I have been working with Fishkeeper for 2 years.
For 25 years.
My 1st aquarium was a Marina 35 with a goldfish – quickly moved up to a Clearseal 100
I love all animals but I first became interested after visiting my local fish shop regularly.
I had a friend in the trade who encouraged me to go for a position that became available and have a total career change.
I enjoy keep various shrimp and Scarlet Badis, anything nano really.
A banded octopus (kept trying to escape).
I would like to keep a teacup stingray one day.
I would always advise to be patient, rushing anything to do with fish, generally doesn’t turn out as expected.
8x2x2 saltwater aquarium.
Unplanned breeding and successfully raising discus fry.
There are more species of fish than, birds, reptiles, amphibians and mammals combined. I am also amazed at some of my collegues knowledge, I love learning from other people’s experiences.
I like the daily challenges the job brings. No 2 days are ever the same.
Why can’t I keep a goldfish in a bowl/small aquarium.
My favourite piece of equipment is a syphon, very basic but essential piece of kit.
Do a little research on what you would like to keep before you even buy a tank. I see so many disappointed people when you tell them they can’t keep something due to the size of tank or inhabitants they have.
Red Sea or Great Barrier Reef.
I have a great customer who visits every week, but I can always learn something from him.
I find the most rewarding times are when you have a happy customer leave the shop, or passing on my knowledge to some else.
Axolotls are pretty unique, though not difficult to look after.
We had an ongoing issue with a customers tank. Algae kept growing, after multiple water changes we were still unaware as to why this was. 2 months later we tested the customers tap water and found out that this is where the issue was. The customers tap water was extremely high in Phosphate, this was an issue we had to take up with the Scottish Water board.
Porcupine puffer has so much character, always watches you work and the face is so unique.
I had a pond in the past, which was always nice to watch the fish while you were in the garden.
Angler fish or jellyfish.
Always keep up filter maintenance.
I would like to see more tank bred fish in the industry.
Make it as big as you can if you want to keep fish.
I have 3 nano tanks at home.