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Old 08-24-2004, 08:26 PM   #1
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Here are a few in the New York city and Queens >>
If anyone needs more info just ask...

New world Aquarium
38st and 3rd ave
New York, NY
- Good plants, a bit pricey

Fishtown
Northern blvd
Flushing, NY
- sometimes they have healthy fish, plants but nothing to exotic
- good prices

Pacific Aquarium
Delancey st
New York, NY
- small selection of plants, decent fish
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Old 12-21-2004, 11:36 PM   #2
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I highly recommend New World Aquarium. Their store is amazing. Incrdible selection of fish and equipment at above average prices. That said, the fish are in really good shape, won't see too many "dead" tanks like you do in the bigger stores. They care about what they sell.
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Old 12-27-2004, 10:04 PM   #3
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I checked out New World Aquarium today and its very comparable to The Fish Place in townawanda. Just about the same about of selection of fish and plants more or less, but it is a bit pricey. Still VERY good and better then any chain store. I bought myself some anubias nana "gold" which appears to be a smaller variety of the nana but not nearly as small as petite. Very healthy plants and fish in stock.
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Old 02-04-2005, 12:05 AM   #4
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I've had mixed experience with New World, but overall a nice selection of fish and plants, best selection within Manhattan to my knowledge. Friendly and quick service too when things go bad.
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Old 05-15-2005, 02:52 PM   #5
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I get it that New World has things you normally can't get anywhere else in the city, but I find the store kind of annoying.

I decided that before I make any big purchases there to really research the product on the internet for user experiences or whatever info. I think people should always do this, but a guy at New World sold me an overpriced Custom Sea life hood the very week the company was going out of business!

He was saying they are great blah blah, all we sell...etc. In retrospect it is obvious he was trying to just move the things maybe than hassle with returning them to a company that had gone out of business.

This same guy recommended a power wheel filter for a planted aquarium with co2.

Needless to say, I wised up and started doing my own research before buying anything rather than just do an impulse purchase because I wanted it now.

So fast forward I am in the store asking about some equipment and I ask the guy what the brand name of it is. Keep in mind I rarely ask for any kind of advice for them so I could hardly be regarded as a pest.

The dude gets kind of defensive and says half jokingly "don't come in here asking for our advice and then go buy on the internet"

Keep in mind all I asked him was what brand this product was and buying it off the internet was not even on my mind. I just wanted to know if it was a good product.

I was shocked and basically muttered something about how I have spent alot of money here and don't appreciate the attitude. This is after having wasted money following this guy's "expert advice"

his reaction was to try and laugh it off but I am not ever going to buy a friggin thing there again.

Because of his bad attitude and bad advice I have started buying things online and have gotten much better more reliable advice on from the customer service places online. And prices in a few instance hundreds of dollars cheaper.

I have yet to regret an online purchase. I regretted at least half of my purchases from New World when I followed their recommendations.

In terms of freshwater, the fish they sell are no great shakes above say Petco. Y ou can get some fish there you won't get elswhere, but in terms of quality, I don't find them superior.

Maybe they are great with saltwater and into serving the saltwater hobbyist but I won't go back because I don't need to be treated like that.
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Old 04-29-2006, 11:24 PM   #6
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I had a very similar experience at New World. They sold me a LOT of stuff that I didn't need and completely talked me out of doing a planted tank, which was my dream. I ended up with so much crap that I didn't need. Now I'm moving along happily with my planted tank and I get most of my supplies online, too. I would say that their fish are much better than Petco, though. Much helathier and they are better informed about the fish themselves. But irritating to be sold stuff that's unnecessary.

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Old 06-08-2005, 03:26 PM   #7
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The LFS that I prefer is Pacific Aquarium, then Fishtown U.S.A.

Pacific Aquarium has a really big selection of fish and plants. Besides, they're the only place I know that carries cherry shrimp. They carry baby tears, riccia, glosso. Fishes are buy 2, get 1 free. HUGE selection on goldfish and kois! (But that's a different site and different forum )

I've been going there for as long as I can remember, 10+ years....

Shipments comes in Sunday for Pacific Aquarium.


