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PostSubject: Driftwood Aquatics   Sun Feb 26, 2012 11:18 pm

Driftwood Aquatics

Address:
416 S. Church Ln
Tappahannock, Va 22560

Phone:
(804) 443-3474

Website:
http://www.driftwoodaquatics.com



Got a question? Checking availability? Want a price? Email us @ driftwoodaquatics@gmail.com
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PostSubject: Re: Driftwood Aquatics   Mon Feb 27, 2012 1:29 am


Driftwood Aquatics: A view into the shop from the front door.

Driftwood Aquatics in Tappahannock is a great little aquarium store which is now also a full line pet store. It's well worth the trip from Richmond and over the last two years or so I have been there three times.

The storefront is on a main street and has a seashore theme, using driftwood and other seaside decor to attract attention. As you enter the first thing you will notice is the humidity. It's a small store and a lot of aquariums have been fitted into this small space so be prepared to take off your jacket - it's humid.

That said, you will soon forget about the humidity as you begin the tour of the shop and browse each set-up. All of the aquariums have much to offer and a careful look into each will bring many happy surprises. For such a small shop there is a great diversity of life in those many tanks. Characins and cyprinids are represented very well with many species that you don't see every day. They carry cichlids from two continents but cichlids are not the main focus of the shop so only so many tanks are devoted to them. Angelfish and Corydoras catfish can be found in many of the tanks, and some of the corys are quite unusual. I found C. napoensis and Rio Ucayali C. trilineatus on one trip and I was told that if there was any specific cory I wanted, to call a couple weeks ahead of my visit and they would try to get them for me. I never took advantage of this offer, so I can't comment on the follow-through.

In addition to the fish, there is a good selection of aquarium plants and many of the tanks are set-up with plants and decor in naturalistic settings. Depending on the day and time of year the offerings may be different in every tank. No display is static, from what I've seen.

All of the above applies to freshwater. The saltwater displays didn't catch my eye so I can't comment on those but the goldfish were impressive. Their website goes into detail regarding how many gallons and what supplies they carry for each kind of set-up - fresh, salt, or pond.

DA is a family owned store with the owners on the premises ready and willing to help you with anything you may need. They are willing to order anything for you, and you only need to ask to see the extensive catalog from their supplier(s). Honestly, I can't think of a single bad thing to say about this store except that it's small. The shop is easy to find as you enter Tappahannock on the main street and parking is around to the side.

Tappahannock is an interesting destination for its history and the antiques shops. Lowery's famous Seafood Restaurant is a favorite with my husband and me and Java Jack's is one of the best coffee shops around, with great food, too.

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PostSubject: Re: Driftwood Aquatics   Thu Aug 01, 2013 8:05 pm

I just wanted to make everyone aware that we had a customer come into our store today and told us there was a devastating fire at Driftwood Aquatics the pretty much destroyed the entire front section of the building which houses there fish department. We were told that it was a total loss in the fish section and the only animal that survived (in the fish section) is Gordan the tortoise. According to an article I found online no one (human) was hurt in the fire. This is all the info I know.
Being in the business ourselves and admiring the small mom and pop pet shops that have been in business for decades this was very sad news for Lisa and I as I'm sure it is for you. It breaks my heart to see someones years of hard work (believe me its hard work) literally go up in smoke. I know first hand the amount of hours, money, hard work and sleepless nights that go into setting up and operating a business like there's and it is gut wrenching to think of losing all of it in one night. Its a very sad day for the Va aquatic community.

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PostSubject: Re: Driftwood Aquatics   Thu Aug 01, 2013 8:25 pm

What a terrible thing to happen! Shocked DA was one of my favorite stores and Tappahannock a favorite destination.Sad 

I am SO glad the tortoise survived. Very Happy  He is totally awesome!

I know you can empathize with them, John.  Thanks for the report.  

Here is a little more:  
RealRadio804.com wrote:
Fire at Driftwood Aquatics Pet Store
July 30, 2013 - By Brooks

The Tappahannock-Essex Volunteer Fire Department answered a fire call last night to 416 Church Lane in Tappahannock. The site of the Driftwood Aquatics Pet Store in Tappahannock.  When firemen arrived they encountered heavy smoke coming from the roof and requested mutual aid from Richmond County.  The fire was held to the front half of the store. The store was one of three in a building including a barber shop and Rednex Sporting goods. Request for aerial trucks were made to Kilmarnock and Hanover but were cancelled after the fire was brought under control.

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PostSubject: Re: Driftwood Aquatics   Thu Aug 01, 2013 11:00 pm

Wow, so sorry to hear this. I too feel the pain of small business owners loss. I was one myself awhile ago. Glad to hear no one was injured, and sure hope the owners are able to rebuild. Our hobby desperately needs these types of stores. The big boxes have really hurt our ability to have good advice, and hard to find items and livestock.

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PostSubject: Re: Driftwood Aquatics   Wed Nov 06, 2013 5:52 pm

The store is officially closed. 

Driftwood Aquatics in Tappahannock is closed but has moved to a new location.  

This is posted on their website:


Check out the facebook page here:
https://www.facebook.com/pages/Gordons-Friends/148331462035229

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