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Last fall I attended the Chinese University of Hong Kong for as an exchange student. One of my HK friend recommended me to go visit a section of Tung Choi street, also known to the locals as "Goldfish Street" in the Mong Kok area of Kowloon. And holy crap I was not disappointed. The section was about 2 or 3 blocks of fish store or pet store one after another and stacked on top of each other. Not only were there so many, the quality in most of them were quite good, like you peps in SF who think Aqua Forest is legit stuff, some of the nicer stores here completely blows it out of the water in my opinion, both in displays/sale tanks and price... Fissidens geppii cost about 20HKD (1USD = 7.8HKD) and the shrimps were pretty cheap as well.

Anyway for those thinking of visiting HK for awesome food and a nightlife that ends at sunrise. To get to Goldfish Street you get off at the Mong Kok East MTR station and walk west on the cat walk, there are signs guiding you to Tung Choi. Around the area is also the "Flower Market" which sells exotic house plants and a Bird street.

Here are some pics from my trip, I wish I took more.... the stores were generally super narrow, crowded, and some won't let you take pics.

Enjoy =)

(some of the vertical pics seems a bit smooshed, click them to view them)


The start of the street....


A sign for a beetle shop






























Bag o shrimps





















































































Thanks for looking.
 

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Great album! Thanks for sharing.

Fish already bagged on display??? Some were a PETAphile's head
just exploded. :tongue:
 

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Great pics! Thanx for sharing. Are there any stores in the US that even closely resemble these shots?
 

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What are prices like on a single portion of stems or moss? converted roughly to USD. With that kind of competition I imagine dirt cheap.

I am in currently in Hong Kong, and I go to the fish street a couple times a week if I am not traveling for work. :)

Majority of ALL plants there sell for $10HKD ($1.2USD), wrapped in cotton, in a black pot, and bagged with water. The more rare ones will be double or triple the price. For example, the normal green bacopa sell for $10HKD, it comes with four stems. All the plants are PRISTINE, no signs of bad growth, no stunting, no holes, no yellowing or anything. The best looking aquarium plants you've ever seen in your life. After it gets into my tank, that is another matter. :p After all, with so much competition, a customer simply walks to another shop to buy better plants.

More than 80% of the plants in this picture are $1.2USD per bag. I buy most of my plants from that shop.



I never buy the livestock hung on the bags, only in the display tanks.

Here are some prices at the fish street(you must go to various stores to get these prices, but most are comparable):

-10 Taiwan Fire Reds- $12USD
-10 Cherry shrimps- $4USD
-4 stems of pink bacopa- $2.50
-10 Celestial Pearl Danios- $15USD (depending on season, prices were double this just two months ago)
-1 Electric Blue Ram- $7USD
-1 German Blue Ram- $5USD
-1 Cardinal Tetra(they give deals the more you buy, 5 and get 1 free sorta thing)- $.50USD
-1 pot of Downoi, with 4 heads- $3USD
-ADA 60-P- $80USD
-A big bag of moss(depends on the kind) - around $4USD
-Most swords/crypts with nice growth- $1.2USD
-10 Chili Rasboras- $6USD
-a 7"x5" inch densely tied bunch of Java Fern (10" high leaves) goes for $1USD
-a big rhizome of Anubias (bigger than you and your moms hand combined) also goes for $1USD

And of course, no shipping charges, no transport stress to the plants or livestock.

The above prices are for the fish street, if you go to the local HK for sale forums ( http://www.aqugrass.com/phpBB3//viewforum.php?f=2 ), prices are even cheaper. $.10USD for a cherry shrimp, crystal red shimp for $12USD, etc. With +100 cherry shrimp in my tank, I don't bother selling them in Hong Kong, I give them to friends. :)

When the time comes for me to go back to the US, I may just quit the aquarium hobby, there is no way I'd be wiling to pay US prices after living in HK. :)
 

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Very cool, I can't believe those fish are hanging in bags. Why? Save space, but wouldn't they die faster?
that is so cool!! I wonder too why they come prebagged.
Save space, save time on employees having to catch the fish. And convenience for new fish owners (or people that don't necessary care for the the treatment of the fish) to quickly buy cheap fish in a bag, and leave.

Remember, at night time, and during the weekends, those two city blocks are SWARMING with people. With space as tight as it is in HK, the most time saving, space saving thing to do is to hang the livestock on bags, and the customers walk right by the shop front, pick one out, pay, and leave.

There are a couple of better shops (a couple of them enter the ADA aquascaping contest annually) that do not hang the bags of livestock, they truly care about the animals. But most smaller stores simply have no choice, they must attract customers by displaying the bags at the shop front to attract customers.

Some stores keep fish in their tanks, and also bag them for sale out front, and release the unsold fish back into their tanks. Which in reality, it isn't any worst than shipping them in the States.

Some of the super bush league stores get them from a wholesaler (prices next to nothing), and I truly do not know what they do with the unsold fish after a couple days.
 

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Majority of ALL plants there sell for $10HKD ($1.2USD), wrapped in cotton, in a black pot, and bagged with water. The more rare ones will be double or triple the price. For example, the normal green bacopa sell for $10HKD, it comes with four stems. All the plants are PRISTINE, no signs of bad growth, no stunting, no holes, no yellowing or anything. The best looking aquarium plants you've ever seen in your life. After it gets into my tank, that is another matter. :p After all, with so much competition, a customer simply walks to another shop to buy better plants.

More than 80% of the plants in this picture are $1.2USD per bag. I buy most of my plants from that shop.

Here are some prices at the fish street(you must go to various stores to get these prices, but most are comparable):

-10 Taiwan Fire Reds- $12USD
-10 Cherry shrimps- $4USD
-4 stems of pink bacopa- $2.50
-10 Celestial Pearl Danios- $15USD (depending on season, prices were double this just two months ago)
-1 Electric Blue Ram- $7USD
-1 German Blue Ram- $5USD
-1 Cardinal Tetra(they give deals the more you buy, 5 and get 1 free sorta thing)- $.50USD
-1 pot of Downoi, with 4 heads- $3USD
-ADA 60-P- $80USD
-A big bag of moss(depends on the kind) - around $4USD
-Most swords/crypts with nice growth- $1.2USD
-10 Chili Rasboras- $6USD
-a 7"x5" inch densely tied bunch of Java Fern (10" high leaves) goes for $1USD
-a big rhizome of Anubias (bigger than you and your moms hand combined) also goes for $1USD

And of course, no shipping charges, no transport stress to the plants or livestock.

The above prices are for the fish street, if you go to the local HK for sale forums ( http://www.aqugrass.com/phpBB3//viewforum.php?f=2 ), prices are even cheaper. $.10USD for a cherry shrimp, crystal red shimp for $12USD, etc. With +100 cherry shrimp in my tank, I don't bother selling them in Hong Kong, I give them to friends. :)

When the time comes for me to go back to the US, I may just quit the aquarium hobby, there is no way I'd be wiling to pay US prices after living in HK. :)
Wow, after seeing this, I can't help but feel horribly ripped off. :hihi:
 
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