About 10 years.
What was your first aquarium and what fish did you keep in it?
The variety and behaviour of the fish.
I love animals and find aquatic life very fascinating. I started working in a pet shop with a fish and reptile department just after I had turned 16 years and really enjoyed working with the livestock.
I love my little Chilli Rasbora. They have got lovely characters and are very calm fish in general. Watching them helps me to "switch off" after a long day.
Boulengerella lateristriga. It took a lot of time and research to set up a tank for them and turned out to be tricky getting them to accept food. After settling in they were all fine and great fish to care for.
Blue Tetra (Boehlkea fredcochui) ! The transformation from a young, grey fish to a medium sized, stunning blue/purple coloured adult is incredible.
Be patient and do research. Choose first what fish you like and then research on how to keep it before setting up a tank. A common mistake is that people set up a small tank just to realise that the size is not suitable for the fish they wanted or really
A large amazon biotope aquarium.
We had a lovely breeding pair of Angelfish. It was interesting watching them how they looked after their eggs and how they cared for their fry.
I always kept pond fish and tropical fish, but since I have joined Maidenhead Aquatics, I have learnt a lot about marines too.
Working together with likeminded people and working with such a huge variety of Livestock.
How many fish can I have in my tank' is the most asked question closely followed by 'Can I keep these fish with my current fish?'
Filters! No Filter = No Fish. Always get the correct filter for your aquarium and the fish you are going to keep in it.
Go as big as you can. Take your time and do plenty of water testing and research before adding the first animals to it.
One of the best experiences in my life was travelling to Brazil, exploring the habitat of our aquarium fish. I'd love to go there again at a different time of the year.
I had a lovely couple looking for their first fish tank. They listened to all the advice I gave them, carefully researched what they wanted to keep and when they decided that they like Malawi Cichlids, they got a huge tank for them with the correct Equipm
I always find it very rewarding if customers come back saying that they are happy with our service, that their tank is going well and that their fish are happy.
I would recommend something small and easy to look after. Minnows are great, they show an interesting behaviour and are suitable for a temperate aquarium. For a tropical aquarium, I would recommend small tetra. I would highly recommend to not choose a Gol
Our Gem Tang.
We have got a very friendly Koi carp in our indoor pond who is very different to all our other fish.
Yes. Goldfish are awesome to watch, and Koi Carp behave just like dogs. It is nice to sit by the pond, interacting with the fish and watching them. Besides that, it is awesome providing the right plants for all different kinds of animals that visit the po
Elachocharax georgiae. I can barely think of any other species that could beat their character and the way they live and are able to survive even in a very difficult environment.
Be patient and do you research.
During a trip with Project Piaba in Brazil in 2018 I interconnected with the local communities that make a sustainable living from the aquatic industry. Project Piaba is a non-profit organisation which researches the sustainable aquarium pet fish collecti
Ensure it is deep enough to avoid issues with your fish in the winter. Never forget to use underlay underneath your liner.
One. It is a planted aquarium with Chilli Rasbora, Otocinclus and some Cherry Shrimp.