Tropical Fish World Inc

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So we went, we saw- nothing. All the hype on the forums and self marketing seems to be just that. The lounge areas have more of a selection where to sit then actual fish (salt and fresh) and no merchandise to be found unless you want a few 20 gallon tanks.
The livestock quality was extremely disappointing. A Naso tang for $49.99 stuck in a small tank with a lionfish! And the poor Naso was severely ill. All those empty tanks yet they put them in the same tank. Another disappointment was their dogface puffer in with 2 large fish. Again no need to cram fish in with each other forcing them to compete for food and space. Lastly, many fish were obviously "unwanted" fish people had either traded in or just didn't want anymore. As the scars and injuries were too obvious.
With all those people claiming to work there, I found the cleaner shrimp tank with dead shrimp in them yet the employees outside smoking or gabbing to eachother up front.

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So we went, we saw- nothing. All the hype on the forums and self marketing seems to be just that. The lounge areas have more of a selection where to sit then actual fish (salt and fresh) and no merchandise to be found unless you want a few 20 gallon tanks.
The livestock quality was extremely disappointing. A Naso tang for $49.99 stuck in a small tank with a lionfish! And the poor Naso was severely ill. All those empty tanks yet they put them in the same tank. Another disappointment was their dogface puffer in with 2 large fish. Again no need to cram fish in with each other forcing them to compete for food and space. Lastly, many fish were obviously "unwanted" fish people had either traded in or just didn't want anymore. As the scars and injuries were too obvious.
With all those people claiming to work there, I found the cleaner shrimp tank with dead shrimp in them yet the employees outside smoking or gabbing to eachother up front.

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We checked out the "new" Fish World the other day and there is not really much for freshwater selection (just some full grown, 7+ inch, africans....they had a Dragonblood Peacock in with 2 big ass Mbunas....they must not know rule of thumb when it comes to peacocks and mbunas).....looks like these new owners may be more geared towards saltwater :-( Hoping this is only due to the store just having opened back up last week.....so I guess its still Aquarium Outfitters or Fish Room until the "new" Fish World can get in a decent selection of African cichlids. Raleigh needs a GOOD freshwater store and was hoping Fish World would fill that void but we shall see in the weeks/months to come... Also new set up....not a big fan....tank set up is lower to the ground....

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We checked out the "new" Fish World the other day and there is not really much for freshwater selection (just some full grown, 7+ inch, africans....they had a Dragonblood Peacock in with 2 big ass Mbunas....they must not know rule of thumb when it comes to peacocks and mbunas).....looks like these new owners may be more geared towards saltwater :-( Hoping this is only due to the store just having opened back up last week.....so I guess its still Aquarium Outfitters or Fish Room until the "new" Fish World can get in a decent selection of African cichlids. Raleigh needs a GOOD freshwater store and was hoping Fish World would fill that void but we shall see in the weeks/months to come... Also new set up....not a big fan....tank set up is lower to the ground....

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"Dont waste your time"

I have had several poor experiences coming to the store. Granted they are the only store in the area with some selection of cichlids and the fish are in general very good conditions. I went to get price quotes on an aquarium... I was quoted 800 dollars for a 180 gallon aquarium (tank alone). More than double than what I paid for a new one at a local saltwater shop.

I went a second time... as they are the only ones with cichlids

I am not sure how they can charge the prices they do with a straight face. 79.99 for a tank raised frontosa 2 inch.

Everything in the store is at least double what it should cost.
Its the only store though that has some africans that are not just your general assorted fish.

Service is pretty bad when I asked for special order possibilities.

I guess this is the way they can afford to stay in business but when you charge prices like this you really hurt the aquarium community.

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"Dont waste your time"

I have had several poor experiences coming to the store. Granted they are the only store in the area with some selection of cichlids and the fish are in general very good conditions. I went to get price quotes on an aquarium... I was quoted 800 dollars for a 180 gallon aquarium (tank alone). More than double than what I paid for a new one at a local saltwater shop.

I went a second time... as they are the only ones with cichlids

I am not sure how they can charge the prices they do with a straight face. 79.99 for a tank raised frontosa 2 inch.

Everything in the store is at least double what it should cost.
Its the only store though that has some africans that are not just your general assorted fish.

Service is pretty bad when I asked for special order possibilities.

I guess this is the way they can afford to stay in business but when you charge prices like this you really hurt the aquarium community.

