I have been a member of the Maidenhead Aquatics Team since 2015 following the completion of my work experience at the Wenvoe store.
I’ve always had fish in the household and grew up with the belief that every home is not complete without an aquarium. I begun making it my own and developing a more in-depth understanding of fishkeeping in my younger teens. I am still learning and refining my knowledge base on a day to day basis through working for Maidenhead Aquatics, so my hobby constantly evolves.
My interest in fish was always there from a young age, I was fascinated by the array of choice, behaviours and colours. I had to learn more and the greatest way to learn is to do!
Up-until recently I kept several Rainbowfish species. Unique behaviours, striking colours and their hardy and forgiving nature made them a great choice. For the Fishkeeper with patience, watching a Rainbowfish grow and develop from little grey fingerlings into bold, active fish of splendour, they are definitely the most rewarding family of fish you can keep!
Working in a pond specialist store that sells Japanese Koi we have a lot of Koi customers that just know exactly what they are talking about, they are a fountain of knowledge and are happy both to teach and to learn. I enjoy the discussions I hold with them.
Take your time, patience allows you to see the path ahead. If you rush, you’ll likely rush into problems that can be very off-putting for a first time Fishkeeper.
If time and space was not a limitation of mine I would love to keep larger predator fish that of the likes of Stingray or Arrowana!
The most interesting thing I’ve learned since working for Maidenhead Aquatics is the culture surrounding Koi. Knowing how to look after Koi and knowing about Koi are two very separate things and until I begun working at Maidenhead Aquatics @ Wenvoe my interest in such things was never there, now I attend Koi shows, clubs and meetings!
I’m always asked if I have a fish with “a bit of colour?”, and “can you part with some advice?” To which I am always happy to oblige!
Most certainly the people I meet, whether they’re an interesting customer or a renowned hobbyist or even another member of staff with similar interests.