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Post by hjbf » Tue, 17 May 2005 12:29 pm

I am moving to Singapore in two weeks time and I am interested in setting up an aquarium with local aquatic plants and fresh water fish. Where in Singapore can I collect aquatic plants and fish for my aquarium?

Also, where can I buy glass because I like to build my aquarium to my own design. In Europe I would go to a glazier who does shop windows where I can usually get second hand glass for the sides and new glass for the front of the aquarium.

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Post by sundaymorningstaple » Tue, 17 May 2005 12:53 pm

hjbf,

I built my own Salt water aquarium years ago before the advent of using tempered glass and built it out of 12mm glass. (250 Gallon tank) Bloody heavy. At the end of the day while it was cheaper to build it myself I no longer think that is the case. If you are like me and prefer DIY for the satisfaction of it, the find yourself a local you feel you can trust and have them get the glass for the tank as otherwise you will get ripped off (by comparison). It would still be cheaper than what you would probably pay at home.

For supplies and stock I would highly recommend
RAINBOW PET & AQUARIUM CENTRE
Block 151 Serangoon North Ave 2 #01-73/77 Singapore 550151
Tel : (65) 287 3988 Fax : (65) 283 8062
Pg : (65) 9 600 9859 H/P: (65) 9 726 8438

There are also other aquarium shops in the same vicinity as well as bird shops. This area was at one time designated as a centralized Pet center for the island.

No I am not connected with the above shop, it's just that I've lived quite near to it for the past 6 years.

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Post by Guest » Tue, 17 May 2005 2:45 pm

Thanks for the tip. My inlaws are from Singapore so I will send one of them along to get what I need. Getting ripped off seems to be a common problem in Asia. I am currently in India..:-)) and have become quite accustomed to that.

What about catching local fish? Are there any lakes or streams where I can get some fish and some aquatic plants? I want the aquarium to contain local plants and fish. Apart from that I enjoy being out in the natural environment when collecting fish and water plants.

Marine aquarium, very nice... are there any reefs or areas where it is easy to collect fish and invertebrates?

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Post by sundaymorningstaple » Tue, 17 May 2005 3:29 pm

Selection of Reef fishes in Singapore or her outlying isles not that great. In the region of course lots but it might be a bit rough trying to collect that way and be able to get them back without adverse effects. Can probably collect freshwater specimens in Malaysia but have never tried the freshwater route as I was a commercial oilfield diver in a previous life.

The invertabrate life off of singapore is okay but the variety is lacking and vis is a real problem.

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Post by dot dot dot » Tue, 17 May 2005 9:58 pm

Anonymous wrote:Thanks for the tip. My inlaws are from Singapore so I will send one of them along to get what I need. Getting ripped off seems to be a common problem in Asia. I am currently in India..:-)) and have become quite accustomed to that.

What about catching local fish? Are there any lakes or streams where I can get some fish and some aquatic plants? I want the aquarium to contain local plants and fish. Apart from that I enjoy being out in the natural environment when collecting fish and water plants.

Marine aquarium, very nice... are there any reefs or areas where it is easy to collect fish and invertebrates?
rule nr. 1 for your fishtank, acquarium or pond: never take fish or plants from nature, as they most definitely contain viruses and/or bacteria that will kill more than create a biological balance and diversity. Stick to the plants and fishes of the professional shops and specialists.

On Upper Thompson road, the various gardencenters also have plants and fishes for your aquarium.

Eric

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fish from nature

Post by hjbf » Tue, 17 May 2005 11:28 pm

Thanks for the advise. I have so far set up successfully aquariums in Brasil, UK and India all with fish and plants from nature. They thrives well and I actually managed to bread some of them and never lost one single fish.... I prefer local plants and fishlife

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Post by sundaymorningstaple » Tue, 17 May 2005 11:52 pm

hjbf wrote:Thanks for the advise. I have so far set up successfully aquariums in Brasil, UK and India all with fish and plants from nature. They thrives well and I actually managed to bread some of them and never lost one single fish.... I prefer local plants and fishlife
My saltwater aquariums have all been set up from nature as well with some exceptions. Always used a quaranteen tank 1st but have never had parasite or virus problems either. Have never even had a case of ick. And that's with almost 30 years of keeping saltwater tanks. Then again, I never, never over crowd my tanks either.

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Post by dot dot dot » Wed, 18 May 2005 9:22 am

Gentlemen,

I rest my case, you seem to be the masters of the universe in this :wink:

I had a couple of bad bad experiences myself and was being told that most of these were due to the fact as mentioned. :cry:

Respect for you guys! 8)

Eric

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Post by Babies » Tue, 24 May 2005 1:38 am

Hi, I think what sundaymorningstaple recommened is a good place BUT things there is EX than a lots of places...actually can said that the price is higger...U can actually go to the farm At Sungei Kadut (Nera CCk) to look for the things u want...
Sorry sundaymorningstaple, I am not against what u recommended but is the facts.


sundaymorningstaple wrote:hjbf,

I built my own Salt water aquarium years ago before the advent of using tempered glass and built it out of 12mm glass. (250 Gallon tank) Bloody heavy. At the end of the day while it was cheaper to build it myself I no longer think that is the case. If you are like me and prefer DIY for the satisfaction of it, the find yourself a local you feel you can trust and have them get the glass for the tank as otherwise you will get ripped off (by comparison). It would still be cheaper than what you would probably pay at home.

For supplies and stock I would highly recommend
RAINBOW PET & AQUARIUM CENTRE
Block 151 Serangoon North Ave 2 #01-73/77 Singapore 550151
Tel : (65) 287 3988 Fax : (65) 283 8062
Pg : (65) 9 600 9859 H/P: (65) 9 726 8438

There are also other aquarium shops in the same vicinity as well as bird shops. This area was at one time designated as a centralized Pet center for the island.

No I am not connected with the above shop, it's just that I've lived quite near to it for the past 6 years.

sms

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