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05 Apr 2016 09:50 #1 by JohnH
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It is with much regret that we have learned that Fintastic Aquatics, a long-time sponsor of our Forum - is no more.
The regret is - not because we have lost another Forum Sponsor - because the fishkeeping community in Ireland has lost yet another independent fish shop.
This is a real shame as they had great plans to renovate the premises and re-open bigger and better but seemingly when the process of renovation got under way it was found by the property owners that it was beyond economic repair and so the shop had to close permanently.
We only learned this yesterday and have now regrettably had to remove the Fintastic Aquatics banner and the shop from the list (now, we're afraid dwindling) of Forum Sponsors.

To those previously involved in Fintastic we wish you well in any future projects or alternative employment.

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05 Apr 2016 12:27 #2 by AquaticGardenDan
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John is there any way to contact them, maybe they still have some bits and pieces.

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Daniel

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05 Apr 2016 12:34 #3 by JohnH
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I don't think so, I heard that one of the lads now works in Seahorse Aquariums, but that was only a bit of 'second-hand news'.

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05 Apr 2016 13:33 #4 by LemonJelly
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Really sorry to hear about this. I've been calling into them basically since I I started in the hobby about 12 years ago, although it was FishFX back then. Really nice bunch of guys who knew their stuff and if there was anything they DIDN'T know, they didn't bull$#!¥ about it. Best of luck to the lads with whatever they do next :cool:

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05 Apr 2016 15:00 #5 by robert
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Only visited the shop once but a nice bunch of guys so wish all of them the best for the future

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05 Apr 2016 17:58 #6 by hammie
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Shame to see another shop gone to the wall!
Had only good dealings with them! Very generous with time and experience

Wish them nothing but good luck for the future

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05 Apr 2016 20:26 - 05 Apr 2016 20:27 #7 by jeff
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JohnH wrote: I don't think so, I heard that one of the lads now works in Seahorse Aquariums, but that was only a bit of 'second-hand news'.

John


Liam, from fintastic aquatics is working for sh now that's a fact I've know Liam many of yrs and was talking to him a couple of wks ago out their, one of the nicest lads you could ever meet, not sure if anything is left from shop most if not all was sold off for buttons just before or after Xmas
This shop was only 10/15 mins from my house it will be sadly missed

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05 Apr 2016 20:45 #8 by JohnH
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Thanks for putting us straight on that one Jeff.

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05 Apr 2016 20:52 #9 by jeff
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No probs

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05 Apr 2016 21:08 #10 by fishmad1234
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Yeah Jeff was a handy spin down I think it started faltering after they moved across the road used to be down there 2 to 3 times a week I remember the first fish I bought down there Black ghost knife fish

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06 Apr 2016 17:50 #11 by jeff
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They had a great set up across the road alright and ur right think after they moved it started to decline a bit, but it wasn't their fault the whole town was getting worse and still is, their is less and less people shopping around now

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06 Apr 2016 21:08 #12 by fishmad1234
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Yeah it's a dead zone these days Jeff


Supposedly the council got millions to do it all up new shops ect but they probally spent it all on that 10 million + library they built :huh:


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07 Apr 2016 13:41 #13 by hammie
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I was up in Athlone towards the end of last year and was surprised at how quiet the place was! I kinda thought things were recovering not getting worse! I had no idea that so many towns (outside the main cities) were so bloody derilict and devoid of business / life! To see the local councils allowing this to happen without stepping in to try keep business alive is alarming to say the least! I know our local town is coming back into its own now, but the business's struggled for years to keep going!

Something needs done to stop the small business decline and the lack of help from local councils

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07 Apr 2016 13:59 #14 by LemonJelly
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hammie wrote: I was up in Athlone towards the end of last year and was surprised at how quiet the place was! I kinda thought things were recovering not getting worse! I had no idea that so many towns (outside the main cities) were so bloody derilict and devoid of business / life! To see the local councils allowing this to happen without stepping in to try keep business alive is alarming to say the least! I know our local town is coming back into its own now, but the business's struggled for years to keep going!

Something needs done to stop the small business decline and the lack of help from local councils


My understanding of the situation in Dunlaoghaire is that there's an attitude at both local/council level of not being willing to change anything. The town has been dying on its @r$e for years now and yet it has so much potential... lovely coastline, a harbour, beautiful parks and houses and some great amenities (the library, theatre, the harbour, the dart, a cinema). Its surrounded on all sides by more affluent, better run areas. Being a fairly large town centre in the middle of all that, it's hard to understand why there seems to be resistance to any kind of development especially since the modern trend is against people wanting to head into Dublin for shopping.

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07 Apr 2016 15:00 #15 by fishmad1234
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I think dundrum carrickmines has a lot to do with the shopping side of the decline down there especially with the Luas it makes it easier to go to them places I was in the shopping centre about 2 months ago and there was only 4 shops open in the whole thing.

The treatment clinics for addicts down there doesn't help lure people in.

It does be like an episode of the walking dead down there.

I agree it is a lovely location with potential to flourish again the seafront is really all that's left down there there is nice restaurants down by the dart station an then further down by sandycove.


It's a shame really


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07 Apr 2016 15:14 #16 by LemonJelly
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fishmad1234 wrote: It does be like an episode of the walking dead down there.

That made me laugh :laugh:
Stillorgan was going the same way after Dundrum/Carrickmines opened. The difference is that they pulled up their socks and did all they could to change. Now the place is thriving again. And it's honestly nowhere near as promising a location as Dunlaoghaire!
Definitely a shame.

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07 Apr 2016 20:33 #17 by igmillichip
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Although DL is only down the road from us, we haven't been there for a while.
It was turning into a ghost town some time ago.................traffic wardens hiding behind dustbins ready to put fines on cars; rather high per-hour parking charges and difficulty to find parking spaces quite etc etc
really don't help.

But, hey, at least there is that new fancy building on the seafront...........

A pity to see yet another aquatic shop bite the dust. I'm not sure where Dimitri is.............one of the people ex of Fish Antics in Monkstown.

Yeah, LemonJelly...........we have recently moved up the road to Stillorgan and the shopping centre is buzzing quite nicely now.
Proof that pulling up the socks can do a great job.

But, hey..............at least DL has that nice fancy build.......ummmm!!! said that already :D

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11 Apr 2016 19:45 #18 by Homer
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Ah sure didn't ya know we are in an amazing recovery!!!

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14 Apr 2016 23:08 #19 by Aroshni
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Such a pity, the shop was a nice place. I'm gonna miss going there and talking with Dimitri.
Wish them the best in future.

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