Aquatic Ventures Inc

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  • 823 S Main St

    Wake Forest, NC 27587

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  • 919-556-8335

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Sun 11am-7pm, Wed-Fri 11am-8pm, Sat 10am-8pm

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Rude staff, dead animals, questionable breeding practices, known for trying to turn a customers problem around and guilt tripping them before threatening harassment charges if they speak about it..... Sure maybe you will get one of the healthy animals, buy why take the chance and support the neglect of others?

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Rude staff, dead animals, questionable breeding practices, known for trying to turn a customers problem around and guilt tripping them before threatening harassment charges if they speak about it..... Sure maybe you will get one of the healthy animals, buy why take the chance and support the neglect of others?

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This is the best place within 100 miles to buy tropical fish. I know fish - I have a Ph.D. and Kurt the owner gets an honorary one from me based on his long experience and vast knowledge. As for the other pet stuff- I don't care. Don't buy from anyone else.
P.S. Kurt is very intelligent and has a dry sense of humor. The "No Vegans" sign is his way of reserving a few parking places beside his shop when the two vegetable stands across the parking lot are doing a booming business on the weekends.

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This is the best place within 100 miles to buy tropical fish. I know fish - I have a Ph.D. and Kurt the owner gets an honorary one from me based on his long experience and vast knowledge. As for the other pet stuff- I don't care. Don't buy from anyone else.
P.S. Kurt is very intelligent and has a dry sense of humor. The "No Vegans" sign is his way of reserving a few parking places beside his shop when the two vegetable stands across the parking lot are doing a booming business on the weekends.

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It was worth the trip . I was impressed. My wife and I got 4 Discus.they were healthy great looking fish.I will be going back ..Would heartily recomend this place

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★★★★★

It was worth the trip . I was impressed. My wife and I got 4 Discus.they were healthy great looking fish.I will be going back ..Would heartily recomend this place

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I am my children had visited the store a few weeks ago and I was really heated before I had left.
I was looking to buy a small tank for my children and I had seen one in front of the counter and when I had leaned over to check it out more there was a dog laying behind the counter on the floor growling at me. As my children (11 and 13) came into the front where i was... the dog was getting more aggressive to the point we was afraid to move and I had told one employee he snickered and walked away and I had then told the owner and his remarks were.... " He is just doing his job" ????? What is the dogs job???? Biting customers as they come to the counter????
The owner was rude and showed no concern at all and didn't handle the matter.
I would rather travel 1000 miles to another store before I would ever go there again.
The animals are very crowded and seem not to be taken care of the right way. The place should honestly be shut down!!!!!!!!!

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I am my children had visited the store a few weeks ago and I was really heated before I had left.
I was looking to buy a small tank for my children and I had seen one in front of the counter and when I had leaned over to check it out more there was a dog laying behind the counter on the floor growling at me. As my children (11 and 13) came into the front where i was... the dog was getting more aggressive to the point we was afraid to move and I had told one employee he snickered and walked away and I had then told the owner and his remarks were.... " He is just doing his job" ????? What is the dogs job???? Biting customers as they come to the counter????
The owner was rude and showed no concern at all and didn't handle the matter.
I would rather travel 1000 miles to another store before I would ever go there again.
The animals are very crowded and seem not to be taken care of the right way. The place should honestly be shut down!!!!!!!!!

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Good place for fish but many animals are not handled enough. Employees are often very rude. Kurt is also going senial. Sells hamsters and other small animals without correctly gendering them. Keeps both males and females in one cage and refuses to take the babies when they are old enough to be sold. When looking to buy small animals I strongly suggest finding a breeder! Many other pet stores do not handle their animals enough and ask WAY too much for them.

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Good place for fish but many animals are not handled enough. Employees are often very rude. Kurt is also going senial. Sells hamsters and other small animals without correctly gendering them. Keeps both males and females in one cage and refuses to take the babies when they are old enough to be sold. When looking to buy small animals I strongly suggest finding a breeder! Many other pet stores do not handle their animals enough and ask WAY too much for them.

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Buyer Beware! We bought a pump for our pond from Aquarium Outfitters but when we got home we realized that it wasn't the right one (so we ordered one from the company that installed the pond). I returned the pump to the store with the receipt and was told that they do not accept any returns. My husband was not made aware of this policy and even asked if he could bring it back. To make matters worse the employee was completely rude and made me feel like it was my fault that I didn't know what kind of pump we needed. I will never shop at this store again!

