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Old 06-21-2011, 09:50 AM  
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Hey guys, I just got back from ChongGyeChon Street South Korea (Aquarium street) in Seoul today. There were about 25 or 30 shops with aquariums and all kinds of aquatic plants in them. The exact address is on the corner of Chonggyechon 7th street and Chongro 54th in Seoul. One particular shop I visited was called NamGook Fish Store, and their website (for direction purposes) was www.namgoog.co.kr

All of the plant displays had ADA Aquasoil or the Chinese knockoff brand (not sure what the name was). The price was still $38 USD for 1 bag so no discounts in Korea! Some of the tanks (about 10%) had a ceramic diffuser with CO2, but surprisingly most of the tanks didn't have any CO2 or much filtration at all. The lighting was power compact fluorescent lighting and looked to be about 2 watts per gallon.

All the tanks were algae free and the plants looked amazing! See for yourself I've listed a whole lot of pics for you.

I also found 2 plants that I think we don't have in the US... yet See them at the bottom of the page





































New plants:

Looks like REAL Marselia quadrifolia


Some type of pellia?
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Whoa! This is very nice, can we have our next club meeting there? =)

Thanks for sharing.
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Haha yea! I know right. Its just ideal. Look at the first picture, you see all that awesome driftwood they have for sale?!?
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So amazing! Wish we had something like that in the US. We don't even have a conference like that. I guess I'm gonna have to go abroad and travel to see it. Problem is that I wouldn't be able to bring anything back. That would probably kill me. ;D



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HOLY MOLEY im going there for a year and ill have access to all of that !! THATS AMAZING WOOO HOOOOOOOOOO!!!
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Hahaha! Yea it was actually quite cool to see. I was surprised though that most of the plants they have are commonly available to us at home. I sort of expected to see more weird plants that nobody has in the US.

doubleott05 you are a lucky guy. I'd love to have access to all these shops on a daily basis. I didn't really ask what the prices on everything were. I found out that the pellia-like plant in the last picture was $30 and the marselia one above it was $15, aquasoil $38/bag. So the prices seem a bit expensive based on just those 3 things.
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Hahaha! Yea it was actually quite cool to see. I was surprised though that most of the plants they have are commonly available to us at home. I sort of expected to see more weird plants that nobody has in the US.

doubleott05 you are a lucky guy. I'd love to have access to all these shops on a daily basis. I didn't really ask what the prices on everything were. I found out that the pellia-like plant in the last picture was $30 and the marselia one above it was $15, aquasoil $38/bag. So the prices seem a bit expensive based on just those 3 things.
I wouldn't be surprised if the prices are high just because the street is famous for aquatics. Kind of like how you pay a premium for a diamond in the diamond district in NYC, at least if you're there as a tourist and not as a wholesale buyer.

That said I'm totally still jealous like whoa.

As for the plant selection, if they had tons of things that we didn't, somebody would certainly bring them over here ASAP and make them available so they could turn a profit on it So I'm not that surprised...
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If aquarium stores in South Korea can display planted tanks like that with no CO2 and only power compacts, why can't aquarium stores in the USA do it?
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Hi Zapins,

When traveling abroad the key word to remember "barter". The prices on the signs are just the asking price; the purchase price depends upon my negotiation skills; especially in the markets.
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seattle.. you are right on i did that in germany, iraq, and hawaii ... all these prices i woudl be willing to bet are extremly flexible. i went to a bazaar selling hats and they wanted like 50$ for hats and luis vitton hats/wallets . it was all authentic i got one for half that price. took it in to a real store to verify and it was real. this was in iraq.
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