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Old 08-27-2004, 01:15 AM   #1
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Aquariums West is by far my favourite LFS.

Their tanks are always clean, their fish usually healthy (things happen, and if they see the fish are ill, they will quarantine the tank).

And they have the best selection of plants I've ever seen. Healthy plants. There are times when they have just a few in stock (they sometimes have problems with their suppliers not delivering on time). They have plants from Tropica, as well as bunched plants from other suppliers. Usually their plant display tanks are completely full (they have four large tanks specifically for plants), and their fish tanks are also planted. All plants are for sale.

Unfortunately, they don't always get around to labelling their plants and fish. And depending on who you ask, they may not be able to tell you much about them. But if you can get the woman who owns the place to sit still for a minute, she can answer all your questions. They also have plant books lying about for reference.

The store is located on Burrard just south of Davie. Keep in mind that this is a prime downtown location, so expect prices to be a bit higher than what you might find elsewhere.
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Old 08-27-2004, 01:21 AM   #2
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I don't know whether this is the right place to put this since this forum format is new (mods, feel free to set me straight), but...

Aquariums West just got a huge shipment of plants in, including dwarf hairgrass, marimo algae balls and lilaeopsis brasiliensis.
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Old 09-27-2004, 10:58 PM   #3
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IMO, one of the nicest, cleanest pet stores in Vancouver. Prices are on par with others, little higher than King Ed, but they make it up in quality.

Nice people too.
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Old 09-29-2004, 04:08 AM   #4
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Yes it is very clean store. But the prices phew. King eds is far cheaper but they take absolutely horrible care of their fish.
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Old 09-29-2004, 04:28 PM   #5
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I've had some pretty low success with fish from King Ed. The supplies are hands down the cheapest.
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All my tanks, heaters, gravels and lights come from King Ed. Excellent prices.

I got 16 juvenille Emperor tetras from them, they are huge and beautiful now. I must have been lucky . The other fishes I got from them didn' t fare so well.
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Old 01-25-2005, 04:51 AM   #7
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yeah personally i don't buy anything live frm king ed pets, but you've got to admit their equipment and stuff like that is pretty much the cheapest

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Old 01-10-2008, 06:52 PM   #8
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Pet Boutique has had a new owner for some time now and is even better than before. If you have not been there for a while check it out.
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I've went there last week, looks slightly different,

the amano shrimp they have in their planted tank are huge almost 2"?

Unless they aren't amano shrimp ?!?
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Old 01-12-2008, 05:09 AM   #10
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wierd, only lost one fish from king ed's, it didn't swim right from the get go though and i knew something was probably wrong, the rest survived and flourished though. I've only seen 1 dead fish in king ed's (a betta in a bowl). as for plants, just by coincidence i've purchased plants right when shipments came in. been to a few other places and wasn't impressed
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Old 02-05-2008, 03:47 AM   #11
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I just realized that j&l has better prices than king ed pets, (for equipment)


I've bought a few things from them already,

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JL is also quite good, but the prices are hit and miss between them and King Ed.

King Ed is more likely to give you breaks, especially if they know your face.

I have to say their livestock is also getting progressively better.
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Where's J&L? Also, does anyone else find the Big Al's in Coquitlam to be a PITA to deal with compared to Richmond? ANd yeah, the others are progressively getting better all the time Pet Boutique has a wider healthier selection, though I found Winston had a friendlier attitude than the new dude. King Ed's much better now than 5 years ago. AWest, awesome awesome store, a must see, but I can't afford to shop there either.
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With king ed's, you must talk about the fish before you buy them, they'll tell you how long they've had them, how much percent of their stock dies off, what you want is stock thats been in the store for about 3-4 weeks. I've had a small school of cardinals i bought die off in days, and 3 or 4 otos. Ends up for both of these, after talking to them were new stock in the store, now that i've made sure im buying their old stock, i can get two things, better survivability (around 95% now) and ability to barter lower prices to free up their tank of old stock . Plus with the dead fishies, i mention them in conversation and he normally throws in a few free fishies in sympathy

Plant wise, i wait for their hired plant maintenence guy comes in and buy the clippings newly cut from him, talk plants with him and thats it. Plus he normally gives you bunches a bit larger than that in the storage tanks.

I too live next Big al's burnaby, went in there twice, came out twice with nothing. Crappy care of their tanks, plants look hideous, and supplies a bit better than petcetera.

I'll take a peak of aquarium west today and give my opinion
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I have been to Aquarium West on a few occasions, but only if I'm passing it. The one thing they have that I like is the Pfertz line (though, it has gone up in price).
I find the store very neat and organized, but the prices are rediculous. I think they are overpriced, but are reflective of their demographic location (Kitsilano).

My favourite place in Vancouver is Aprils Aquarium. You can't beat her prices, or her generousity.

If you want 10 fish, she scoops out at least ten, then whatever else is in the net, she just goes "well, just in case, you can have these guys".

RCS, Cardinals, Rummynose, etc, are all only $2. Amano shrimp are the same price, unless they are jumbo, which means they are $3.

Celestial Pearl Danios, $4. Boraras Merah, $2. Like, its unreal.

I do like Aquariums west though, as it is a very clean and upkept store, and the service has been good the few times I've gone in- it's just their prices reflect their location.
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