I have been with Fishkeeper Scotland for 6 and a half years
I have been keeping fish for 25 years
It was a four foot community tank with tetra and Angels. A few unsuitable fish too!
The Betta. Absolutely phenomenal fish. It was my intro to more specialist fish. I have always had at least one betta tank in my home since I started keeping them.
Ill be honest, it was pure luck. I was looking for a new job at the time and a part time post came up on line. I didn’t tell anyone about it because I didn’t want to boagy myself. Im still excited that I work in my dream career
Its all about The African Cichlid !!!!!! Mbuna are just the best. Aggressive, active, intelligent and truly badass. They are also create fascinating family units and are amazing parents. They simply are never boring. The Politics !!!!!!
For a long time Corydoras were tricky for me and for many years I didn’t know why I couldn’t keep them healthy. I now know that I was simply introducing them too early.
I would love to keep an octopus
A 10 ft rift valley set up.
This one is difficult. The moment when a fish recognises you and interacts is always the best. I have a porcupine puffer called kevin who dances for me every day when I come home. And he spits water at me if I’m slow with his mussel! I love our interaction. But also, once I had a Bumblebee Cichlid who made a fighting arena in his tank and would sit in the middle waiting for unsuspecting males to swim past. He made it behind a wall of rock so I didn’t know till I found one of his victims!
Before I started with the company I didn’t know anything about Marines. Learning about coral is amazing
I love maintanance! Cleaning algae and syphoning makes me happy.
Can these fish live together?
Your filter. It is paramount to the health of your tank
Do your research!
Any customer who takes away advice and incorporates it into their own practice get a thumbs up from me. I also love it when they bring in pictures of their tanks so we can see their hardwork. And when we watch customers develop and grow! I have a lot of customers who started off with 30l guppy tanks and now have 300l specialist tanks or marine!!!
Working with the animals is simply the best
Tetra. In Edinburgh we have softwater so tetra fit in really well. In theory they would be the easiest fish to start with.
Walter the Frogfish, Trigs the Jigsaw Trigger, and the stingrays,
When you test water and the parameters are all over the place it can be difficult because if your alkalinity is high but your general hardness is low, sometimes the chemistry doesn’t make any sense. Customer can get quite disheartened when this happens. When this happens one product isn’t going to sort your problem. I would talk the customer through their maintanance ( if they tell me step by step what they have done, they can sometimes answer their own questions). A water change may help lower the alkalinity in conjunction with minerals and live bacteria should help settle the situation.
At the moment it has to be the Pink tail trigger
I have never had a pond
Keep you hands out the tank !!!!!!!
It is so important that we not only consider the sustainability of the fish in our trade but also the livelihood of the fishers who count on us. I would like to see the introduction of licenses- a bit like a mini test for budding fishkeepers.
The bigger the better!
I have a betta tank, an apistogramma planted aquarium, a fish only marine tank, and a Mississippi Map Turtle tank.