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  1. Hi all, Back in January I put some posts up about my favourite aquarium store, Mappin's Nursery and Aquarium at 240 Montague Rd, West End. Along with a large part of West End Mappins was flooded in January in the floods. While they fortunately didn't lose much stock - plants or fish - it has had a huge impact on their business, to the extent that Darryl, the owner, is thinking of getting out of the aquarium trade after over 20 years. So I wanted to get out and tell some people about this hidden gem. Mappin's is just across the road from where I work and it, like other businesses in West End are finding the recovery from the floods tough. Whether I'm grabbing a take away coffee, getting lunch or looking at fish everyone says that the customers are yet to return in pre-flood numbers. Locals are still getting their own houses into shape and they're not looking for plants or fish. Other than the fact that it's just across the road from me at work, Mappin's is my favourite aquarium in Brisbane because it stocks the best range I've seen of natives. Whether you're looking for a Wonga Creek, G. incisus, M. lacustris, M. herbertaxelrodi, or even perchlets Mappin's has it. They also have other natives like Rendahl's catfish, gudgeons and cod as well as a smattering of exotics. Rainbows are my thing, my favourite community fish, so this is right down my alley, not to mention they have good prices...and plants. My other hobby happens to be my tropical garden so I also love the fact that this store is a nursery as well. Today I went in and took some photos so I could share this hidden Brisbane gem. I've been meaning to do this for the last 12 months, but I've been lazy... This is Darryl's display tank. Believe it or not this is a super low tech tank. It runs off gravel filters. It is simply the best low tech tank I've ever seen. If you ever want to go low tech Darryl's the man to advise you the best way to go. Just don't get him started about under gravel vs canister filters A Wonga Creek rainbow from the display tank up close A big tank of G. incisuses (or should that be G. incisusii?) There's more in the store, but my photos didn't really turn out, sorry. If you're around the city centre and you're wanting to visit an aquarium store check out Mappins in West End. They're struggling to come back from the floods in January and so if you're in the area drop by, they'll certainly appreciate the business - and I'd like my favourite aquarium store to stay open. Thanks, Damien
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