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My Own Mini North East Shop Tour

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    ndc
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    had a bit of time off today so i thought id look around a few shops – heres the ones i visited:

    peter barratts – gosforth
    for once pleasantly suprised – no white spot for a change!!!- however there was a few tanks of fish – especially a poor looking group of b.kubotia – bacterial infection – all gasping, red gills , couple already dead that were in particularly bad condition. one thing you cant take away from barratts is the range of fish, they always have a greater variety of species to most similar shops but the quality and condition of the fish is poor at best – its one shop i would never buy from personally as its on a central system (which doesnt work effectively as you see the same diseases in multiple tanks) . they did have a couple of nice pim ornatus but they were a bit expensive for what they are but the biggest problem is the tank/fish/water quality. staff were chatting amongst themselves as usual but seemed helpful with the customer who did approach them

    chandlers garden centre – gosforth park
    all tanks looked clean and healthy but quite a small range – more of a specialised koi place which had more stock and looks like its gearing up for koi season. again no one made eye contact apart from 1 lad outside in the koi section

    dobbies garden centre – ponteland
    again a couple of tanks under treatment but at least they were being treated – not like barratts – marines looked reasonable if a little pricey but there wasnt much interesting in the f/w section (although it is thursday so a lot of stuff comes in today and tomorrow) reasonable amount of dry stock – mainly aqua one unfortunately – other than that out of the 3 staff not 1 even made eye contact with me or the other customers there

    cyber aqua – team valley
    moving more into being more of a pet shop (now sell rabbits etc) but obviously still specialise in the marine side – everything in terms of fish health looked good, and prices seemed more reasonable – as for the f/w side again very clean and tidy (they have quarantine at the back) but only bread and butter stock. staff friendly – this was the only place someone approached me and asked if i needed a hand with anything so thats one thing theyve got right , the only criticism would be that if anything i was a bit dissapointed by the amount of tanks -for the amount of space they have theres only a small number of f/w and marine tanks which obviously impacts on the stock they can keep – but other than that i would say this is the most pleasant of the 4 shops to visit – best service and cleanest healthiest stock.

    #305205

    dunc
    Keymaster

    Have edited a little to split things up, hope ya don’t mind Neill

    #305206

    ndc
    Participant

    QUOTE(dunc @ May 1 2008, 02:54 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
    Have edited a little to split things up, hope ya don’t mind Neill
    #305207

    dunc
    Keymaster

    Ohhh of course, I know the one – it’s not far from Halvorsen’s [now our dellag’s] old shop.

    You didn’t get a chance to have a look at the Tropical Team did you Neill?

    #305210

    ndc
    Participant

    QUOTE(dunc @ May 1 2008, 03:01 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
    Ohhh of course, I know the one – it’s not far from Halvorsen’s [now our dellag’s] old shop.

    You didn’t get a chance to have a look at the Tropical Team did you Neill?

    #305230

    Matt
    Keymaster

    Nice wee article Neill

    #305236

    ndc
    Participant

    QUOTE(Matt @ May 1 2008, 05:39 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
    Nice wee article Neill
    #305344

    dellag
    Participant

    Oh. erm….I think i should stay quiet and pretend i did’nt read this.

    Dellag

    #305345

    Matt
    Keymaster

    Just like all the other threads then

    #305346

    ndc
    Participant

    i meant from the ones i had a look at that day !! /laugh.gif” style=”vertical-align:middle” emoid=”:lol:” border=”0″ alt=”laugh.gif” />

    #305349

    keith565
    Participant

    great write up ndc.

    #306353

    dellag
    Participant

    Matt honey i’ve been very busy trying to get the shop how we want it so thats why i hav’nt been around much. Trying to be more sociable now although i’m still not happy with the shop /biggrin.gif” style=”vertical-align:middle” emoid=”:D” border=”0″ alt=”biggrin.gif” />

    Della

    #306355

    Matt
    Keymaster

    Sounds interesting. What´ve you changed?

    #306356

    dunc
    Keymaster

    I’m going on Friday. I’ll slag it off when I get back.

    Err.. I mean I’ll tell you allll about it when I get back

    #306357

    dellag
    Participant

    Hi Matt,
    Just trying to tidy the place up and reduce some of the fish tanks. Quality not quantity is the way i want it. We do a bit African cichlids now and a good selection of the rarer turtles as well as all the usual good selection of fish.

    C u Friday Dunc but be gentle with me as i’m stressed to death as i hav’nt had a day off since new year.

    Della

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