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Soilwork

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Pets at Home in Oldham,
Unit 5 Elk Mill
Retail Park,
Broadway Royton,
Oldham,
OL2 5HX

Not too bad. Had lots of luck with fish I have purchased from there to the point where I'm questioning whether or not it's luck or whether they are actually well kept! Last batch of cardinals had whitespot though.

Good selection of tropical fish, snails and shrimp but cold water section is not great.

Plant selection is progressively getting better with new species coming all the time. They are normally very healthy too. Spent a lot of money in there on plants and staff are very helpful.

Again Maidenhead at Ashton is my other go to place. Staff friendly and very helpful. Good plant selection and can order in anything you like on their database.
 

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Update on the Abyss. There is a new member of staff who knows his plants. As a result they now have a very impressive selection of potted plants (Aquadip and Tropica) and culture pots (Tropica).

Took the 70 mile trip to a certain shop in Wrexham earlier this week; Abyss had the better selection of plants.
 

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I'm off to The Abyss on sunday for a scout around to see if they have any plants I like the look of, I'll report back sunday evening
 

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I always find The Abyss to be the best around for most stuff, unless your after a rare pleco/cory then Pier Aquatics is a great visit. Like others have said, they have recently got much better plants. I think last time I was there I got 3 big portions of monte carlo for around £6.

All the staff are great and if you speak to them they can normally attempt to get most things for you, whether it's fish/shrimp/plants. I wish they gave an employee a decently sized tank for a great planted aquascape though, could look stunning alongside their big reef.
 

radar

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Visited Water World in Altrincham today. Underwhelming. Plants were looking a bit unloved. Nice selection of Rift Valley cichlids.

Called in at Abyss on the way home. Heaving. Very very busy. Wonder when they'll open up their new room? Plants were top notch. I really should save myself time and effort and only visit here.

Visited Maidehead Ashton last week. It's had a bit of a revamp, plants were clean and healthy.
 

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Fishrooms Poynton, at the reopened and revamped Brookside Garden Centre. Small but well kept. Basic ranges of dry goods, good healthy tropical stock. Tropica plants.
Stocklists posted on their website. Miniature railway if you need to placate/bribe small people to visit another fish shop.

Abyss update: going from strength to strength. Bartek will happily order plants in for you (Thursday or Friday delivery). He knows his plants and will happily spend a long time talking plants. Very helpful chap. In stock plant range very clean and well cared for.
 

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The Aquarium at Cockfield's is no more. Now a children's petting birthday venue.
 

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As an addendum to NathanG's post. I agree with his analysis of Gordon Riggs, however, the branch in Rochdale has just had a make-over. The fish selection has improved (and the prices seem reasonable) - but still nothing special. They have also had a extremely large display tank delivered (about 4 meters long by 3 meters high) - which I think they are still considering what t to do with! The staff in the Littleborough branch do, however, seem much more knowledgeable, the range of fish is wider and the plant section is better, however, ironically for a garden center the plants remain poor.
 

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Can I resurrect this thread and see if anyone has updates on shops already listed or new ones?

I live near Warrington but happy to travel

The Abyss is somewhere I go regularly and it's a great shop but always keen to look around and find new places

Any suggestions for anywhere worth a visit in the North West (ideally not Pets at Home type shops, I hate those places!!)

Cheers
 

Imorpher

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Can I resurrect this thread and see if anyone has updates on shops already listed or new ones?

I live near Warrington but happy to travel

The Abyss is somewhere I go regularly and it's a great shop but always keen to look around and find new places

Any suggestions for anywhere worth a visit in the North West (ideally not Pets at Home type shops, I hate those places!!)

Cheers
Abyss is always my favorite, hell of a place that! But I'd always recommend Pier Aquatics up in Wigan if you haven't been before, they have some stunning fish in there.
 

ollyUK

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I love Abyss for fish. Expensive but stock is second to none! Some gorgeous BPT's and Khoolis in at the moment! I thought while they had a good range of plants they were a bit tired considering the prices they were asking!

Altrincham World of water is pretty good too. I would personally steer the hell away from P@h I'm afraid. I can find diseased fish every time I go and Stockport has seriously reduced their range thankfully as the quality of stock was poor at best. Before I new better I took home some neons and introduced saddleback to the tank. LOL, whenever I see staff questioning the public about fish husbandry I can't help but comment on sick fish I have just seen :D

Abyss Manchester has always had healthy stock but they are more marine. They use to buy Platties off me.

Need to check Pier but off to Gay life for some bogwood now me thinks :D
 

ollyUK

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ok I think WoW gone in to winter hybernation plants a bit sorry and no bogwood now :( Saddest thing is Gay life has gone!
 

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Try Gordon Riggs Walsden. They normally have a good selection of fish and the guys looking after them really seem to understand the fish. The plant selection is cheap but limited.
 

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