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best 3 for me for both quality and range are exotic fish connections, smiths boondall and pet superstore stafford (usually some nice large americans on offer at p.s.s). all have a vast range of american and african cichlids and you would be pretty hard pressed to go to any with a spare $100.00 and not spend it IMHO

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1 Petcity(southside) stafford pet superstore(northside) smiths is good buti personally find mark and his people to be a tad ignorant and my girlfried has asked his workers questions and they literally laugh and walk off. i like stafford(cam always knows his stuff) and petcity is FULL of helpful people and great prices hope to go there in thenext week or two alotof people knock pet city but i think its great!

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Smiths easily number 1 with cichlids now that Wetpetz has closed down.

Then Exotic Fish Connections, Petcity and a shop in the Valley calle Aquazoo used have have an awesome range of Lake Tangs not sure if they are still there.

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pet city is my fav by far. huge selection and awesome service. often go in and spend an hour or two looking at all the great

fresh and marine stock. went in to get a fish a number of weeks ago, they double bagged it, oxygen, squared off the bottom of the bags, put in a styro box and taped the box for me. for the long trip home it was a lifesaver.

and donny writing 'hi sarah :)' on the tank lid knowing i'd be back was pretty damn funny.

so yep. thats my opinion.

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lol

Yea we are lucky in brisbane to have so many good lfs.

I work at petcity so I see it from the other side, and yea its a good place to work. We have a good customer range that lets us get in the weird stuff. Prob takes a while for customers to often work out what areas staff are specialists in, but we got a good team there.

Exotic fish connections has Kev and Ray. Its a personality thing and I think they are great. Yea they are helpful with info, do good deals, always get the fish ya point out and all that good stuff, BUT they are also a crack up and I always leave laughing with a few bags.

I think thats the key for me, I go to petshops often because of the ppl working there. Its closed now, but the other day I was at one Winston was working at, bargain hunt and was awesome.

As far as browsing a whole heap of tanks goes, I often pop into the pet barns, city farmers and warehouses if we are going past. I like to see whats around and try pick up another female or something of the more available stuff. But as far as going out of my way to get there, Redlands and fishchicks are more likely. Redlands has a good can do attitude, and fishchicks has so many little pretty tanks to look into.

Theres not many lfs in Brisbane I havent been into, and I have enjoyed exploring them all and meeting those that work in them.

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#1 Smith's

#2 Pet City

#3 RPC

I find Smith just have the best selection of fish, I love the shop layout & how clean & functional everything seems, plus the wife actully likes visiting this shop so that helps. Also have great displays & a lot of knowledge between the team, however the do come across a tad arrogant sometimes.

Pet city is just the best, I have probably bought more fish from here than anywhere else since I was a school student. Great place, excellent & super friendly staff who allways help you out, nice to go & vistit Donnie & I must say he is the MASTER of bagging fish! took me forever to get my last purchase out of their double bagged + nespaper wrapping.

RPC is just the best for dry goods, wont/cant go anywhere else. Russ will allways hook you up.

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I love Pet City...bought my most recent fish from Smiths and they seem good. Though they did tell my my GT was a male...that laid eggs the next day. I'm hoping to go back and actually get a male to pair up with her.

The store I've recently been checking out is Atlas Aquariums on Rode Road, next to a bright pink dog grooming shop. Does anyone know of it/have any opinions? I'm looking at going to them when I set up my next tank but I'd be keen to know if there's any reason that I shouldn't. They had beautiful displays of cichlids :)

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You've revived an old thread but oh well :)

Smiths is the best I'd say

As for Atlas, they deal with mainly marine stuff and the previous owner wasn't that nice

But they've taken a good turn, new management and store upgrades I believe

Worth a check out, they have some nice displays but Smiths Aquarium has the best haha :D

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Yeah sorry I am new to the forum and have been doing a lot of reading up...trying to learn a bit more before I set up my big tank and try and get some GT breeding to happen.