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Buyer Beware! We bought a pump for our pond from Aquarium Outfitters but when we got home we realized that it wasn't the right one (so we ordered one from the company that installed the pond). I returned the pump to the store with the receipt and was told that they do not accept any returns. My husband was not made aware of this policy and even asked if he could bring it back. To make matters worse the employee was completely rude and made me feel like it was my fault that I didn't know what kind of pump we needed. I will never shop at this store again!

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Very helpful! Great price for a Texas Cichlid! Very nice place for kids to see (not your everyday) fish and better selection that LPS. I agree it is small but well worth the crowded feeling to get bigger size fish for not much more than fish at Petco and the fish there were healthy! I didn't see 1 dead fish which was a plus for us!

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Very helpful! Great price for a Texas Cichlid! Very nice place for kids to see (not your everyday) fish and better selection that LPS. I agree it is small but well worth the crowded feeling to get bigger size fish for not much more than fish at Petco and the fish there were healthy! I didn't see 1 dead fish which was a plus for us!

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The vegan sign at Aquarium Outfitters is there to kindly remind the patrons of the adjacent veggie stand that parking is for pet store patrons only. I think
Kurt likes vegans!?!

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The vegan sign at Aquarium Outfitters is there to kindly remind the patrons of the adjacent veggie stand that parking is for pet store patrons only. I think
Kurt likes vegans!?!

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Excellent selection!! Great advice!!Open everyday!! Dissapointing in the summer when parking is scarce due to the vegetable stand customers that are not patrons. Calling for the need to add parking signs(no vegans)ha ha. And note most vegans are wearing their leather belts,shoes, or wallets and drinking milk! i love this store and the humors of the world. If that stops you from buying great stuff you cant get anywhere else then its your loss.they been here for 20 years thats older than petsmart!

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Excellent selection!! Great advice!!Open everyday!! Dissapointing in the summer when parking is scarce due to the vegetable stand customers that are not patrons. Calling for the need to add parking signs(no vegans)ha ha. And note most vegans are wearing their leather belts,shoes, or wallets and drinking milk! i love this store and the humors of the world. If that stops you from buying great stuff you cant get anywhere else then its your loss.they been here for 20 years thats older than petsmart!

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I found this shop a little over a year ago through one of the employees at a PetSmart when I was looking for a fairly rare fish. I have 3 aquariums (125 gal, 38 gal and 20 gal) and was looking for something different for each one. Upon the recommendation, I visited this shop and have been blown away ever since. The store owner, Kurt is a wealth of knowledge when it comes to fish and orders things I have never seen at any other shop, and in some cases didn't even know existed. One of my tanks is a fully planted tank and I only stock it with rare and beautiful fish. Kurt knows whenever he sees me walk in that I'm looking for something rare and different and usually has something wild and new to show me.

I religiously visit Aquarium Outfitters every weekend for supplies and new fish. Whether its plants, fish food, chemicals to balance the tank or fertilize my plants, or even just something different to add to my collection, Kurt has it all! My girlfriend and I have three dogs, and I'm always able to find a new treat or toy for them. My roomate has a snake and three firebelly toads, so I'm able to pick up feeder mice or crickets for his pets as well. I used to have to drive all over town to do all this, and now I do it all at one time, at one place! Its perfect!

I live in the North Raleigh area, so the drive isnt too bad. Probably about 15-20 minutes from my house, but I would drive twice that if I had to. Its well worth it. There is not another shop within 100 miles that has what Aquarium Outfitters has. If you have questions, or need help, they are there to help you out with whatever you need. The amount of knowledge available in all the staff members is amazing. Any thing you need to know they will take the time to explain. Interested in a fish that wont work very well in your setup? They will be honest and up front with you. They wont sell you something just to make a dollar. They will tell you honestly before they let you buy something that will die or eat all your other fish. You cant get that at most places. Most places will just sell you something, knowing its going to die or eat your other fish and not care because that just means you will come back to spend more. Not Aquarium Outfitters. They will give you the honest advice and attention you need to make a good decision. In my book thats a very valuable service.

And to the previous review regarding the "Vegan sign"... that was a joke aimed toward the produce stand that is set up next door. Often it is difficult to find parking in the summer months due to patrons of the produce stand using all the parking at Aquarium Outfitters. The sign says "Pet Store Parking only - No Vegans!" as a joke for those parking in their parking lot to shop at the produce stand. Why would a pet store actually care whether their patrons eat meat or not?! Thats rediculous. People need to have a sense of humor, and if you are bothered/offended by something you see, why not ask the store owner. He would gladly clear it up for you.

