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    We had a place like that up here closed down now but staff were unfriendly unhelpful just not very nice people until you said you wanted to buy a 2 grand fish then they were like a rash . Went 3 times because it was the only one we knew of around us found the one we go to now and never looked back . Were away at the weekend and got a message saying they had a couple fish they thought we would like and put them to one side until we wanted to go have a look . We got both them that relationship we build over a couple year they know what we want to fish and got it bang on

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    Disappointed to see Queni comment as was intending to go next Thursday to buy fish for my grow on tank? Too far from Gatwick sadly so they seemed the best destination and still a 2 hour drive. Not ready for Yume fish yet who are local.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Djstiles999 View Post
    Disappointed to see Queni comment as was intending to go next Thursday to buy fish for my grow on tank? Too far from Gatwick sadly so they seemed the best destination and still a 2 hour drive. Not ready for Yume fish yet who are local.
    you may like it stiles,it is a nice place,we were just dissappointed,probably due to the friendliness of our locals,theres east midlands koi on facebook,hes around same are i think,where are you,someone might have a suggestion for you,,,andi

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    I’ve bought fish from them at the Koi Show and been pleased in the past. I’m in the Forest of Dean bear Lydney so quite a trek but thought it’d be worth it. Would have waited for koi show but going on holiday straight after so didn’t want to buy fish then leave them for someone else to keep an eye on

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    Agree with Andi and have found a few of these Koi places have a bit of a cliquey (sp?) crowd.

    I have found service / hospitality to be mediocre at best from some of the big name dealers.

    Most of you know the kind of Dealers I've visited and even who I favour for buying Koi, but only 2 places have stood out as being very friendly:

    Drew at Koi Waterlife - He will spend hours chatting and answering questions, very nice fella.

    And today, Ben at Koi Water Gardens. Before he'd let me take the Kirin away he showed me around the whole facility (it is HUGE), how they extract well water (due to being on a meter), all the filters, all the grow on tanks.... He showed me everything and if it wasn't for the missus wanting to go home I could have stayed there all day. I was very impressed by their bio security which included shoe washes between each building. I reckon there was in excess of 60 ponds / tanks across 3 or 4 greenhouse type buildings, every single one of them jam packed with Koi. They buy a lot of Tosai for themselves to grow on, then sell them on as Nisai or Sansai.

    Without naming Dealers, on the negative side:

    I've seen big expensive Koi on websites showing as "Sold", but they were never offered for sale anyway, they are just to suck people in.
    Multiple email enquiries not replied to, especially when they relate to cheaper fish.
    And just travelling a long way to go somewhere but they clearly have no interest in you.

    I'm not on facebook but hear a bit about Dealers bitching each other.

    Also don't like the fact that you miss out on fish because they put them on fb first where their regulars buy them, then put them on the website after they're sold.


    As for Queni Koi, I've never been, but have to say everything I've bought online from them has arrived very fast and very well packaged time after time.

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    My experience of Queni Koi has been positive - I bought one of their QK15 filters and found them very helpful when I visited. They did all the installation work and set up the filter for me and they did a pretty good job.
    I've not bought any fish from them but they appear to have a nice selection (although to be honest most koi look nice to me!).
    It is in the sticks though and if you are travelling and want a drink and bite to eat then I'd recommend you go into the village of Anstey (one junction up the A46) where there are several cafes , pubs and a nice bakers.
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    How is the Kirin Rs?
    I have never been to Koi water gardens but I have read quite a few of their guides including how to build an indoor pond,and I have been quite impressed with the way they explain things in normal words if you know what I mean.
    No pics yet Rs?
    John

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    Sorry to hear you were disappointed in Q/k Andi so maybe I will give it a miss.
    I have used their food for a few years now and their service is excellent.
    Surprised you have never been to Koi Masters near Barnsley Andi,Chris is very down to earth and his knowledge is very hard to beat and the koi are excellent.
    I have bought from there for the last two years about this time of year and a total of 13 koi which I have still all got.
    One new place in Salford which moved from Blackburn is Spring Bank Koi.,havnt been but it's on my list.
    John

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    Thanks for the refreshment advice DeeJay. Will give it a go and see how it goes ��. Best to judge on your own experience I think

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    Let us know how you get on DJ.
    John

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    The service ive had online from qk i have no complaints about at all.even have a qk coffee cup lol.it was just not what i was expecting when we got there.dj i hope you enjoy it.think its uknishikigoi for us next at some point lol.although i think ive got enough koi for now.but i would like one of those lime green metallic koi i saw a while back but now cant remember their name. ..andi

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    1kg mealworms for £7.99 @ Home bargains.
    John

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    Quote Originally Posted by john1 View Post
    1kg mealworms for £7.99 @ Home bargains.
    Yep just got some today

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    Any of you been to Avenue Fisheries? That’s next on my list.

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    Quote Originally Posted by john1 View Post
    1kg mealworms for £7.99 @ Home bargains.
    how do they like it? only ever used live ones for the critters
    the slow pond build thread

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    They usually love em Bowsaw, well mine do anyway

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    Aquaforte drum filter

    https://rover.ebay.com/rover/0/0/0?m...2F254211671851


    £500 cheaper than other places, maybe theres a catch??

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    Quote Originally Posted by bowsaw View Post
    how do they like it? only ever used live ones for the critters
    Go mad for them,as long as your not paying koi tax.
    John

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    Quote Originally Posted by Simon Fish View Post
    Aquaforte drum

    £500 cheaper than other places, maybe theres a catch??
    Good price Simon,out of stock though!!
    John

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    Quote Originally Posted by john1 View Post
    Good price Simon,out of stock though!!
    Oh! It was available earlier, someone's got a deal.

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