The staff at Atlas seemed pretty nice, and as I said the displays were very cool. The store didn't feel as crowded in as some fish shops that I've been to have. When you say they are mainly marine...there didn't seem to be a hell of a lot of marine fish there :)

I'm looking to get a white saum male GT in a couple of months time, as that's what I've currently got (from Smiths), so hopefully they have some more when I get the chance to go back. And I'm really hoping they pick out a male this time. Atlas only had gold saum and they were nowhere near the size of my crazy fish (about 5 inches and laying eggs every 3 weeks at this stage).

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well, seing as where i work is where i buy most of my live stock im going to have to go with that.

my vote go's to the pet barn in nerang. although i have only worked there for a year still great friendly staff always willing to help (even when we are stocked to the brim with customers) my main thing is the tanks are always so clean IMO and i get told daily by customers about how clean the tanks are.

but we have a great range of africans and also americans, we dont get anything to exotic like uaru's ect but we get the bread and butter (oscars ect) but also get many other types

thanks guys

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Must have plug for my local. Always helpful and plenty of choice try Southside pet barn on Underwood Rd. As far as variety and quality try Annerally(?) or Red Dragon at Darra. THere is just so many which I visit regularly and they all have their own selection of great fish and products. So its hard to say there just one that stands out above others. Mind u there r some that r a waste of time (like 5 gold fish and a tank of guppies that u find in some shopping centers).

I really think it more of a while in rome thing and give credit to the ones that r still trading in a slowing market. They all need our support.

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Atlas makes me nostalgic, one of the first qld lfs I ever went into.

I really think it more of a while in rome thing and give credit to the ones that r still trading in a slowing market. They all need our support.

To which you can only offer the war cry "remember the Wetpetz!"

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I would strongly suggest everyone that hasn't been into atlas aquarium for at least 6 months deffs takes the time to go in and have a look, the shops done a complete turn around since the new owner bought the place - old owner was a right douche to say the least!

They do stock marine fish atm, but only 2 bays (but still some very nice stuff) - also have a large range of corals and saltwater products.

freshwater wise they have heaps of cichlids, good range of natives (currently have one massive sand goby + a few mangrove jacks left), some americans and heaps of tropicals (including some very well sized spiny eels).

The shop also sells alpha - primes younger more attractive sister

If your wanting a large tank they have a 8x2x2 including hood and stand for only $1300 --- and if anyone here uses NLS you'll be amazed at how low the price is!

I'd also suggest everyone join the atlas aquarium facebook page, some crazy specials for members, And be sure to keep an eye out for atlas aquariums new website!

End plug :)

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I would strongly suggest everyone that hasn't been into atlas aquarium for at least 6 months deffs takes the time to go in and have a look, the shops done a complete turn around since the new owner bought the place - old owner was a right douche to say the least!

Wow I'm glad I hadn't been in there until two weeks ago or I probably would not have gone back, judging from what everyone here is saying!

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Smiths had a massive range of fish without a doubt but he is at Deagon.

Redlands Pet Centre at Capalaba has Top Quality Fish and well worth a look. Staff there are very helpful and knowledgeable. Don't forget to tell them you're a QLDAF member.

Aspley Pet Centre is also excellent. Great quality fish and for me (given where I live) I stop with them. Excellent Customer Service and very knowledgeable.

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I find different stores good at different times which is no surprise when hunting for whats available...so what I appreciate at stores is people who know what they are talking about and are keen to assist.... a biggy for me is no dead fish or half eaten still alive fish which turned me off making a purchase recently...the odd dead fish pops up understandably but a few dead fish in a few tanks at the same time and add the joy of watching one fish being slowly eaten alive (this guy was also around the 15cm mark so no "feeder") makes you question buying anything!...wont run no names thru the mud....I'm on the southside and would love to check out more shops on the north side but I've found Exotic and Pet City to always be on point...great selection and strong healthy fish...

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