I have been a team member at the Crawley store for 2 years now, I started part time working Saturdays on the 7th October 2017 and became a full time member on the 1st September 2018.
In a way I have been keeping fish since I was born, my parents had a 6 foot tropical aquarium which I grew up with, since then I have always had fish in one way or another.
“My” first aquarium was my parent’s 6 foot tropical aquarium which I grew up with, I believe we had dwarf gourami’s, a couple of clown loach, a common pleco, some kuhli loach, green tiger barbs, a large shoal of cardinal tetras and some others which I don
What got me hooked on fishkeeping was my parents aquarium when I was younger, I used to love watching all the fish and asking my parents questions about them. Also, since working at the Crawley store I have become even more hooked into the hobby
What made me decide to turn fishkeeping into a career was the fact that I have always loved fish, and since we had moved house when I was 7 I was without a fish tank for 10 years, but I did have a pond, and I wanted to get back into fishkeeping and I also
Currently I have 3 main species of fish which I most enjoy, those being Rainbowfish, corydoras and plecos. Corys because there are so many varieties and they have such great personalities (as well as being brilliant mini hoovers which eat sunken food). Pl
So far I have not really had any species of fish which have been tricky or challenging.
Firstly, being based in a shop that mainly focuses on Marine fish I would love one day to own a Marine tank (or two), just because of working in the store I see new species of fish, invertebrates and corals weekly, and every Friday I work there is always
One pearl of wisdom I would give to first-time fishkeepers would be to go to ask for advice, as well as do your research, whether it be in a fish shop, in books, online forums or even Facebook, but always ask for advice and do research. Another pearl of w
One dream aquarium would definitely be some sort of marine tank, especially a huge (1000Litre or upwards) Reef tank, working at the Crawley store I have seen many customer’s tanks in pictures and have been impressed by them, there is just something specia
My most memorable fishkeeping experience would definitely be when I bought my first tank, I got it home and set it up with live plants, bogwood and stones and sat back and thought to myself ‘wow this is awesome’.
I don’t really think there is one thing I have learnt that is more interesting than everything else I have learnt, to me just learning about fish, plants, marine set ups and ponds have all been interesting. If I had to pick one thing it would be that Empe
My favourite aspect of my work at Maidenhead Aquatics in Crawley would be the team I work with, everyone is friendly and informative and we all get on well. Another favourite aspect would have to be fish delivery days/ marine fish day, because I get to un
I don’t think that there is just one question which customers ask the most often, there are just so many questions which we get asked. One being “what fish goes with what fish?” another being “do they really get that big?” when talking to customers about
One of my favourite and most useful bits of equipment is honestly a sheet of filter wool, not only can it be used in filters as filtration, it can also be used to block small holes in the lids of our stock tanks to prevent jumping, but it can also be used
My top tip would for sure be to do your research on as much as you can, and to ask in stores for help and advice before doing anything.
Honestly I would love to visit the rio xingu river in Venezuala, as well as the Amazon river, mainly because many of the pleco species and corydoras species are found in these areas.
It is impossible to pick one customer. But my favourite types of customers are new fishkeepers who want to do everything right and they ask for advice and listen to everything, then they come back all the time.
The most rewarding experience would have to be just working for Maidenhead Aquatics as I see so many different types of livestock, and I get to work with great colleagues and help customers.
There are many different species which I would recommend for a child’s first aquarium, the first would be neon tetras because they stay small so you can have more and they are extremely colourful. Another would be guppies as they are fairly hardy and come
It would have to be the femininus wrasse as well as the mocha storm clownfish.
Quite possibly when customers try to describe what illness their fish have and trying to correctly identify the illness and what to treat it with.
I would say the pygmy/ pea puffers for sure, they are tiny but feisty and scarp over bloodworm and follow you as you walk past their tank.
I do have a pond, it is an outdoor pond housing 3 koi and some goldfish, I obtained this pond from the previous owners of our house as they couldn’t take it with them. The best thing about the pond is that it is low maintenance and quite relaxing to watch
Probably the wild types of betta fish, there are so many types and colours it’s just impressive.
If you are wanting to use live plants definitely go all in and heavily plant your tank as best as you can, the plants absorb nutrients and nitrate and phosphate and help keep water parameters under control.
I can see many of the wild caught species of fish, from freshwater cardinal tetras and shrimps, to many of the marine species being bred and raised in tanks, this is what I would love to see as it would help to reduce the impact on the wild fish numbers,
Build it in a shady area and go as big and deep as you can first time.
Currently I have two aquariums at home, a 160 litre rainbowfish community tank, and an 80 litre which contains 1 male betta and 5 females as well as a school of orange Venezuelan corys and a zebra pleco.