In summary, if you want to buy boring, sick fish from someone who knows absolutely nothing about what they are selling, go to PetSmart. If you want rare, quality fish and personal attention to your questions and purchases, Aquarium Outfitters is the ONLY place in the triangle area to go. Kurt gained my business, and he will gain yours as well. All you need to do is show up, spend a little time walking around and sooner or later you will be hooked like I am!

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I found this shop a little over a year ago through one of the employees at a PetSmart when I was looking for a fairly rare fish. I have 3 aquariums (125 gal, 38 gal and 20 gal) and was looking for something different for each one. Upon the recommendation, I visited this shop and have been blown away ever since. The store owner, Kurt is a wealth of knowledge when it comes to fish and orders things I have never seen at any other shop, and in some cases didn't even know existed. One of my tanks is a fully planted tank and I only stock it with rare and beautiful fish. Kurt knows whenever he sees me walk in that I'm looking for something rare and different and usually has something wild and new to show me.

I religiously visit Aquarium Outfitters every weekend for supplies and new fish. Whether its plants, fish food, chemicals to balance the tank or fertilize my plants, or even just something different to add to my collection, Kurt has it all! My girlfriend and I have three dogs, and I'm always able to find a new treat or toy for them. My roomate has a snake and three firebelly toads, so I'm able to pick up feeder mice or crickets for his pets as well. I used to have to drive all over town to do all this, and now I do it all at one time, at one place! Its perfect!

I live in the North Raleigh area, so the drive isnt too bad. Probably about 15-20 minutes from my house, but I would drive twice that if I had to. Its well worth it. There is not another shop within 100 miles that has what Aquarium Outfitters has. If you have questions, or need help, they are there to help you out with whatever you need. The amount of knowledge available in all the staff members is amazing. Any thing you need to know they will take the time to explain. Interested in a fish that wont work very well in your setup? They will be honest and up front with you. They wont sell you something just to make a dollar. They will tell you honestly before they let you buy something that will die or eat all your other fish. You cant get that at most places. Most places will just sell you something, knowing its going to die or eat your other fish and not care because that just means you will come back to spend more. Not Aquarium Outfitters. They will give you the honest advice and attention you need to make a good decision. In my book thats a very valuable service.

And to the previous review regarding the "Vegan sign"... that was a joke aimed toward the produce stand that is set up next door. Often it is difficult to find parking in the summer months due to patrons of the produce stand using all the parking at Aquarium Outfitters. The sign says "Pet Store Parking only - No Vegans!" as a joke for those parking in their parking lot to shop at the produce stand. Why would a pet store actually care whether their patrons eat meat or not?! Thats rediculous. People need to have a sense of humor, and if you are bothered/offended by something you see, why not ask the store owner. He would gladly clear it up for you.

In summary, if you want to buy boring, sick fish from someone who knows absolutely nothing about what they are selling, go to PetSmart. If you want rare, quality fish and personal attention to your questions and purchases, Aquarium Outfitters is the ONLY place in the triangle area to go. Kurt gained my business, and he will gain yours as well. All you need to do is show up, spend a little time walking around and sooner or later you will be hooked like I am!

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For a while I have come to Aquarium Outfitters for fish and supplies, because I like to support a local business. This past visit I noticed a sign outside that said "No Vegans." I found this offensive and disturbing, even though I am not a vegan. Why would a pet store not welcome people who are really passionate about animals? Anyhow, this sign is discriminatory, ignorant, and mean. Additionally, the older man who was at the counter made a sexist comment about a female employee.

I will find another local pet store for my needs (there are a few others). I encourage others to do the same, despite the selection at this shop.

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For a while I have come to Aquarium Outfitters for fish and supplies, because I like to support a local business. This past visit I noticed a sign outside that said "No Vegans." I found this offensive and disturbing, even though I am not a vegan. Why would a pet store not welcome people who are really passionate about animals? Anyhow, this sign is discriminatory, ignorant, and mean. Additionally, the older man who was at the counter made a sexist comment about a female employee.

I will find another local pet store for my needs (there are a few others). I encourage others to do the same, despite the selection at this shop.

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I have shopped here many times since I started my own fish tank. After my last visit I will not go back. The store itself is fine, but I find their "No Vegans" sign out front very offensive. (Besides, why would anyone want to purchase a pet from a place that doesn't welcome those interested in animal rights?) Also, the man at the counter (an older gentleman so I think he's the owner) made a sexist comment about his female employee...right in front of my mom and I.

I will take my business to a local pet shop that isn't owned by someone offensive and ignorant. There are certainly plenty others to choose from.

