Worldwide aquarium and Pet Center in the Northeast was a bit of a letdown, especially after all of the interesting stores I have been too. It was a little dirty, some tanks were a little hazy, and one wall of fish did not look so healthy. Let’s start with some positives to the store, because there were some.
There aquariums for sale were out on the floor as soon as you walked in: (ranging from 10 gallons to 50 gallons, all the way up to a 125 gallon tank) This was good so you can see what you’re working with, and can have a good idea on what size décor, and what kind of fish you can get. They had a nice amount of different sized bigger tanks too, (50 gallons and bigger). There was a 54 gallon corner tank which was different, and they had around a 75 gallon Bow front that was very attractive. Their decorations were awesome, even without driftwood, and a bad to almost nothing live plant section. There was an array of small to large ornaments. One large one that was a cave, with a landing on top, plus another spot for fish to swim through-I have never seen this item anywhere. They had a whole big wall dedicated to plastic plants. Their rock section was very solid, they had lace, lava, Pagoda, medium carved Rainbow holes (a light rock with a whole in the middle for fish to swim through, pretty cool) and a lot of slate.
The staff was also very friendly; I got asked if I needed help around three to four times by different people. There were also a nice bunch of T5 lights for the planted tank.
Onto the fish, they may have had an all right variety of them, but some of the tanks were a bit dirty. Their best looking fish was their juvenile Black Angels. Black as can be, gorgeous. Their Gourami’s were also very nice. The selection was Dwarf Red Flame, Gold, and Blue. Their catfish would have been better if there were more of the same. The juvenile Cory cats were Sterbai, Albino, Panda, and two that I could not identify, but they only had like two of each kind. Remember that Cory’s like to school. They also had a Green Catfish, not a Cory, but the common Brochis. Another catfish there was a six inch Shovelnose, not sure which kind, it looked like a skinnier version of this: http://www.planetcatfish.com/catelog/image.php?species=sorubim+lima&image_id=7158, pretty cool fish. There were eight to twelve inch Black Channel Catfish, and smaller regular Channel cats and Albino ones too. A variety of a lot of other Cichlids from Central and South America were for sale, all the usual suspects. The juvenile Red Devils looked really nice, and there were a lot of them. Community fish were present, Some Tetras and livebearers. One of their better deals was on their three to four inch Plecos for $4.99, and five to six inch Plecos for $9.99 . (picture of a plecostomus “pleco”) http://www.planetcatfish.com/catelog/image.php?species=pterygoplichthys+pardalis&image_id=1097 . The six tanks of African Cichlids were a highlight in their freshwater department; there were some really nice fish. They were all labeled “assorted African Cichlids” which usually means Mbuna, here is what some Mbuna look iike: http://www.fishconnectiononline.com/images/Shop1108034.jpg . So do your research on which are compatible with your fish, and know what they look like so you know what to buy. If you don’t you could end up with some nasty fights in your aquarium as I have discussed in a previous article called “Types of Freshwater Fish”. (Mbuna come from Lake Malawi.) There were eight tanks of fancy Goldfish and a couple aquariums with Koi. Some of the fancy Goldfish did not look as spry as they could have been, and some looked good, but there was a good variety of them.
The store did not have great prices on filters, but their tanks were reasonable, a little higher than Petsmart, but cheaper than other local fish stores. They only had about four different live plants for sale, and they were covered in algae, plus the tank was a mess. I did not see any live plants in their display tanks either, which is not a big deal, some people like live, and some like plastic. Maybe this is why their plastic plant section was so large, they practice what they preach. However once someone goes from plastic to live, they’re hooked. The store could make some more money selling live plants.
All in all the store was just all right.The tanks with fish might have been a little too dirty for me to take a trip there for pleasure. If you’re in the area by all means take a peek at what they have. There were some nice fish, especially those Black Angels, and their African Cichlids were solid, plus they had a lot of slate and neat ornaments. Also their aquariums of all sizes and aquarium stands for sale looked great, but even with some of these good things, don’t plan a trip there that will take up the whole day, you probably would be disappointed.
STORE: Worldwide Aquarium and Pet Center
LOCATION: 6801 Frankford Avenue, Philadelphia, PA 19135
PHONE NUMBER: 215-624-7300
STORE HOURS: CALL. Not listed.