Reader rec­om­mended shops

Tell us about your favourite aquatic shop and why you love it. Or why not take a selfie out­side your top shop? Spread the love and rec­om­mend the shops you think other fish­keep­ers should be vot­ing for in our read­ers’ poll to find the 2017 Re­tailer of the Y

Practical Fishkeeping (UK) - - Readers’ Poll -

For me there is only one shop and that is Pier Aquat­ics, Wi­gan. Ja­son Gard­ner

Coast Aquat­ics in Haver­ford­west, Pem­brokeshire is the best you could find. Al­ways ready to help and ad­vise you on the cor­rect fish, food, equip­ment etc. Well rec­om­mended. Caro­line Terry

Aba­cus Aquat­ics in Kent — not a huge store, but some­how they man­age to have an amaz­ing se­lec­tion of fish, in­clud­ing some rare stuff. Al­ways re­ally clean and tidy too. Bit of a trek for me, but I al­ways try to go there when I’m in the area. Karen Cutts

I can’t re­ally say my favourite as I work in a store. Al­though I do like Maiden­head Aquat­ics Fare­ham, Southamp­ton and

Wil­ton, and I’ll visit Gosport dur­ing the sum­mer. I like the se­lec­tion and it’s bril­liant to see good qual­ity gold­fish for once at a store. Maiden­head Aquat­ics @ Southamp­ton has a good se­lec­tion with healthy stock, Wil­ton is very good for any­thing un­usual, specif­i­cally ple­cos!

I do like my work but I can’t re­ally make any com­ments on it as it’s not fair, see­ing as I work there! I can say that ev­ery­one is re­ally friendly though! Re­becca Bent­ley

Maiden­head Aquat­ics @ Trow­ell and Wharf Aquat­ics in Notts for me! Emily Cook

Pier Aquat­ics in Wi­gan is deffo be­com­ing (if not al­ready) the mecca for fish­keep­ers. I’m lucky I live here but un­lucky cos I’m poor! Paul Der­ri­cott

Pier Aquat­ics every time for us, there is nowhere else that comes close. Jackie Triscott

Dis­cov­ery Aquat­ics, Dundee. Great se­lec­tion of fish and the staff are help­ful and knowl­edge­able. Nathan Dun­can

Lincs Aquat­ics — HUGE store, LOADS of trop­i­cals; GREAT pond fish! William C.

Maiden­head Aquat­ics @ Fin­don — great staff who have gone out of their way to help. Qual­ity fish and kit and sen­si­ble pric­ing. David Price

This poll needs a new name — long gone are the days when just read­ers of the mag­a­zine voted by fill­ing in a form and re­turn­ing it in the post! Stand out shop I have been to on my trav­els: Gold­fish

Bowl, Ox­ford — proper bricks and mor­tar tra­di­tional shop, not a shed in a gar­den! Mark Even­den

Somefin Fishy, Greasby on the Wir­ral. Fab­u­lous fam­ily run shop. It’s small but per­fectly formed. Ev­ery­one who works there is su­per friendly and gen­uinely cares about their fish. Nicky Arthur

Wharf Aquat­ics in Pinx­ton, Notts., for me. There are some high qual­ity shops I haven’t vis­ited but of the shops I have vis­ited it’s Wharf. Fish se­lec­tion is awe­some and the staff are en­thu­si­as­tic to talk fish geek stuff. There is al­ways a mem­ber of staff with a spe­cial­ism of in­ter­est. Steven Baker

Maiden­head Aquat­ics @ Ched­dar. Great staff — and you must go and say hello to Mr James the Mbu puffer! Gaina

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