.

     
  19. Wolfenrook

    Wolfenrook Member

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    West Midlands UK
    As they haven't been listed yet, and it's the only store in my area I can reach (public transport, on foot or by taxi):-

    Hollybush Garden Centre and Aquatics
    500 yards from J11 of the M6, on the A462.

    Plants: frankly they are rubbish for plants, mainly as the tanks they keep them in are poorly lit so the plants all look half dead, they also sell a lot of plants that aren't true aquatics, like dracena. Annoying really as the same plants are in pots in their house plant section.

    Equipment: A good selection, including some very nice tanks. Some of their prices seem a little high, but this is compared to internet prices.

    FIsh: A good range of livestock, including a coldwater section (including Axlotls), rift lake cichlid section, marine and invertebrate section and of late they have also been stocking quite a few different kinds of freshwater invertebrate, including cherry shrimp, long claw shrimp and bamboo filter shrimp. The livestock I have purchased from here has always been very healthy, and thrived in my aquarium, including my powder blue dwarf gourami. They quarantine all new arrivals in situ.

    If you have kids, the miniature train ride is fun, but if you are as big as me (6'5" tall and weigh about 19 stone) it becomes more of a thrill ride as you feel like it's going to tip over at any second. :lol: The staff are the usual mix of people who have never even kept a goldfish, and people who can guess what you are doing just from looking at what you are buying. They tend not to give dodgy advice though, I was present once when they refused to sell angelfish to a lady who was also buying small neon tetras.

    In summary: For livestock they are great, for equipment they are ok, for plants you'd do better going elsewhere.

    Ade
     
  20. sanj

    sanj Member

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    I have and to be honest, while the place is big I think they have gone downhill. For such a large place they do not have the level of equipment that one would expect for specialising i.e the planted tank, where is their t5 tubes? actually I think they may have started to stock the Hagens.

    The biggest criticism i have is some of the staff they employ, people who seem to have very little knowledge. Not all off them, but some i have been served by people who were well below par. I understand it could be difficult to get the staff, but aquatics outlets are supposed to be professional (IMO) not Tescos.

    Maidenhead Aquatics(Earlswood)have got it much better, they actually employ people who know thier stuff and and the store is well presented and stocked.

    I tend to go to Coventry Aquatics largley for my euipment, the people there are dedicated and very competitive on price. The livestock is limited compared to Shirely or Maidenhead outlets.

    I am disappointed with Shirely aquatics(the main branch), find it a bit shoddy at the moment, when it could be an excellent place.

    Sorry, but i should tell the truth as i see it.
     

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