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the store is very clean, has great prices, and always has a great selection of saltwater fish. they also have good deals and coupons if you sign up to get email from them. we got live rock for half price from them that had a ridiculous amount of good hitchhikers on it. Also have bought live rock from them with coral on it for no extra charge! every now and then we will see a blue/green chromis with ich on it but that has been the only type of fish i have seen sick in their tanks. There are a couple of the staff that don't know everything but they have told us and went to get someone who does know the answer which was good. Not sure about the whole court thing that someone listed below but that seems like a personal thing that should be dealt with elsewhere, these are reviews for the business. Not one individual. Also, every time we have gone in there they have had several powder blue tangs that look AMAZING and HEALTHY. a lot of places cant keep them alive very long. I am a returning customer =)

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★★★★★

the store is very clean, has great prices, and always has a great selection of saltwater fish. they also have good deals and coupons if you sign up to get email from them. we got live rock for half price from them that had a ridiculous amount of good hitchhikers on it. Also have bought live rock from them with coral on it for no extra charge! every now and then we will see a blue/green chromis with ich on it but that has been the only type of fish i have seen sick in their tanks. There are a couple of the staff that don't know everything but they have told us and went to get someone who does know the answer which was good. Not sure about the whole court thing that someone listed below but that seems like a personal thing that should be dealt with elsewhere, these are reviews for the business. Not one individual. Also, every time we have gone in there they have had several powder blue tangs that look AMAZING and HEALTHY. a lot of places cant keep them alive very long. I am a returning customer =)

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I stopped going to Fish World about a year ago because they simply didn't have sufficient staff to handle the volume of customers on a Saturday. Numerous times I waited over an hour for assistance while staff members took breaks. It's a shame because they have a reasonable selection of marine fish and corals with little competition in the area other than Salty Waters at South Point and Triangle Tropical Fish near Durham Regional Hospital.

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I stopped going to Fish World about a year ago because they simply didn't have sufficient staff to handle the volume of customers on a Saturday. Numerous times I waited over an hour for assistance while staff members took breaks. It's a shame because they have a reasonable selection of marine fish and corals with little competition in the area other than Salty Waters at South Point and Triangle Tropical Fish near Durham Regional Hospital.

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Lionel-
I'm not affiliated with Fishworld at all, but I wanted to tell you that if you've got an issue with the way Jeff handled your custom tank, then you need take him to court! Posting all the details of a deal gone bad will accomplish very little. If you wanted to warn others about hiring Jeff to make custom tanks, then a simple "I paid Jeff $24,000 to construct a custom tank that he still has not completed after two years and numerous excuses" would be sufficient.

All your post did was give so much information that if Jeff were to read it, he would certainly know who wrote it and I wouldn't be surprised if he decided to get even and to take it out on you and your wallet by running up even more bills, delays and excuses.

The bottom line- if you feel that you have been taken advantage of and robbed, then you need to take this crook to court!!

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Lionel-
I'm not affiliated with Fishworld at all, but I wanted to tell you that if you've got an issue with the way Jeff handled your custom tank, then you need take him to court! Posting all the details of a deal gone bad will accomplish very little. If you wanted to warn others about hiring Jeff to make custom tanks, then a simple "I paid Jeff $24,000 to construct a custom tank that he still has not completed after two years and numerous excuses" would be sufficient.

All your post did was give so much information that if Jeff were to read it, he would certainly know who wrote it and I wouldn't be surprised if he decided to get even and to take it out on you and your wallet by running up even more bills, delays and excuses.

The bottom line- if you feel that you have been taken advantage of and robbed, then you need to take this crook to court!!

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MY name is unimportant, but the actions of the owner of fish world is for in two years time the owner Jeff Voet had promised a number of times to complete my tanks and never done so.

I paid this Jeff just on the new 240 gallon tank and upgrades on the 180 of $24,000 and I not had half of what I requested to have on the tanks for now I will be going to a new place and I will have to pay thousands more to do what I wanted in which I had been planning these tanks for more then five years.

Jeff Had promised things and hasn't done what he said he would do and now I will have another two years to get the extra $10,000 in order to do these tanks as in the way I wanted them.

For I will be keeping SPS corals and clams and I was supposed to have 250 watts MH bulbs and Jeff has put in on his own 175 watts and as well on the new 240 gallon reef tank, I wanted to have a huge custom build sump and have a fuge and Jeff said that I couldn't.

The person had taken my money and as the saying goes, he left me flat with a mess that will need to be rebuild again. For all of what he has done on the 240 gallon reef tank, everything will be replaced except for the tank and canopy and the chiller for I told this person that I not wanted to have a sloppy sump with 2-3 skimmers because the thing there is, with the experience he is to have, he gets me a stand that there be only 24" under the tank that no skimmer taller then 22" will not fit meaning that I would have 2-3 skimmers instead of one huge good skimmer to do the job.

I allowed him to do what he did because I cannot do these things myself due to my disability, so I need to be able to count on someone to do the right thing for me.

Now I will be starting after the holidays are over, both reef tanks as fish only systems until I the money to do all of the things that I paid this store owner to do and then pay another fish store to do what he never completed.

So now I figure that it will take me another two years to have the reef tanks in which I had planned on and I also had emailed this Jeff Voet to tell him that I knew of much what he was doing for me was wrong to what I paid for that he also made more money buy getting me less costly equipment.

I will just the same have these tanks in the way I wanted them from the start and will not give up on my dream to have the type of reef tanks I wanted for this is the end of the line for me for these tanks will last me until I can no longer do the hobby.

I`m sorry that I had too paste something like this, but I needed to tell people in what this fish store owner had done with me and now if you who view this can understand me, I paid this Jeff for this tank and upgrades on another tank of $24,000 and he never completed the job and left me in the way it is now and that later I will start both reef tanks as fish only tanks until I the extra cost that it will take to rebuild these tanks.

