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that doesn't surprise me. That place has been at best bland for a long time now. Shame it was great for marine in its day, as was Wonderfish when it was in Holland Park, not the abomination it became in West End.

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From why it says on gumtree the owners are retiring. Great chance for someone to grab the shop tanks as a breeding system.

I visited a few times and often found something a little unusual in there tanks.

Certainly wish Brian and his missus all the best in retirement.

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Tragedy. Clayfield Aquarium was an institution. Argonault Aquarium, Wonderfish Holland Park (before Ian left), Sandgate Aquarium, Westside Pets, Rochedale Aquarium, Redcliffe Aquarium.. list goes on. What does the future hold for this industry?? How many of us got into the hobby from a love of watching fish in aquarium shops as kids? All the to best to Brain & family. They supported hobbyists, had great quality fish and have the respect of many in the industry. We need to support the few remaining aquarium specialists or there will be none left!

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always sad to see another aquarium go... something drastic needs to happen before we only end up with chain stores... I am sure 90% of people on here only buy from aquariums however general public need to be reached as that is where the money is, although this is a big forum we are still a minority.

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I am a big believer in a quality aquarium. Be it a sponsor or non-sponsor.

While we do trade amongst ourselves and there are some cracking deals from our breeders on line, at a store I can walk in and check out fish without feeling guilty I am at someone's home, and be difficult and pick my fish and reject the ones I do not like (yeah there are some good people at my favourite stores who know more than me and I get to choose the best fish for me..... you know who you are peeps.... )

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times are tough everywhere .and i will hammered for this .but if i can walk in to a shop and see a fish i like and go home search on facebook / forums, find a breeder who has the fish at a quarter of the price and most of the time better quality .why would i buy it off a shop that most of the time don't know the meaning of service ?dont start me on dry goods

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I remember Paul from Redcliffe aquarium,,,

memories

Remember the giant black sharks he always had - and always big Americans - Severums etc., sigh.. those were the days

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So anyone got a list of how many we have lost since 2000 ?

It would be a quicker, and shorter list of who's left.

[MENTION=12090]Tristan[/MENTION]

It is interesting to see chain stores and you look at Green Cross Vet and they took on Petbarn and City Farmers both in the last year. Mind you ACCC did have a bit of look at it and decided to let the their latest acquisition go through.

We just might end up like the supermarket industry or petrol stations. :noidea:

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It would be a quicker, and shorter list of who's left. Green Cross Vet and they took on Petbarn and City Farmers both in the last year. Mind you ACCC did have a bit of look at it and decided to let the their latest acquisition go through.

Really?? Wow did not know that... Green Cross is a little different though isn't it.? Excellent vets I know (multiple) became Green Cross branded but it wasn't a matter of being bought out - they agreed to take on the name in a form of licensing agreement I thought it was. More like a "co-op" for vets for lack of a better word. As a conglomerate they are now buying up pet stores is that correct?

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It would be a quicker, and shorter list of who's left.

[MENTION=12090]Tristan[/MENTION]

It is interesting to see chain stores and you look at Green Cross Vet and they took on Petbarn and City Farmers both in the last year. Mind you ACCC did have a bit of look at it and decided to let the their latest acquisition go through.

We just might end up like the supermarket industry or petrol stations. :noidea:

That may just happen... it is absolutely ridiculous how fast Petbarn, city farmers, pet stock etc are expanding... I have three Petbarns and two City Farmers within 15 minutes drive... and most have them have opened in the past year.

what [MENTION=5203]bulldrag76[/MENTION] was saying still remains true however... if it unfortunately comes down to just being chain stores, the members and breeders will hopefully still continue to operate. that may just be what our hobby becomes in the future.

Aquariums can not be sustainable without their bulk livestock being livebearers and goldfish. look at Darra, although he still has many exotics... it is nothing like it used to be with Silver arowanas and Red tail Catfish going for 350 bucks a pop. To continue to operate he has had to move in to selling stock standard tropicals.

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Some local fish shop owners become too old and disgruntled at the day to day earnings that is selling fish / goods associated with fish,

been in the game too long, cannot handle the competition, cannot be competitive with sales / prices in the way the markets are heading,

times have changed and you can no longer charge "x" for a fish or dry good because you are the only person that has it for sale, there is now a thing called the internet,

just like natures way of culling things as they get old/injured/tired etc etc , something new always pops up.

This has nothing to do with the store that happens to be shutting down, but fish shops in general.

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Yeah Paul was great. I remember buying fish from him to breed. He would always buy the young fish from us for fair prices and support kids getting into the hobby. I spoke to him about a year ago and he seemed to be doing well with his family and new career. I miss spending my afternoons after school just looking through his store at the fish he kept. Especially that lonesome wild discus he kept before all the multi colours hit shops.

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Deagon Aquarium, Graceville Aquarium, Corinda Aquarium, Sherwood Aquarium, Hawthorne Aquarium, Kingston, Scotts, River to Reef, River City, Bennets Rd, Coopers Plains,West Side Pets,Wonderfish, wet petz, Aquazoo in James street and now Clayfield all been and gone in the 30 years I have been keeping fish. Unless you own your own shopfront its pretty difficult to survive in niche retail, all the inner city shops mostly can't afford the rent.

Guess we just have to keep supporting the ones we got left, or it will be down to the pet barn for $5 skanky neons and bronze corys and Aqua one.

I would love to find a Yellow pages from about 1983 and see just how many there were, Im sure I have left a few out.

Maybe online is the way of the future, and its not that new a concept, take a TFH circa 1974, there are ads in there to buy Discus and guppies by Mail order, not that different from going to the Aquagreen website and placing an order.

Its hard to say where this is heading, we need to get back to the heady consumption days like in the early 2000's again to see what happens, if the demand is there...

What I am amazed with is how bad it is regionally, Hervey Bay used to have a great little shop back in the middle of the last decade, we went back late last year and the only place I could find was very average. Also the Marine specialist on the Esplanade was gone. Same with the Goldy and the Sunny Coast. I would hope its better in FNQ.

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