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fido19
04-03-2012, 06:21 PM
So guys i am interested to know what your favourite store is in BC
so i am making a poll

Aquattro
04-03-2012, 06:23 PM
I don't see a poll....?

fido19
04-03-2012, 06:25 PM
I don't see a poll....?

Thats cause i was making one
it should be up now

Snaz
04-03-2012, 06:27 PM
Where is Oceanic Corals?

fido19
04-03-2012, 06:28 PM
Hey if i missed any leave their name in the comments i will tally them when the poll ends and give you guys a total for whatever store i missed

NU-2reef
04-03-2012, 06:46 PM
Where is Oceanic Corals?

+1

fido19
04-03-2012, 06:47 PM
+1

yes please continue this trend for any stores i missed
i promise to tally them and give you guys the total

Lampshade
04-03-2012, 08:15 PM
OC for coral for sure, JL for equipment/CUC, and I tend to browse for fish

VFX
04-03-2012, 09:15 PM
Aquariums West is missing from your list but my most visited store is J&L

fido19
04-03-2012, 09:21 PM
Aquariums West is missing from your list but my most visited store is J&L

damn this whole time i knew i was forgetting something
anyways the name is noted i guess i will put up a another list on this page to let every one know of missing aquariums

fido19
04-03-2012, 09:22 PM
TAKE NOTE OF MISSING STORE NAMES
1) AQUARIUMS WEST
2)OCEANIC CORALS



PLEASE PUT THE NAME OF THE AQUARIUM THAT IS NOT IN THE POLL DOWN AND I WILL TALLY IT MYSELF

Bblinks
04-03-2012, 09:43 PM
Most visited store JL(5 minutes from my house)
king Ed for good pricing on livestock and Robert's humor(priceless)
OA.........What happened?

chewie
04-03-2012, 09:53 PM
Pauls aquarium in surrey. Prices comparable to jl. Owners are great as well.

fido19
04-03-2012, 09:57 PM
Pauls aquarium in surrey. Prices comparable to jl. Owners are great as well.
noted and counted

Reef Pilot
04-03-2012, 11:11 PM
No surprise that J&L is number 1 around the Lower Mainland. My number 2 pick is probably King Ed. They have the best salt prices, and often have interesting fish and corals at decent prices.

Then I drop in to many of the other stores when I am in the neighborhood, and sometimes find good stuff there, too. Oceanic Corals in Aldergrove is definitely worth a regular visit.

I don't think I have run across bad service with any of them. In fact, most are exceptionally good, compared to other retail stores.

RuGlu6
04-03-2012, 11:39 PM
Where axactly is Fantasy and Roger Aquatics?

Samw
04-04-2012, 12:12 AM
Where axactly is Fantasy and Roger Aquatics?

Rogers is on 120th St in Surrey and Fantasy is a new store on Kingsway.

clownyfish
04-04-2012, 12:37 AM
Wow... What a copy cat!!!

fido19
04-04-2012, 02:42 AM
Wow... What a copy cat!!!
how exactly do you call it copying
anyways if you want i will have you credited

patd
04-04-2012, 02:49 AM
I don't like slamming a retailer on a forum but I can't believe some people could like one particular store mentioned. The place is so dirty it's disgusting. How do you possibly overlook this??
No need to mention the name but I'd be surprised if people don't know who I'm talking about.

fido19
04-04-2012, 02:53 AM
I am actually really surprised that no one likes island pets
i mean sure its a barren wasteland when it comes to corals but recently they have had a good selection of salt water fish
plus they did start getting in some new stuff

Samw
04-04-2012, 02:57 AM
I am actually really surprised that no one likes island pets
i mean sure its a barren wasteland when it comes to corals but recently they have had a good selection of salt water fish
plus they did start getting in some new stuff

It is not that no one likes them but the poll only allows for one choice. If the poll was multiple choice to pick all stores that we liked, more people would probably check off Island Pets. J&L has by far the most selection.

emerald crab
04-04-2012, 04:13 AM
Oceanic Corals for high end corals.

toytech
04-04-2012, 11:25 PM
I went to oceanic corals yesterday , and as always paul is great .Not much selection right now because he was on vacation but still managed to find a few jems (he has lots of candy apple red frags if your looking for em). So by far my favorite coral store , J&L is like walmart of fish stores for me good selection and nice prices but sometimes a crapshoot to find what im looking for.

RuGlu6
04-05-2012, 12:01 AM
Rogers is on 120th St in Surrey and Fantasy is a new store on Kingsway.
thx where is it on Kingsway?

Snaz
04-05-2012, 12:16 AM
thx where is it on Kingsway?

http://g.co/maps/hvd34

Carrera75
04-05-2012, 06:32 PM
I went to oceanic corals yesterday , and as always paul is great .Not much selection right now because he was on vacation but still managed to find a few jems (he has lots of candy apple red frags if your looking for em). So by far my favorite coral store , J&L is like walmart of fish stores for me good selection and nice prices but sometimes a crapshoot to find what im looking for.

