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The Professionals - Stavros Tsipas


Stavros' shop, named Abyss, is located at 48, Alexandras Ave., Pedion tou Areos, Tel 210 8838334 & 8838330. E-mail: abyssos@otenet.gr

Introduction by the owner :

It was back then in 1985 when I built my first small tank (10x2x5 cm) with a sole neon tetra which soon passed away. Fourteen years later I started something bigger : an aquarium shop, Abyss. During those years I tried to make my hobby a way of life. This was done with much reading and practical exercise. It all started in my father’s shop – a petshop which, among other animals, had some aquariums. At the very beginning it was only goldfish bowls but in the end it was reef aquariums. Being raised in this environment I learned to appreciate and respect any form of life – you have to realize that, especially if this is going to be the way to earn a living. However, the life form that attracted me most was the fish. Although this was the part with the least information and availability of supporting equipment they immediately got my attention. Unfortunately, during the last years not many things have changed..  Yes, there are new technologies, the fish are now correctly classified, there have been some improvements here and there, but the people in this hobby have largely remain the same.. (at least in Greece).

Comments by MCH:

It is true that Abyss offers its customers fish of good quality, a moderate to good selection of species, correct information and very good prices. Stavros is ready to answer your questions and it is better to follow his advice. I have witnessed many customers who just ignore his suggestions and carry on with their own plans - sometimes leading to unhappy endings. Even if something is not readily available he will do his best to find it the soonest possible. An online "new arrival" webpage as well as an e-mail notification to whoever is interested is also a great plus. All in all, one of the very few places in Athens where you can do your shopping, ask your questions and take some sensible advice. Highly recommended.

A photo of the entrance taken from the back of the ground floor.

Left side of the shop (photo taken from the entrance).

This is called the "spend your money" corner !

A photo of the shop taken from the first floor where the reef tank will be built.

The right side of the shop taken from the entrance. Some tanks are still empty.

A tank for the preparation of water for the water changes.

Stavros Tsipas' fish shop was recently redecorated and now reflects its owner's sight and vision on how such a shop should look like. A clean and pleasant look is what clearly distinguishes this shop. Another thing that makes this place different is that it is only about fish. Among them, cichlids have a very good share occupying more than 50% of his fresh water tanks (at least in water volume) while there is also a good selection of marine fish and invertebrates. A reef display tank with a water volume of almost 2000 liters will soon be available on the first floor, facing the entrance - however we will cover this in full detail. Photos are already taken during the construction stage.. so stay tuned !

Visit Stavros Tsipas Website "Abyss" for more photos and information. Many pages are currently under construction. All photos taken by G. J. Reclos /MCH.

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