"The Aquastore" at 71 Churchill Avenue, Southport
The shop is located a few minutes out of the town centre.
Proprietor ;- Alan Bibby. Tel ; 01704 213075
Alan Bibby, who is a member of Sandgrounders A.S. (and also N.W.C.G.) has, since 2007, taken over the running of the shop. He is knowledgeable in all aspects of fishkeeping and with his membership contacts in local groups is bringing in some much improved stock in Cichlids and general tropicals.
Mon CLOSED ALL DAY
Tues 12 noon - 6.00 pm.
Wed 4.00 - 5.30 pm.
Thurs 10.00 am - 8.00 pm.
Fri 10.00 am - 6.00 pm.
Sat 10.00 am - 5.30 pm.
Sun 11.00 am - 3.00 pm.
*New development! - Alan is now finishing trading with Marines. He is concentrating on Tropical Fish and as well as removing all the Marines, he is renovating part of the shop in the back room and fitting new banks of tanks. This will give him more stock and a greater range of tropical fish especially for any aquarists looking for "something a bit different"! It's a case of watch this space and do call in!
I look forward to seeing the new developments and will update this page as they progress.
"The Aquarium Gazette"
The Aquastore is also an outlet for the new Tropical magazine produced in the form of a computer disc. If anyone is interested in "The Aquarium Gazette", please enquire at the counter. There are some excellent articles and photos to browse through.
Sarah who has worked here for many years, including a long stint learning the trade from original owner Jim, is continuing working with Alan. In those days, it was simply "Jim's shop" and in fact I got my first Synodontis multipunctatus from Jim many years ago!
The tanks are all well maintained thanks to the regular water changes and attention given to them by Sarah, so consequently the fish are in good health.
Any local fishkeepers who breed fish, do get in touch with Alan as he will be more than happy for regular trade of quality, local bred fish.
As can be seen in the photo (above) there is the usual range of dry goods stocked. The aquariums are in banks on three sides of the shop and all are planted up. This makes it easy to view the plants in an aquarium setting and all are for sale.
There is in fact a good choice of plants and all are very reasonably priced. The tanks are well labelled with cards showing a photo of the fish and giving basic information about each species. (Unlike an aquarist shop I recently visited where "whip-tales" were available;- enough to make anyone's imagination run riot for some under the counter deals!)
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