Fishtown U.S.A. is nice. Gets in a lot of plants, healthy...but nothing exotic like the type of plants I mentioned on top. I've asked before, and some of the workers don't even know what baby tears are.

A little pricey though.

Shipments comes in Tuesday and Thursday nights.

Hope this helps everyone.
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Old 08-08-2005, 12:03 AM   #8
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I went out to New World today, and it was pretty nice. The plant selection was lacking today (Sunday), but that is probably because it has been picked over already. I did pick up a plant, but the majority of them had some weird algae/mold problem or were pretty beat up looking.

The fish selection is fantastic though. They were running low on what I wanted, but I spent some time marvelling at their planted show tank which was really nice looking.

How far out of Manhattan is Fishtown USA?
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Old 08-23-2005, 05:18 PM   #9
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I went out to New World today, and it was pretty nice. The plant selection was lacking today (Sunday), but that is probably because it has been picked over already. I did pick up a plant, but the majority of them had some weird algae/mold problem or were pretty beat up looking.

The fish selection is fantastic though. They were running low on what I wanted, but I spent some time marvelling at their planted show tank which was really nice looking.

How far out of Manhattan is Fishtown USA?

If you are driving (I'll just pick midtown since I don't which part of Manhattan you are at)...I would say about 35-40 with no traffic?

Public transportation, train and bus....forget it...too long....
Train from manhattan to grand central to get the 7 train. 7 train to last stop, main street flushing. And then!!!...the bus from main street, northern blvd. all the way up to Francis Lewis Blvd...more than hour.
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Old 10-13-2005, 08:24 PM   #10
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I too have mix feeling about New World Aquarium, it's fairly close to where I live so I usually stop by there on my day off. Here is one shop that employs staff memeber who uses scientific name for their fish and plants, and most of them knows what they're talking about. I once purchase some fish there at 3 bucks a piece, and I went back one week later and those same fish in the same tank(with new name written on the tank)cost half as much. Although they insisted that what I bought was what I was looking for, I'm pretty sure they sold me the wrong species at the wrong price. Anyways, their fish are in good shape. I believe in supporting our local fish store, but I wouldn't mind some more decently quality stores to choose from here in Manhattan!!

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Old 10-13-2005, 08:29 PM   #11
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I know the guy you're talking bout, sort of a big guy right? He helped me the last time i was there and knew the names of everything (which is more than I can say for myself).

I've spoken to their other employees as well and they all seem generally helpful. Sucks about your fish being overpriced, but I can say that I feel they are more knowledgable than other stores in the area thats for sure.
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Old 12-29-2005, 05:00 PM   #12
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have been to both pacific and new world...new world does have a little attitude, but worth it in their selection...as far as plants i've always found pacific to be terrific in both price and selection, plus they always let me collect snails from their plant tanks for my dwarf puffers
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Old 03-07-2006, 06:02 PM   #13
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been to pacific, and wins a ton of times, have to say they are 2 of the best stores i've ever been to, pacific keeps their tanks clean and all the fish look very healthy, plus the guys there are very knowledgable, and they have a great selection of plants

Wins is great, good, quality discus and angels, and they know what they are doing, and their shrimp prices are great! just wish either of the two sold apistos...

does new world carry discus?
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Old 03-07-2006, 07:49 PM   #14
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What is this wins you speak of?
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Old 01-02-2007, 05:54 PM   #15
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Default Fishtown USA visit- A+ on livestock

Sorry to get off the Win topic but...

I went to fishtown USA on Northern Blvd. on Sunday afternoon and I loved it.

The plants were not so hot, limited varieties and very expensive, BUT

I give them an A+ for livestock. Everything looks extremely healthy, and was very reasonable. I bought bamboo shrimp for $4.75 ($7 at my LFS) and they had beautiful rainbows- big adult male rainbows between $3.99 and $9.99- Bosemani, new ginea, australian, preaecox, and two others- which I thought extremely reasonable as they are $10-$18 at my local places and aren't this big and healthy. They also had very nice 2-3" discus for $9.99 - which I was really tempted to pick up... They also had small amano shrimp for $1.99.

Most importantly- eveything looks very healthy and well cared for. The rainbows and shrimp were both eating within minutes of being put in their new tanks and are doing very well.
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