For the one wrong thing I done with Jeff of fish world was, I paid him that money in about four years up front and what I should had done was bank it and paid him when he done the job.

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★★☆☆☆

MY name is unimportant, but the actions of the owner of fish world is for in two years time the owner Jeff Voet had promised a number of times to complete my tanks and never done so.

I paid this Jeff just on the new 240 gallon tank and upgrades on the 180 of $24,000 and I not had half of what I requested to have on the tanks for now I will be going to a new place and I will have to pay thousands more to do what I wanted in which I had been planning these tanks for more then five years.

Jeff Had promised things and hasn't done what he said he would do and now I will have another two years to get the extra $10,000 in order to do these tanks as in the way I wanted them.

For I will be keeping SPS corals and clams and I was supposed to have 250 watts MH bulbs and Jeff has put in on his own 175 watts and as well on the new 240 gallon reef tank, I wanted to have a huge custom build sump and have a fuge and Jeff said that I couldn't.

The person had taken my money and as the saying goes, he left me flat with a mess that will need to be rebuild again. For all of what he has done on the 240 gallon reef tank, everything will be replaced except for the tank and canopy and the chiller for I told this person that I not wanted to have a sloppy sump with 2-3 skimmers because the thing there is, with the experience he is to have, he gets me a stand that there be only 24" under the tank that no skimmer taller then 22" will not fit meaning that I would have 2-3 skimmers instead of one huge good skimmer to do the job.

I allowed him to do what he did because I cannot do these things myself due to my disability, so I need to be able to count on someone to do the right thing for me.

Now I will be starting after the holidays are over, both reef tanks as fish only systems until I the money to do all of the things that I paid this store owner to do and then pay another fish store to do what he never completed.

So now I figure that it will take me another two years to have the reef tanks in which I had planned on and I also had emailed this Jeff Voet to tell him that I knew of much what he was doing for me was wrong to what I paid for that he also made more money buy getting me less costly equipment.

I will just the same have these tanks in the way I wanted them from the start and will not give up on my dream to have the type of reef tanks I wanted for this is the end of the line for me for these tanks will last me until I can no longer do the hobby.

I`m sorry that I had too paste something like this, but I needed to tell people in what this fish store owner had done with me and now if you who view this can understand me, I paid this Jeff for this tank and upgrades on another tank of $24,000 and he never completed the job and left me in the way it is now and that later I will start both reef tanks as fish only tanks until I the extra cost that it will take to rebuild these tanks.

For the one wrong thing I done with Jeff of fish world was, I paid him that money in about four years up front and what I should had done was bank it and paid him when he done the job.

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This store is mostly wall-to-wall fish tanks. They have their areas separated by type, with a huge pond in the middle. Their prices are great, and selection is even better. They get some pretty rare stuff in. I love going in to "window shop" when I have time. They are willing to help you solve aquatic issues as well. Great fish store. Their hours are strange, so call before you head out there.

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★★★★★

This store is mostly wall-to-wall fish tanks. They have their areas separated by type, with a huge pond in the middle. Their prices are great, and selection is even better. They get some pretty rare stuff in. I love going in to "window shop" when I have time. They are willing to help you solve aquatic issues as well. Great fish store. Their hours are strange, so call before you head out there.

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If you have fish, or are thinking about getting some then this fish store is for you. Very helpful staff, and a wonderful selection of fish supplies and fish.

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If you have fish, or are thinking about getting some then this fish store is for you. Very helpful staff, and a wonderful selection of fish supplies and fish.

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This fish store has an excellent selection of fish for your home aquarium, as well as the tanks and assessories you need to make your aquarium a wonderful place away from the sea for your new frineds.

Great selection, informative staff...and good prices

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★★★★☆

This fish store has an excellent selection of fish for your home aquarium, as well as the tanks and assessories you need to make your aquarium a wonderful place away from the sea for your new frineds.

Great selection, informative staff...and good prices

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Fish World has an awesome selection of freshwater and saltwater fish. It's the only place that I know of that sells starfish and seahorses. The staff is knowledgeable and the prices are fair. You can also get good deals on fish tanks and accessories. Even if you are not into fish, go in and have a look. You will see some amazing creatures.

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★★★★☆

Fish World has an awesome selection of freshwater and saltwater fish. It's the only place that I know of that sells starfish and seahorses. The staff is knowledgeable and the prices are fair. You can also get good deals on fish tanks and accessories. Even if you are not into fish, go in and have a look. You will see some amazing creatures.

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*****UNDER NEW OWNERSHIP********



Please come see us in June. We are in the same location (2205-109 Westinghouse Blvd, Raleigh), but we are not the same owners. This is now a family-run business with a focus on selection, care and customer service. Open June 2011!

More about Tropical Fish World Inc

Fish World provides a wide selection of salt water and fresh water fish. We also carry live rock, live sand, corals, crabs, snails and other organisms needed to create a complete ecosystem. In addition, we have the various chemicals, foods, and other dry goods needed to maintain your aquarium.

 

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