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I have shopped here many times since I started my own fish tank. After my last visit I will not go back. The store itself is fine, but I find their "No Vegans" sign out front very offensive. (Besides, why would anyone want to purchase a pet from a place that doesn't welcome those interested in animal rights?) Also, the man at the counter (an older gentleman so I think he's the owner) made a sexist comment about his female employee...right in front of my mom and I.

I will take my business to a local pet shop that isn't owned by someone offensive and ignorant. There are certainly plenty others to choose from.

Pros: Lots of cool animals inside

Cons: unpleasant staff and discriminatory signs

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I have known the owner for many years and also worked there parttime to learn all I could about raising fish, birds, and other small animals. Kurt is the most knowledgeable person I know, and was a great teacher. I enjoyed the rampart in the shop and the way the customers well all given personalized attention. If I lived closer by I would still do all my shopping there. If you need anything from a Pet Shop you cant go wrong at Aquarium Outfitters.

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I have known the owner for many years and also worked there parttime to learn all I could about raising fish, birds, and other small animals. Kurt is the most knowledgeable person I know, and was a great teacher. I enjoyed the rampart in the shop and the way the customers well all given personalized attention. If I lived closer by I would still do all my shopping there. If you need anything from a Pet Shop you cant go wrong at Aquarium Outfitters.

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I enjoy going in this store and talking fish, They are very knowledgeable and helpful. I will go back often for my supplies and questions. They have a very large selection of fish and supplies. They also have reptiles and other pets with lots of supplies for the care of those as well.

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★★★★★

I enjoy going in this store and talking fish, They are very knowledgeable and helpful. I will go back often for my supplies and questions. They have a very large selection of fish and supplies. They also have reptiles and other pets with lots of supplies for the care of those as well.

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This independent pet shop has everything, knowledge, experience, and selection. Contrary to Emily C's negative animal review,on frequent visits, their animals appear clean, uncrowded and well cared for. When I visit I see carrots and romaine lettuce inclean cages. Unlike most stores,I know they raise their own or come from caring local critter people.
The store looks well managed and is odor free. My children love to go there.

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This independent pet shop has everything, knowledge, experience, and selection. Contrary to Emily C's negative animal review,on frequent visits, their animals appear clean, uncrowded and well cared for. When I visit I see carrots and romaine lettuce inclean cages. Unlike most stores,I know they raise their own or come from caring local critter people.
The store looks well managed and is odor free. My children love to go there.

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I think this store is great as a fish store - I have been there MANY times and purchased fish there. I think the owner and staff are nice and have enjoyed having great fish conversations with them. My daughter loves to go into the store - it is like a treat for her! The only thing I'm concerned about is the condition of the small animals. They have guinea pigs there, but they're really cramped looking. The cage they have them in is too small even to keep one guinea pig in according to all of the guinea pig books. I considered buying one from them, but am not sure they know how to properly care for these small animals and don't want to buy from there when they will just replace the one I buy with another unfortunate being. If you go into this store, please inquire about the condition of these little ones. It's so sad to see them being treated this way.

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I think this store is great as a fish store - I have been there MANY times and purchased fish there. I think the owner and staff are nice and have enjoyed having great fish conversations with them. My daughter loves to go into the store - it is like a treat for her! The only thing I'm concerned about is the condition of the small animals. They have guinea pigs there, but they're really cramped looking. The cage they have them in is too small even to keep one guinea pig in according to all of the guinea pig books. I considered buying one from them, but am not sure they know how to properly care for these small animals and don't want to buy from there when they will just replace the one I buy with another unfortunate being. If you go into this store, please inquire about the condition of these little ones. It's so sad to see them being treated this way.

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They have everything you need for your aquarium. Not the largest place and not so great on parking but has a wide selection. Also has rodents too. Very child friendly, while I was in on my last visit the guy that worked there explain what "hot" snakes were to my daughter.He even gave me some pointers about our fish tank.

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They have everything you need for your aquarium. Not the largest place and not so great on parking but has a wide selection. Also has rodents too. Very child friendly, while I was in on my last visit the guy that worked there explain what "hot" snakes were to my daughter.He even gave me some pointers about our fish tank.

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We love this pet store. We purchased the sweetest Bearded Dragon from here, and we have had her for a few years now. If you love exotic pets, this is the place to go. They have a large selection and the prices are about average.

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We love this pet store. We purchased the sweetest Bearded Dragon from here, and we have had her for a few years now. If you love exotic pets, this is the place to go. They have a large selection and the prices are about average.

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