I agree with you man. Paul always has some nice stuff that most likely you will not find anywhere else. His frags are not cheap but if you are into the more rare stuff, then this is the place to go. I don't go there often because is too far away for me but the couple times I have been there I have left pretty happy (and broke :sad:).

I personally find J&L good for equipment and dry goods but not so great for livestock. The fish that I have bought from them often dies and whenever I am there I see sick fish in their tanks. Same goes for corals, I have rarely bought any corals from them. It seems that lately they have a high staff turn over. There are always new faces whenever I am there and often these kids don't give the right information or are not very helpful. I must say that Renee is amazing and always willing to provide sincere advice. All in all, If you are looking for decently priced dry goods and equipment, this is the store to visit for sure.

Oceanic Aquatics has a good selection of corals and its staff is not bad. I would visit this store more often but it takes a while to get there and that's a negative.

These stores that I mentioned above are the only ones that I visit on a more regular basis, which is not that often. Most of my livestock has been purchased from canreef members.

Oh, there is another store on Kingsway. We all know which store I am talking about. I go there maybe once a year. This store is not very clean and their livestock often does not look great but sometimes you find good stuff and it's prices are some of the cheapest in the city.

The review that's below is from somebody(not mine) that shopped at this store on Kingsway and will never do it again. After reading this, I highly doubt I'll go back to that store.

"I went in to get cat food, and there was a woman holding out this greasy dirty kitten. She was asking all the customers if they would take her, and that she was free. Her words were "we don't want her she's broken". The cat had broken its leg in there closet sized cat section. It was clear that the poor little kitten had fallen from the very high shelf in the top of the room that the other kittens were hanging out on. I would have to guess this was about 7 feet high. I took the kitten as I was afraid what kind of home she would end up in. I took her to a vet and ended up spending $400 in her care, as she was dehydrated and sick. It was too late to repair her leg as they had ignored it for too long and it healed crooked and now she will always have a limp and poor balance. I am happy I took her as she is now healthy and happy no thanks to this store. Please DO NOT support them! :(."

patd
04-06-2012, 03:17 AM
I agree with you man. Paul always has some nice stuff that most likely you will not find anywhere else. His frags are not cheap but if you are into the more rare stuff, then this is the place to go. I don't go there often because is too far away for me but the couple times I have been there I have left pretty happy (and broke :sad:).

I personally find J&L good for equipment and dry goods but not so great for livestock. The fish that I have bought from them often dies and whenever I am there I see sick fish in their tanks. Same goes for corals, I have rarely bought any corals from them. It seems that lately they have a high staff turn over. There are always new faces whenever I am there and often these kids don't give the right information or are not very helpful. I must say that Renee is amazing and always willing to provide sincere advice. All in all, If you are looking for decently priced dry goods and equipment, this is the store to visit for sure.

Oceanic Aquatics has a good selection of corals and its staff is not bad. I would visit this store more often but it takes a while to get there and that's a negative.

These stores that I mentioned above are the only ones that I visit on a more regular basis, which is not that often. Most of my livestock has been purchased from canreef members.

Oh, there is another store on Kingsway. We all know which store I am talking about. I go there maybe once a year. This store is not very clean and their livestock often does not look great but sometimes you find good stuff and it's prices are some of the cheapest in the city.

The review that's below is from somebody(not mine) that shopped at this store on Kingsway and will never do it again. After reading this, I highly doubt I'll go back to that store.

"I went in to get cat food, and there was a woman holding out this greasy dirty kitten. She was asking all the customers if they would take her, and that she was free. Her words were "we don't want her she's broken". The cat had broken its leg in there closet sized cat section. It was clear that the poor little kitten had fallen from the very high shelf in the top of the room that the other kittens were hanging out on. I would have to guess this was about 7 feet high. I took the kitten as I was afraid what kind of home she would end up in. I took her to a vet and ended up spending $400 in her care, as she was dehydrated and sick. It was too late to repair her leg as they had ignored it for too long and it healed crooked and now she will always have a limp and poor balance. I am happy I took her as she is now healthy and happy no thanks to this store. Please DO NOT support them! :(."

Yup - that's the place I was talking about all right.

fido19
04-06-2012, 02:13 PM
Yup - that's the place I was talking about all right.
This particular store is on top of my do not go list, I have had really bad experiences there.
there was this one time I bought a filter from them. I did not open the packaging in front of them i mean who would. I went home and found that the canister had a crack on the side, called the company and they requested I returnt it to the store for a full refund, went to the store and the owner refused to refund claiming that the damage was my fault.
After about a week of exchanging emails with the filter manufacturer and sending them a copy of the receipt they sent a box to my address with a new filter free of charge( they did request i send the old one back but they let me keep the media).

Millepora_Maniac
04-07-2012, 10:33 PM
You are missing oceanic corals from this list