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08-18-2016 02:40 AM
roastbird why we can't have such markets so that we do not need to buy boiled plants in summer on eBay :C
08-18-2016 01:57 AM
easternlethal I think that most of the tanks on fish street actually use plants with lower demands - ferns, moss, marsileas, repens, etc. and medium / low lights and sometimes I have trouble finding plants like helferis or wallichis occasionally.

also the turnover is very high because they are always selling and replacing so they never get to the point where the substrate depletes or algae even get the chance to grow.

One shop I know well literally uses hundreds of Amanos and ottos when setting up their display tank so much so they can actually grow buceps at the top of the tank without any bba. The owner told me they don't allow photos because they don't want to be compared with other shops online and on Facebook etc. with photoshopping and all the issues with pictures. Also there are just days when one tank or another is being revamped or repaired or for some other reason just doesn't look as good..
08-17-2016 05:01 PM
Nordic Yes, its an abreviated form of EIoA. Eminent invasion of algae.

1930's Goldfish market in Japan.
08-17-2016 03:25 PM
Originally Posted by easternlethal View Post one here knows what EI is...
No EI? Wow, any attempt they make at a planted tank must end in an algae coated failure. ( sarcasm intended )
08-17-2016 11:39 AM
Greasy Ah I see, well it's good to know that it isn't disappearing anytime soon. It is fun to walk around that area since it is also close to the flower and bird streets.

I was referring to the beetle shop, there was also a shop that had mantis and I think peacock jumping spiders.

It seems over all prices are higher than it was 5 years ago for sure.
08-17-2016 11:25 AM
easternlethal The only insects sold now are fish/arowanna food and I do see more restaurants and non fish related shops, but there are also quite a few new shrimp / riparium only shops on the first floor which didn't exist before.

I really only buy plants and fish nowadays because equipment wise I can find everything on taobao at a fraction of even the prices there.

When I first got here there was a high tech looking shop selling ada right next to a local run fish shop which had been there for years both which had awesome tanks. I went into the ada shop first to ask how to set up their tank (was a newbie then) and they described their whole ada range to me with Kessil, superjet filtration etc. etc. Then I went next door and asked the same question and the grandpa there showed me a bottle of $1 fert from china.
08-17-2016 11:00 AM
Greasy Hmm, my guess would be they got too many people taking pictures and not buying. Hence why the second floor shops don't seem to mind as much. I would say this time around >90% of the shops had no photo signs. Sad times. As far as arowanas go, I think they are mostly on the second floor shops, most of the second floor shops require you to either page them at the ground floor door or ask the guard to let you in.

I personally really like the shops that sells insects, bit more unique then what you would see in the states.

@easternlethal - Have you noticed any changes over the years? I heard overall the street is shrinking due to rising cost of living.
08-17-2016 05:04 AM
Nordic They likely keep expensive fish like arowana. It is a kind of protection to stop people taking photo's and making it harder to target their produce.
08-17-2016 04:00 AM
easternlethal I live in Hong Kong. Any one coming here let me know and I'd be happy to take you around.

maybe I'm spoilt but there are a lot of things you can't buy here. dry ferts (because no one here knows what EI is) co2 reactors to name a few..

also all the shops here sell 99% of the same thing and the livestock is actually extremely weak from being bred to death and bagged all day.

doesn't stop me from swinging by most Fridays after work on my way home tho...
08-16-2016 07:35 PM
Originally Posted by AquaAurora View Post
Why are they so anti photo taking? :c
I've wondered about that too. I was in Chinatown in SF a couple of weeks ago and was stopped from taking pictures of fish at a fish market and veggies at a stand. Not sure what the big secret is.
08-16-2016 05:18 PM
ichy That puts a big spin on LFS!!!
08-16-2016 05:12 PM
AquaAurora Why are they so anti photo taking? :c
08-16-2016 04:54 PM
SwissCheeseHead Thanks for sharing! looks like a really awesome place!
08-16-2016 03:40 PM
Greasy It has been awhile since I've been to HK, the other weekend I had to make a visa run, HK is the cheapest option, so naturally for the few days I had, I had to take a look what was going on down in Mong Kok. For the most part it seems like the pet street is holding up. Though there does seem to be a little less shops and more restaurants. There also seems to be an increase in furry animal shops as well. Also most shops had "No photo" signs plastered everywhere this time, so I wasn't able take that many... The shops on the second floor seems more accepting to pics tho...

Bonus pics

Bird market

10-27-2013 07:07 AM
Originally Posted by IceDragon View Post
Darkblade48 were you able to visit the sky tree aquarium?
No, I was not aware the Skytree had an aquarium; I may check it out someday (I'm not normally in the Asakusa area).
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