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Here is our story.......


Ocean Corals and Reptiles was originally Ocean Corals, created early 2009 by Paul, a joiner by trade. Marine aquatics was his passion and he spent many hours looking after his own display tank at home.  Back in 2008 when the recession hit, Paul was made redundant from the trade so to try and get a bit of money started fragging his own corals to sell. Eventually the idea came to him to set up his own coral shop in a small unit in York. There were no other marine aquatic shops in the area so took the bull by the horns and set up in January 2009 in a small workshop in Clifton Moor.


To say Paul only set up to cultivate and sell his own corals, just shows how much of a success the shop really is. The corals flew out the door, dry goods companies came on board, a fish system was set up and an extra pair of hands recruited. This carried on until he needed more space so knocked through to the next workshop to create more space for dry goods. Suppliers could see how successful the shop was and wanted their products in.


The customer based grew and grew, word of mouth being the company’s main advertising tool so Paul thought the shop needed to be even bigger. So.....he give the second unit back and knocked through to the next one which was even bigger. An extra pair of hands recruited, more suppliers on board, more livestock was added not to mention the extra dry goods and bigger water containers.


Business was booming and as Paul is known for getting itchy feet, he felt the shop needed to grow even more. His other passion was reptiles, having bred (and still does) his own ball pythons and having kept corn snakes as a child. So....the next mission was to find even bigger premises to stock the reptiles as well.


In February 2015 he did just that and here we are today, in larger premises, a vast range of reptiles and dry goods, not forgetting the fish, corals and invertebrates. Paul has a great team working with him now having a total of 5 employees under his belt. Lets see what 2016 brings us................

Ocean Corals & Reptiles is a marine aquatic and reptile shop dedicated in sourcing the most sought after marine fish, corals and reptiles available here in the UK.


Based in Clifton Moor, York, we stock over 300 corals, over 200 fish and 200 reptiles at any one given time. We have a large selection of dry goods available from all the well know brands.


We pride ourselves in providing honest advice to the customer, based on what we know and have experienced. We only stock products that we truly believe in and currently use in our shop for both the stock tanks, display tank and our own vivariums.


We also specialise in custom build aquriums and vivariums for the home and business premises. Full set ups are available and we can also provide installation and maintenance services to suit.


Dry goods are are available which include suppliers such as Habistat, ZooMed, Seneye, Exoterra, TMC , D-D, Deltec, Seachem, EcoTech Marine and many more. We only stock products that we use and believe have a true benefit to the marine aquarium, reptile habitat and its livestock. Should we not having something in stock we can always order items in.


Should you require any help or information, please do not hesitate to contact us via telephone, email or facebook.

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Opening Times


Monday 9.30 - 5.00

Tuesday 9.30 - 5.00

Wednesday 9.30 - 5.00

Thursday 9.30 - 7.00

Friday 9.30 - 5.00

Saturday 10.00 - 5.00

Sunday 10.30 - 4.00


Bank Holidays 10.30 - 4.00

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