Just under 18 months.
Around 2 years, my dad kept them during my childhood which inspired me to get my own.
A small heated tank with a male Betta.
The sheer variety of fish available, I love visiting other stores and checking out their stock!
I was looking for a job after finishing university studying animal behaviour, fish wasn’t something we had really covered so i thought it would be an interesting job role where I would learn a lot.
I enjoy keeping the micro rasboras, in a planted set up they look amazing. I also enjoy keeping Bettas, I have several in divided tanks at home.
Tricky one. When I first started I struggled keeping Corydoras, I couldn’t work out why they weren’t doing well and turned out I was keeping them on gravel which was wearing down their barbels, I swapped to sand and they do so much better now.
I’d love to keep a group of rainbow fish in a planted aquarium, once I’ve moved into my own house and upgraded to a large enough tank! Sea horses would also be pretty special to keep one day.
Patience. Take your time and don’t cut corners, it’ll be worth it in the long run.
Tricky one as there is so many I would love to have! Probably a huge aqua scaping tank (1000 litres) filled with a good size group of discus or rainbow fish with some Brochis.
I think it was noticing that my bristlenose had hatched out babies, and watching the dad fanning them. That was pretty cool, as I hadn’t noticed they’d even laid any eggs.
Most of my knowledge and experience comes from working here, as I’m still relatively new to the hobby, but probably the sheer variety of fish that people keep. When you have your own tank at home you only see a snapshot of fish species, working at Maidenh
The fish deliveries, it’s like Christmas when they come in! I also love all the regular customers we have, it’s nice to get to know them and their aquariums.
Is that stuff in the bottom tank pasta? (The filter media)
Filter. It’s the most important part of keeping your fish healthy and happy.
Go as big as you can afford. And do lots of research.
Probably the Great Barrier Reef for the sheer diversity, from a conservation point of view I’d also be interested to see first hand coral bleaching and other environmental effects.
My best customer is probably one that I look after her tank when she goes on holiday. She’s picked out some lovely fish on my recommendations and once when they accidentally left the filter off when they went away she was so grateful that I was able to so
I think when I’ve had customers come back and in and say how helpful I’ve been, it really does mean a lot especially when I’m still relatively new to the company.
Depending on their local water hardness, guppies. Colourful, flashy and active, they are enough to keep a kid interested.
Probably when a customer has come in really disheartened after a problem and believes they aren’t cut out for the hobby, convincing them to have the faith to continue can be pretty tricky, but usually we are successful!
Definitely the puffer fish. They are super interactive!
No. I would like one at some point.
I think archer fish are really impressive!
Go for quality first time around. Buy cheap buy twice!
More kids getting into the hobby would be great, they are the future fish keepers!
Go as big as you can afford, and make sure to incorporate space for plenty of plants and a decent filtration system.
I currently keep 6 tanks ranging in size from 12 litres (shrimp tank) to 70 litres (which is currently planted with micro rasbora, it’s due for a rescape). Waiting for a bigger tank once I’m settled in my own house, currently saving up!